top of page
  • Writer's pictureEditor

Supporting essential bus services to the City Centre

Southampton City Council has announced it will provide support to some essential bus services in Southampton so that people can continue to use these services. As bus travel emerges from the pandemic the Council is proposing to provide the support until at least the Summer, in advance of long-term Government funding for buses being announced.


The Council will continue to support the X12 service between City Centre, Freemantle & Shirley, and the three Bitterne Hoppa services, operated by Xela Bus. These provide vital links for people wanting to access services in Shirley, Bitterne and the City Centre and will continue to be funded by Southampton City Council.


In addition, the Council stepping in and providing support for the X11 service, currently operated by Xelabus, between Lordshill and the City Centre. This is being done to ensure that this critical service continues following the bus operator’s decision that they cannot operate it commercially. This will mean that the X11 will continue to run as currently.


The hours of operation and frequencies of all services will remain as they currently stand.

The news comes with the Council awaiting the outcome of a its Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) and developing an Enhanced Bus Parntership, which could see the introduction of innovative ticket offers, bus priority at all traffic signals, safer and accessible bus stops for all and potential for government funding to support new or enhanced services. Successful funding could also mean the Enhanced Partnership would work on keeping the buses at the highest standard and moving towards zero emissions and as we continue to emerge from the pandemic.


Councillor Jeremy Moulton, Cabinet Member for Growth, said: “We recognise the importance of bus services in Southampton and we’re pleased to be supporting residents who rely on these routes especially as we continue to adjust to a new normal in travel behaviours as a result of the pandemic. Buses are an excellent way to travel around the city and we are proud that ours have the highest green credentials, making them an environmentally-friendly option for everyone.”


The city’s bus services carried 20 million passengers in 2019 and while the pandemic has caused a drop in passenger numbers, the figure recovered to 10million in 2021.


The services will be subsidised through the Department for Transport (DfT) Local Authority Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG).



0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Food Festival to be bigger than ever

Hampshire Fare is delighted to announce that this year’s 21st Hampshire Food Festival is even bigger with a whole summertime of events running from 1st July to 31st August. Tracy Nash, Commercial Mana

Ancient shipbuilding skills come to life

Vistitors can watch hands-on shipwrightry at Buckler’s Hard when the Shipwright School returns to the maritime village on the banks of the Beaulieu River for the late May bank holiday weekend. People

Tourist centre re-opens

Gosport’s tourist information centre has re-opened following a deal between Gosport Borough Council and a local holiday business. Maritime Heritage Tours, run by Mike Critchley, has taken over the cen

Comments


bottom of page