Residents in Hiltingbury and Eastleigh will have a new bus service to Southampton starting from Monday (18 November)
Local bus operator Wheelers Travel was joined by MP Mike Thornton and local councillors to launch the service earlier today.
‘Wheelers Connect’ will now run Service W2 from Hiltingbury , Millers Dale and Valley Park to Southampton via ASDA while Service W3 will run from Eastleigh to Southampton with stops at Boyatt wood, Fleming park, Barton Peveril, Airport (Parkway) station, Swaythling station, Portswood and the Royal South Hants Hospital.
Return fares on the distinctive orange liveried buses will be £6 and weekly tickets will cost £15.
Senior citizen passes are valid.
The new services follow success of the Wheelers’ recently launched W1 service between Romsey and Southampton.
Monday will also see the operator commence a further two new services (W4 and W5) which will link Romsey, Salisbury and Winchester.
Managing Derek Wheeler told Eastleigh News that the new venture has created nine new jobs
Mr Wheeler thought the relocation of the civic offices to the town centre would stimulate the demand for public transport in Eastleigh and the company is considering reopening the travel shop at the Bus Station.
Hedge End based Wheelers joins several independent operators in Upper Market Street and last Tuesday Eastleigh Local Area Committee (ELAC) allocated up to £25,000 worth of developer contributions to improve the layout of the bus station to ease congestion.
Mike Thornton MP told Eastleigh News:
“I’m really pleased we have another – the fourth -independent bus company in Eastleigh. This will help put Eastleigh in a particularly strong position when it comes to public transport.”
Celebrating the launch with Mike Thornton were Eastleigh Cabinet Member for Transport David Airey, the Chair of ELAC Cllr Paul Bicknell and committee members Wayne Irish, Keith Trenchard and Chris Thomas. Also present was Portswood (SCC) Councillor Linda Norris.
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