1 month ago
Last updated: Monday 1st June 11:06
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the way we operate our buses has changed. We have amended many of our processes in order to keep our customers and our colleagues safe, and reduced the number of services we run to match the current key-worker travel demand.
As the lockdown starts to ease, we are beginning to increase our service levels to accommodate those who rely on the bus to get to and from work, school and shops. Please see the latest advice on keeping yourself safe on-board before making a journey.
If you, as a customer, are displaying signs of coronavirus, we ask that you do not use public transport at this time and follow the advice issued by the NHS.
Cleaning and safety
Safety is our number one priority. We are following the advice of the Government and Public Health England and are continually looking at ways to minimise contact and transmission.
Bus operators have extensive cleaning regimes that maintain high levels of hygiene for passengers to protect the health and well-being of their customers and employees. These regimes are carefully monitored and reviewed. We are ensuring a greater focus on high-touch areas and increasing activity where necessary. We have also blocked off certain seats on-board to maintain social distancing, and we are asking customers to pay using contactless or mobile app to minimise cash handling - however, cash payments are still accepted for those who cannot pay by any other means.
We have also installed safety screens in our driving cabs to create a protective layer between our drivers and customers.
Enhanced social distancing measures have been put in place across our buses including some seats being made out of use. To maintain social distancing, we will only accept a certain number of passengers on each bus and some buses may reach a temporary capacity meaning they cannot accept any more customers. We will regularly monitor this to ensure that we try to have the right capacity running at all times. Please observe the on-board guidance regarding where to sit to maintain a good distance between you and other passengers.
Southampton City Council and Hampshire County Council have relaxed the rules surrounding ENCTS concessionary passes for older people and the disabled. This means they can now travel at any time without restrictions.
We have partnered with First Bus/City Reds and are accepting their tickets on our services, and they are accepting our tickets on their services. This is to ensure that key workers can get to and from work easily whilst both operators are running revised timetables. Our drivers and City Reds drivers will recognise returns, dayriders and weekly passes - paper, apps or smartcards. Tickets for journeys across the Southampton zone are valid.
How services are running
|Route||Summary of changes||Timetable|
|B*1||Running up to every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday and up to every hour on Sunday||View|
|B*2||Running up to every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday and up to every hour on Sunday||View|
|B*3||Running to the normal timetable of up to every hour Monday to Saturday and up to every 80 minutes on Sunday||View|
|B*4||Running up to every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and up to every hour on Sunday||View|
|B*5||Two buses run every hour from Boyatt Wood to Eastleigh and every two hours from Eastleigh to Romsey Monday to Saturday with no services on Sunday||View|
|B*6||Running to a normal hourly Monday to Saturday timetable with no service on Sunday||View|
|B*7||Running to a normal timetable every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and up to every hour on Sunday||View|
|B*8||Running hourly Monday to Saturday and 4-times-daily service on Sunday||View|
|B*9||Running up to every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and up to every hour on Sunday||View|
|B*11/B*12||Each route is running to a normal timetable every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday and up to every hour on Sunday. Along common sections, there is a journey up to every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday and up to every 30 minutes on Sunday combined||View|
|B*16||Running up to every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday and up to every hour on Sunday||View|
|B*17||Running up to every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday and up to every 20 minutes on Sunday||View|
|B*18||Running up to every 8 minutes Monday to Friday, up to every 10 minutes on Saturday and up to every 20 minutes on Sunday||View|
|QuayConnect||Withdrawn until further notice due to Red Jet services being suspended|
|Unilink U1||Running up to every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday and up to every 30 minutes on Sunday. The U1 now also serves NOCS, Town Quay and Westquay again with U1E services to Eastleigh reinstated||View|
|Unilink U2||Running up to hourly Monday to Sunday||View|
|Unilink U6||Running up to every 20 minutes Monday to Friday, up to every 30 minutes on Saturday and up to hourly on Sunday||View|
|Unilink U9||Running once daily in each direction||View|
|Salisbury Reds X7/X7R||Normal timetable||View|
Some roadside and website/mobile app live time information may be inaccurate - view our guide on this. We are updating printed roadside publicity at key hub bus stops, but lesser used stops may be incorrect.
This situation will be reviewed regularly, and if we need to make any further changes, we will update you in the normal way.
Our Southampton Bargate travel shop is closed until further notice - this will continue until the government restrictions have been lifted.
Our customer service team continue to be on hand to assist with any queries you may have, but they are operating to revised hours: Monday to Friday 8am until 5pm with a lunchtime closure between 1pm and 1:30pm, until further notice. We ask that if your query isn't urgent, that you contact us using the online form as our telephone resource is limited.
Once again, we pay thanks to our fantastic colleagues who are still keeping the wheels turning, and to you, our customers, for your support and cooperation in this difficult time.