First Southampton announce service changes
First Southampton is making service changes on Saturday 20 January 2018, which will affect services City Red 2, The Three, City Red 7, 8, 9, 12 and 13.
City Red 2 will operate between Millbrook, Shirley and Southampton city centre, but will not continue to Bitterne and Thornhill. Passengers from Thornhill can use The Three for journeys to the city centre and those in Bitterne can use service 8.
There will be minor timetable changes to The Three, City Red 7 and services 8, 9 and 13 to improve punctuality.
Service 12 is being withdrawn. However, passengers in Lords Hill can use The Three from Lords Hill Way, as opposed to Aldermoor Road. Whereas passengers in Millbrook can still access City Red 2, which also operates from many of the same bus stops to get to the city centre.
We’ve made considerable efforts to keep service 12 operating for many years, despite it facing declining patronage, increasing operational costs and no financial support from local authorities. As this route was operated on a commercial basis, it was kept on the road exclusively from the fares passengers paid. We understand that some passengers might be frustrated by this change, but in most cases the route it is duplicated by either the City Red 2 or The Three. What’s more, the parts that are unique to route 12 are only a short walk away from other bus services.
The other changes we are making to our network come after extensively reviewing the passenger usage data and from travelling the routes to conduct primary research. These changes will better reflect the level of demand for our services and still offer ample opportunities for passengers to make their desired journeys.
The new timetable are available to download below, these only relate to the days being changed: