New bus service from Eastleigh to Hedge End to be introduced

Daily Echo: New bus service from Eastleigh to Hedge End to be introduced New bus service from Eastleigh to Hedge End to be introduced

A NUMBER of new bus services will be introduced to a Hampshire town after a family-run firm decided to expand its routes.

Xelabus will start up a new service from Eastleigh to Hedge End retail centre after a bus service previously operated by Velvet buses will leave people “high and dry”.

From next Monday the X4 service will operate every half hour during the week and every hour on Saturdays for residents in Parkway, Mansbridge and West End as well as students at Barton Peveril College.

Philip Blair, managing director for Xelabus, said the firm was adding the extra services as part of an expansion plan.

He said: “There are lots of people in the Hedge End area who feel as if they have been left high and dry. We believe it’s an important service and that there’s a market to be built upon.”

On Saturday Velvet buses stopped running their ‘A’ service between Eastleigh and Hedge End, although it will continue to run between Hedge End and Southampton.

The chairman of Eastleigh Borough Council, Councillor Keith House welcomed the news.

He said: “We are always keen to see new buses in our area and we wish them every success in making a competitive service in the future and providing a great service.

Between 9.30am and 3.30pm offpeak buses will also enter Haskins car park where passengers can exchange a voucher for a beverage in the shop restaurant as part of a trial period until autumn.

The X7 service between Eastleigh and Chandler’s Ford will double in frequency from hourly to every 30 minutes during the day.

They will also be extending the X3 service between Eastleigh and Asda in Chandler’s Ford to Boyatt Wood.

Mr Blair added that the 30- minute service from Chandler’s Ford will provide more capacity on a route where demand is high on parts of it.

He said: “These changes just go to show how much we learn from our customers on travel requests within the Eastleigh area.

“We are very excited about our new X4 service which will replace the Velvet A route and give customers a more reliable service to and from Hedge End.”

Velvet managing director Phil Stockley said severe congestion and dwindling passenger numbers led him to axe the route after six years.

But he congratulated Xelabus and said: “They have other ideas.

“Good luck to them and I hope they do well.”

More details of the changes can be found at xelabus.info.

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11:57am Mon 16 Jun 14

georgemiller89 says...

Bit misleading..

Velvets A service is still running until Sat 21st, not 14th. And Xelabus are taking over the route from the Monday (as First run it on Sundays) so it's hardly a 'new' route. And pretty sure it was all pre-planned, so no one was left high and dry. Especially as Xelabus are allowing anyone with monthly velvet tickets to still travel with them until they expire.
Bit misleading.. Velvets A service is still running until Sat 21st, not 14th. And Xelabus are taking over the route from the Monday (as First run it on Sundays) so it's hardly a 'new' route. And pretty sure it was all pre-planned, so no one was left high and dry. Especially as Xelabus are allowing anyone with monthly velvet tickets to still travel with them until they expire. georgemiller89
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3:52pm Mon 16 Jun 14

one in a million says...

Those with blue rinses must be excited.
Those with blue rinses must be excited. one in a million
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2:19am Tue 17 Jun 14

Dave Of The South says...

Sensationalism journalism with disregard for the truth.
Velvet decide to stop running between Hedge End & Eastleigh - their commercial decision. Xelabus decided (as part of a 'deal' with Velvet) that they'd take over the route & rename it X4. That's it. In fact the evening buses on the X4 will be run by Velvet under contract to Hampshire County Council. Sunday buses are also run under HCC contract but instead of Xela/Velvet it'll be Firstbus. That's it. No one left "high & dry"! Utter C**p!
Sensationalism journalism with disregard for the truth. Velvet decide to stop running between Hedge End & Eastleigh - their commercial decision. Xelabus decided (as part of a 'deal' with Velvet) that they'd take over the route & rename it X4. That's it. In fact the evening buses on the X4 will be run by Velvet under contract to Hampshire County Council. Sunday buses are also run under HCC contract but instead of Xela/Velvet it'll be Firstbus. That's it. No one left "high & dry"! Utter C**p! Dave Of The South
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6:11am Sat 21 Jun 14

AndersonSmith says...

Looks cool, I never knew you could post about it, good to know thanks! You show very latest and important things. This is very nice post! I will bookmark this blog.Let us know about myself
Looks cool, I never knew you could post about it, good to know thanks! You show very latest and important things. This is very nice post! I will bookmark this blog.Let us know about myself AndersonSmith
  • Score: -1

5:56am Thu 26 Jun 14

Muppet Destroyer says...

In the afternoons Xela Bus do not seem capable of running this service after 3 days of running the service twice the 1555 & 1625 from Hedege End have not arrived in my opinion they seem to be playing at running a bus company in the morning they can run buses but if you want to travel in the afternoon i suggest to travel from Hedge End to Eastleigh use Brijan Tours number 8 service it might take longer but the buses run when they should!
In the afternoons Xela Bus do not seem capable of running this service after 3 days of running the service twice the 1555 & 1625 from Hedege End have not arrived in my opinion they seem to be playing at running a bus company in the morning they can run buses but if you want to travel in the afternoon i suggest to travel from Hedge End to Eastleigh use Brijan Tours number 8 service it might take longer but the buses run when they should! Muppet Destroyer
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