New buses to launch as part of £2.7m investment

New buses to launch as part of £2.7m investment

New buses to launch as part of £2.7m investment

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MORE buses will be on city roads today as part of a £2.7m investment in Southampton transport.

First Hampshire is launching its City Red Fleet today with ten new vehicles which will take on Service 2 from the city centre to Millbrook via Shirley.

All the buses have a two-tone red livery to distinguish them from the number three which runs from Lordshill to Thornhill.

One was being unveiled by city council transport boss Jacqui Rayment in Millbrook this afternoon alongside ward councillor Lee Whitbread.

The fleet are all Wright Streetlite midi micro-hybrids, one of the world’s most fuel efficient buses, and come fitted with leather seats, free wifi and LED lighting.

It follows a £1.3m investment by first last year in nine buses for service one between Adanac Park to the city centre and the £100,000 refurbishment of 14 vehicles on the three service.

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7:42am Fri 15 Aug 14

knighton007 says...

its ok to invest in new buses, but they never run on time or one bus has been taken out of service .It is annoying when you are waiting in the rain and your bus do NOT arrive. it has happened to us loads of times coming back from town.I suppose the bus fares will go up they are prices is outrageous.
its ok to invest in new buses, but they never run on time or one bus has been taken out of service .It is annoying when you are waiting in the rain and your bus do NOT arrive. it has happened to us loads of times coming back from town.I suppose the bus fares will go up they are prices is outrageous. knighton007
  • Score: 3

8:11am Fri 15 Aug 14

SouthamptonLegend says...

Getting a return to town from Hedge end is £5 (£4 for a single!), it takes flippin ages and is never on time!!

Reduce your prices, get an app produced so passengers can log on and track where their bus is-if it's late or early etc. and start hiring competent drivers.
Getting a return to town from Hedge end is £5 (£4 for a single!), it takes flippin ages and is never on time!! Reduce your prices, get an app produced so passengers can log on and track where their bus is-if it's late or early etc. and start hiring competent drivers. SouthamptonLegend
  • Score: 13

8:13am Fri 15 Aug 14

SouthamptonLegend says...

SouthamptonLegend wrote:
Getting a return to town from Hedge end is £5 (£4 for a single!), it takes flippin ages and is never on time!!

Reduce your prices, get an app produced so passengers can log on and track where their bus is-if it's late or early etc. and start hiring competent drivers.
Oh and invest in some air fresheners because all you buses stink of ****
[quote][p][bold]SouthamptonLegend[/bold] wrote: Getting a return to town from Hedge end is £5 (£4 for a single!), it takes flippin ages and is never on time!! Reduce your prices, get an app produced so passengers can log on and track where their bus is-if it's late or early etc. and start hiring competent drivers.[/p][/quote]Oh and invest in some air fresheners because all you buses stink of **** SouthamptonLegend
  • Score: 1

8:37am Fri 15 Aug 14

good-gosh says...

Do they have automatic obstacle detection braking systems or do we still have to keep out of their way?
Do they have automatic obstacle detection braking systems or do we still have to keep out of their way? good-gosh
  • Score: 3

9:14am Fri 15 Aug 14

sotonbusdriver says...

The only reason they are buying these buses is because they are so CHEAP...
For both the drivers and passengers in the summer months, there is no aircon, and few opening windows, leads to hot, stuffy and smelling buses...
I wonder if the heating system is any good too, which we will discover in the winter by freezing our nuts off on cold and damp buses too.
FIRST really need to buy so upmarket spec vehicles which will improve the passenger comfort and that of the drivers... NO-ONE is impressed with leather seat, they are hot and sticky in the summer and cold and hard in the winter, and furthermore LED lighting is worse than normal lighting as it is harsh and more un-natural than sunlight.. The only thing going for these buses is free wifi, but most people would sacrifice that for comfort and temperature tolerant buses...
The only reason they are buying these buses is because they are so CHEAP... For both the drivers and passengers in the summer months, there is no aircon, and few opening windows, leads to hot, stuffy and smelling buses... I wonder if the heating system is any good too, which we will discover in the winter by freezing our nuts off on cold and damp buses too. FIRST really need to buy so upmarket spec vehicles which will improve the passenger comfort and that of the drivers... NO-ONE is impressed with leather seat, they are hot and sticky in the summer and cold and hard in the winter, and furthermore LED lighting is worse than normal lighting as it is harsh and more un-natural than sunlight.. The only thing going for these buses is free wifi, but most people would sacrifice that for comfort and temperature tolerant buses... sotonbusdriver
  • Score: 9

9:24am Fri 15 Aug 14

sotonboy84 says...

good-gosh wrote:
Do they have automatic obstacle detection braking systems or do we still have to keep out of their way?
I think you'll still have to keep out of their way. Just as pedestrians on crossings will.

Only yesterday a First Bus was parked completely across the crossing opposite the entrance to the Sea City museum (heading towards Commercial Road) and a wheelchair had to wait for the bus to move before pressing the crossing button again.

Some bus drivers seem to think they're immune from the highway code and that they're doing you a favour to allow you on their buses.
[quote][p][bold]good-gosh[/bold] wrote: Do they have automatic obstacle detection braking systems or do we still have to keep out of their way?[/p][/quote]I think you'll still have to keep out of their way. Just as pedestrians on crossings will. Only yesterday a First Bus was parked completely across the crossing opposite the entrance to the Sea City museum (heading towards Commercial Road) and a wheelchair had to wait for the bus to move before pressing the crossing button again. Some bus drivers seem to think they're immune from the highway code and that they're doing you a favour to allow you on their buses. sotonboy84
  • Score: 10

9:29am Fri 15 Aug 14

dc4306 says...

SouthamptonLegend wrote:
Getting a return to town from Hedge end is £5 (£4 for a single!), it takes flippin ages and is never on time!!

Reduce your prices, get an app produced so passengers can log on and track where their bus is-if it's late or early etc. and start hiring competent drivers.
seriously some people this is a business not a charity they have staff to pay fuel to buy and maintenace who do you think is going to pay for that. If you owned your own car the costs would mount up. as for saying the drivers are incompetent as they are always late ever heard of traffic jams, ROAD WORKS or even accidents, these things all happen they are not miracle workers.
[quote][p][bold]SouthamptonLegend[/bold] wrote: Getting a return to town from Hedge end is £5 (£4 for a single!), it takes flippin ages and is never on time!! Reduce your prices, get an app produced so passengers can log on and track where their bus is-if it's late or early etc. and start hiring competent drivers.[/p][/quote]seriously some people this is a business not a charity they have staff to pay fuel to buy and maintenace who do you think is going to pay for that. If you owned your own car the costs would mount up. as for saying the drivers are incompetent as they are always late ever heard of traffic jams, ROAD WORKS or even accidents, these things all happen they are not miracle workers. dc4306
  • Score: 1

9:39am Fri 15 Aug 14

driverbelcher says...

Only the echo could post a picture of 2 "09" plate (2009 registered) buses in a story about new buses being purchased for the route. Surely a picture of the new buses could have been used, could even have taken a picture at the unveiling.
The new buses have been in use for a couple of months already. This is old news.
Only the echo could post a picture of 2 "09" plate (2009 registered) buses in a story about new buses being purchased for the route. Surely a picture of the new buses could have been used, could even have taken a picture at the unveiling. The new buses have been in use for a couple of months already. This is old news. driverbelcher
  • Score: 10

9:54am Fri 15 Aug 14

pemcil says...

Southampton used to be busy with buses
Southampton used to be busy with buses pemcil
  • Score: 2

10:36am Fri 15 Aug 14

southy says...

The Nw Busses was running though Millbrook Hous Est yesterday (thursday) look very nice
The Nw Busses was running though Millbrook Hous Est yesterday (thursday) look very nice southy
  • Score: 2

10:39am Fri 15 Aug 14

forest hump says...

driverbelcher wrote:
Only the echo could post a picture of 2 "09" plate (2009 registered) buses in a story about new buses being purchased for the route. Surely a picture of the new buses could have been used, could even have taken a picture at the unveiling.
The new buses have been in use for a couple of months already. This is old news.
Why let the facts spoil a good story!
[quote][p][bold]driverbelcher[/bold] wrote: Only the echo could post a picture of 2 "09" plate (2009 registered) buses in a story about new buses being purchased for the route. Surely a picture of the new buses could have been used, could even have taken a picture at the unveiling. The new buses have been in use for a couple of months already. This is old news.[/p][/quote]Why let the facts spoil a good story! forest hump
  • Score: 3

11:30am Fri 15 Aug 14

Bagamn says...

SouthamptonLegend wrote:
SouthamptonLegend wrote:
Getting a return to town from Hedge end is £5 (£4 for a single!), it takes flippin ages and is never on time!!

Reduce your prices, get an app produced so passengers can log on and track where their bus is-if it's late or early etc. and start hiring competent drivers.
Oh and invest in some air fresheners because all you buses stink of ****
If you choose to live in Hedge End that is your choice. You also come under Eastleigh Council for your transport. You do not pay Council Tax to Southampton, so you have no complaint about City buses. Try complaining to the bus operator in your out-of-town area.
[quote][p][bold]SouthamptonLegend[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SouthamptonLegend[/bold] wrote: Getting a return to town from Hedge end is £5 (£4 for a single!), it takes flippin ages and is never on time!! Reduce your prices, get an app produced so passengers can log on and track where their bus is-if it's late or early etc. and start hiring competent drivers.[/p][/quote]Oh and invest in some air fresheners because all you buses stink of ****[/p][/quote]If you choose to live in Hedge End that is your choice. You also come under Eastleigh Council for your transport. You do not pay Council Tax to Southampton, so you have no complaint about City buses. Try complaining to the bus operator in your out-of-town area. Bagamn
  • Score: 3

12:00pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Queen Victoria says...

Why do people always blame the driver! I really feel for the drivers half of them don't get a morning,afternoon or even a thank you just a bunch of moaning people. I applaud the first bus drivers.
Why do people always blame the driver! I really feel for the drivers half of them don't get a morning,afternoon or even a thank you just a bunch of moaning people. I applaud the first bus drivers. Queen Victoria
  • Score: 1

1:14pm Fri 15 Aug 14

dangleballs says...

How about fixing some of the roads that these busses tear up? Some of the roads are horrendous!!
How about fixing some of the roads that these busses tear up? Some of the roads are horrendous!! dangleballs
  • Score: 3

6:46pm Fri 15 Aug 14

loosehead says...

Lower the prices get more fare paying customers & hey presto your making money.
I go to Shirley 5 times a week ,3 times for the gym once for shopping & once for Church it would cost me over £50 a month for a monthly pass & only £20 a month in Petrol.
Half the prices & I'd use the bus for the gym but can't see the logic in paying more & having to lug shopping on & off a bus.
Lower the prices get more fare paying customers & hey presto your making money. I go to Shirley 5 times a week ,3 times for the gym once for shopping & once for Church it would cost me over £50 a month for a monthly pass & only £20 a month in Petrol. Half the prices & I'd use the bus for the gym but can't see the logic in paying more & having to lug shopping on & off a bus. loosehead
  • Score: 0

8:37pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

dangleballs wrote:
How about fixing some of the roads that these busses tear up? Some of the roads are horrendous!!
Even the bus drivers are disgusted by the state of our roads.
[quote][p][bold]dangleballs[/bold] wrote: How about fixing some of the roads that these busses tear up? Some of the roads are horrendous!![/p][/quote]Even the bus drivers are disgusted by the state of our roads. Ginger_cyclist
  • Score: 3

5:19pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Mr Cynical says...

So that's why the number five route in Southampton is now only once per hour mon-fri...
So that's why the number five route in Southampton is now only once per hour mon-fri... Mr Cynical
  • Score: 0

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