New Solent Go travelcard will allow residents to use multi modes of transport

Hythe Ferry

Hythe Ferry

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter

A NEW travelcard has been launched in Southampton in a bid to give city residents a smoother ride.

The new Solent Go travelcard provides the freedom and flexibility to hop on and off most buses and for the first time, ferries in the region, making travel in the south of Hampshire easier than ever before.

The daily, weekly or monthly “smart” electronic travelcard will launch next month, replacing the existing Solent Travelcard, and will mean passengers will not need the right cash in hand.

It is hoped the move, which has seen nine bus companies and four ferry operators sign up, will encourage more motorists out of their cars and onto public transport, cutting traffic queues and parking problems for everyone.

The smartcard will be fixed at £8 per day, £30 per week and £100 per month for almost unlimited bus travel across the region, while a selection of ferry tickets can also be added to the card.

Ferry operators participating in the travelcard scheme include Red Funnel, Gosport Ferry, Hovertravel and Hythe Ferry.

Thomas King, from Solent Transport said: “It’s great news for everyone in the south Hampshire region.

“We are confident that those who already use public transport will find their journeys quicker and easier and hope it will encourage those who have yet to try out the great public transport options in the area to give it a go.”

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11:19am Sun 6 Jul 14

SotonGreen says...

If it included local trains it might actually be useful.
If it included local trains it might actually be useful. SotonGreen
  • Score: 16

2:31pm Sun 6 Jul 14

KSO16R says...

SotonGreen wrote:
If it included local trains it might actually be useful.
And why isn't it useful without rail travel included ?
[quote][p][bold]SotonGreen[/bold] wrote: If it included local trains it might actually be useful.[/p][/quote]And why isn't it useful without rail travel included ? KSO16R
  • Score: 3

3:01pm Sun 6 Jul 14

sotonbusdriver says...

KSO16R wrote:
SotonGreen wrote:
If it included local trains it might actually be useful.
And why isn't it useful without rail travel included ?
Rail travel still remains much faster and smoother than bus travel.... By bus from Southampton to Portsmouth to catch the hovercraft to Ryde, the bus journey is some 90mins including a change of bus at Fareham, or going to Gosport and using the ferry, to Portsmouth and a walk from there to the Hovercraft...
By train its only about 30mins straight to Portsmouth harbour and short bus ride to Southsea seafront... Saving some hour on the journey each way...
If it is a day trip to Ryde, that is a saving of over 2 hours by bus, making it a feasible day out, I wouldn't wish to try the journey by road, unless i was in a car...
[quote][p][bold]KSO16R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SotonGreen[/bold] wrote: If it included local trains it might actually be useful.[/p][/quote]And why isn't it useful without rail travel included ?[/p][/quote]Rail travel still remains much faster and smoother than bus travel.... By bus from Southampton to Portsmouth to catch the hovercraft to Ryde, the bus journey is some 90mins including a change of bus at Fareham, or going to Gosport and using the ferry, to Portsmouth and a walk from there to the Hovercraft... By train its only about 30mins straight to Portsmouth harbour and short bus ride to Southsea seafront... Saving some hour on the journey each way... If it is a day trip to Ryde, that is a saving of over 2 hours by bus, making it a feasible day out, I wouldn't wish to try the journey by road, unless i was in a car... sotonbusdriver
  • Score: 4

4:42pm Sun 6 Jul 14

KSO16R says...

sotonbusdriver wrote:
KSO16R wrote:
SotonGreen wrote:
If it included local trains it might actually be useful.
And why isn't it useful without rail travel included ?
Rail travel still remains much faster and smoother than bus travel.... By bus from Southampton to Portsmouth to catch the hovercraft to Ryde, the bus journey is some 90mins including a change of bus at Fareham, or going to Gosport and using the ferry, to Portsmouth and a walk from there to the Hovercraft...
By train its only about 30mins straight to Portsmouth harbour and short bus ride to Southsea seafront... Saving some hour on the journey each way...
If it is a day trip to Ryde, that is a saving of over 2 hours by bus, making it a feasible day out, I wouldn't wish to try the journey by road, unless i was in a car...
So are you saying it is useless without rail travel?
[quote][p][bold]sotonbusdriver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KSO16R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SotonGreen[/bold] wrote: If it included local trains it might actually be useful.[/p][/quote]And why isn't it useful without rail travel included ?[/p][/quote]Rail travel still remains much faster and smoother than bus travel.... By bus from Southampton to Portsmouth to catch the hovercraft to Ryde, the bus journey is some 90mins including a change of bus at Fareham, or going to Gosport and using the ferry, to Portsmouth and a walk from there to the Hovercraft... By train its only about 30mins straight to Portsmouth harbour and short bus ride to Southsea seafront... Saving some hour on the journey each way... If it is a day trip to Ryde, that is a saving of over 2 hours by bus, making it a feasible day out, I wouldn't wish to try the journey by road, unless i was in a car...[/p][/quote]So are you saying it is useless without rail travel? KSO16R
  • Score: 1

5:01pm Sun 6 Jul 14

loosehead says...

£100 a month? surely if you buy a card for £100 then you should get £100 worth of travel from it say at a reduced rate?
I spend £20 at the most in petrol per month so how would this entice me from my car?
The Oyster card lasts until you've done enough journeys to cover the amount you have on the ticket not once the month's run out.
£100 a month? surely if you buy a card for £100 then you should get £100 worth of travel from it say at a reduced rate? I spend £20 at the most in petrol per month so how would this entice me from my car? The Oyster card lasts until you've done enough journeys to cover the amount you have on the ticket not once the month's run out. loosehead
  • Score: 8

5:45pm Sun 6 Jul 14

WalkingOnAWire says...

loosehead wrote:
£100 a month? surely if you buy a card for £100 then you should get £100 worth of travel from it say at a reduced rate?
I spend £20 at the most in petrol per month so how would this entice me from my car?
The Oyster card lasts until you've done enough journeys to cover the amount you have on the ticket not once the month's run out.
If you spend less than £5 a week on petrol then you're barely using your car, so it doesn't begin to matter whether you are 'enticed' from it or not. So you're not the target customer, are you? If someone is currently spending anything more than around £5 per day on, say, return bus and ferry tickets to get to work, then a monthly card for £100 makes starts to make a lot of sense.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: £100 a month? surely if you buy a card for £100 then you should get £100 worth of travel from it say at a reduced rate? I spend £20 at the most in petrol per month so how would this entice me from my car? The Oyster card lasts until you've done enough journeys to cover the amount you have on the ticket not once the month's run out.[/p][/quote]If you spend less than £5 a week on petrol then you're barely using your car, so it doesn't begin to matter whether you are 'enticed' from it or not. So you're not the target customer, are you? If someone is currently spending anything more than around £5 per day on, say, return bus and ferry tickets to get to work, then a monthly card for £100 makes starts to make a lot of sense. WalkingOnAWire
  • Score: 3

6:10pm Sun 6 Jul 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

All we need now is the return of a decent bus service so that we can take advantage of it. London Transport have opted for no cash on the buses, how long before that happens here?
All we need now is the return of a decent bus service so that we can take advantage of it. London Transport have opted for no cash on the buses, how long before that happens here? OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 4

6:13pm Sun 6 Jul 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

KSO16R wrote:
sotonbusdriver wrote:
KSO16R wrote:
SotonGreen wrote:
If it included local trains it might actually be useful.
And why isn't it useful without rail travel included ?
Rail travel still remains much faster and smoother than bus travel.... By bus from Southampton to Portsmouth to catch the hovercraft to Ryde, the bus journey is some 90mins including a change of bus at Fareham, or going to Gosport and using the ferry, to Portsmouth and a walk from there to the Hovercraft...
By train its only about 30mins straight to Portsmouth harbour and short bus ride to Southsea seafront... Saving some hour on the journey each way...
If it is a day trip to Ryde, that is a saving of over 2 hours by bus, making it a feasible day out, I wouldn't wish to try the journey by road, unless i was in a car...
So are you saying it is useless without rail travel?
Only if you use the trains and not the buses or boats.
[quote][p][bold]KSO16R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonbusdriver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KSO16R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SotonGreen[/bold] wrote: If it included local trains it might actually be useful.[/p][/quote]And why isn't it useful without rail travel included ?[/p][/quote]Rail travel still remains much faster and smoother than bus travel.... By bus from Southampton to Portsmouth to catch the hovercraft to Ryde, the bus journey is some 90mins including a change of bus at Fareham, or going to Gosport and using the ferry, to Portsmouth and a walk from there to the Hovercraft... By train its only about 30mins straight to Portsmouth harbour and short bus ride to Southsea seafront... Saving some hour on the journey each way... If it is a day trip to Ryde, that is a saving of over 2 hours by bus, making it a feasible day out, I wouldn't wish to try the journey by road, unless i was in a car...[/p][/quote]So are you saying it is useless without rail travel?[/p][/quote]Only if you use the trains and not the buses or boats. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 4

10:25am Mon 7 Jul 14

Jesus_02 says...

loosehead wrote:
£100 a month? surely if you buy a card for £100 then you should get £100 worth of travel from it say at a reduced rate? I spend £20 at the most in petrol per month so how would this entice me from my car? The Oyster card lasts until you've done enough journeys to cover the amount you have on the ticket not once the month's run out.
I agree copy the Oyster card, its proven. This seems a bit half baked to me.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: £100 a month? surely if you buy a card for £100 then you should get £100 worth of travel from it say at a reduced rate? I spend £20 at the most in petrol per month so how would this entice me from my car? The Oyster card lasts until you've done enough journeys to cover the amount you have on the ticket not once the month's run out.[/p][/quote]I agree copy the Oyster card, its proven. This seems a bit half baked to me. Jesus_02
  • Score: 1

11:19am Mon 7 Jul 14

holly_s says...

Seriously though, who actually uses buses other than pensioners? And who uses ferries other than tourists? I agree with others when they say about introducing a local rail card for Southampton and nearby towns. I use the train every week between Winchester and Southampton and there is no kind of travel card that I could benefit from. Pointless.
Seriously though, who actually uses buses other than pensioners? And who uses ferries other than tourists? I agree with others when they say about introducing a local rail card for Southampton and nearby towns. I use the train every week between Winchester and Southampton and there is no kind of travel card that I could benefit from. Pointless. holly_s
  • Score: 0

12:07pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Harry Bong says...

Can't see how this will work. Buses in London charge a flat £1.45 whether you go one stop or the whole route. Since we don't have that fare structure here, is it going to charge £8 just to get one bus.
Can't see how this will work. Buses in London charge a flat £1.45 whether you go one stop or the whole route. Since we don't have that fare structure here, is it going to charge £8 just to get one bus. Harry Bong
  • Score: 0

1:54pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Beer Monster says...

WalkingOnAWire wrote:
loosehead wrote:
£100 a month? surely if you buy a card for £100 then you should get £100 worth of travel from it say at a reduced rate?
I spend £20 at the most in petrol per month so how would this entice me from my car?
The Oyster card lasts until you've done enough journeys to cover the amount you have on the ticket not once the month's run out.
If you spend less than £5 a week on petrol then you're barely using your car, so it doesn't begin to matter whether you are 'enticed' from it or not. So you're not the target customer, are you? If someone is currently spending anything more than around £5 per day on, say, return bus and ferry tickets to get to work, then a monthly card for £100 makes starts to make a lot of sense.
Admittedly it is cheaper just to get a season ticket on a single mode of transport (around £80 a month) than this new travel card, but I understand that there could be the possibility of the Hythe Ferry services returning to their previous termination time of early evenings (and the total removal of sunday services?), which may force some people to use the buses instead - the new card would allow flexibility between them. I used to cycle between the Hythe Ferry and Central station for this very reason before they introduced later services.
[quote][p][bold]WalkingOnAWire[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: £100 a month? surely if you buy a card for £100 then you should get £100 worth of travel from it say at a reduced rate? I spend £20 at the most in petrol per month so how would this entice me from my car? The Oyster card lasts until you've done enough journeys to cover the amount you have on the ticket not once the month's run out.[/p][/quote]If you spend less than £5 a week on petrol then you're barely using your car, so it doesn't begin to matter whether you are 'enticed' from it or not. So you're not the target customer, are you? If someone is currently spending anything more than around £5 per day on, say, return bus and ferry tickets to get to work, then a monthly card for £100 makes starts to make a lot of sense.[/p][/quote]Admittedly it is cheaper just to get a season ticket on a single mode of transport (around £80 a month) than this new travel card, but I understand that there could be the possibility of the Hythe Ferry services returning to their previous termination time of early evenings (and the total removal of sunday services?), which may force some people to use the buses instead - the new card would allow flexibility between them. I used to cycle between the Hythe Ferry and Central station for this very reason before they introduced later services. Beer Monster
  • Score: 1

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