Hedge End Bus Users Get Better Service to Botley

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By Caroline_W | Friday, March 05, 2010, 19:47

The Bluestar and Velvet bus companies have formed a partnership in co-operation with Eastleigh Borough Council to create an improved timetable for bus users travelling between Hedge End and Botley.

The two companies have produced a coordinated timetable which means there will now be a half-hourly service along the route which takes in Botley, Oaklands Estate, Hedge End Village, Wildern Lane and the Sainsbury's/Marks & Spencer stores at Hedge End Park, with return tickets valid for both service providers.

Phil Stockley, Velvet’s Managing Director, writes in his blog, ‘From 21st February, in a deal brokered by Eastleigh Borough Council, we have brought our route A times into line with their revised Bluestar 3, to give a combined half-hourly service between Botley, Hedge End Village and Hedge End Superstores. To enhance the usefulness of this link as much as possible, we will accept each other's tickets over the common section.’

At Eastleigh Borough Council Cabinet Lead for Transport and Streetscene, Cllr David Airey says, ‘This is great news for local bus users who will benefit from improved services as a result of the positive approach shown by both bus companies. It proves that successful partnership between private operators and the local authority really does deliver more convenient services for public transport users.’

Relations between the companies haven’t always been so amicable – see Hedgeendpeople story from October,'Eastleigh MP Wants Inquiry Into 'Local Bus Wars'' – but Velvet’s Phil Stockley also spoke on his blog of ‘the much-improved relations between Velvet and Bluestar’.

The new timetable and ticketing arrangements have now been in operation for a week and a half – so has anyone noticed any difference when using this route?

Velvet Bus is based in Eastleigh and operates on routes to Hedge End, Botley, Hiltingbury, Boyatt Wood and in and around Southampton.

Bluestar also has its headquarters in Eastleigh and serves a network of routes to areas such as Winchester, Romsey, Totton, the Hythe and Waterside area and of course Hedge End and Botley.

Velvet bus photo from Flickr, by EYBusman.

Bluestar bus photo from Flickr, by KK70088.



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