Xelabus have announced they will suspend all services from Sunday March 29 while bith Bluestar and Stagecoach will make reductions to their timetables from Monday (30 March.)
Xelabus say the decision was made to protect staff and their families after passenger numbers plummeted by 90% following government advice for people to stay home and not use public transport.
In a statement on the company website Gareth Blair, Managing Director said:
The situation the whole country is facing is totally unprecedented. As a commercial organisation the majority of Xelabus revenue is generated from fare paying customers travelling across our services to get to school, college, shopping or commuting.
Over the last week we have seen a drop in revenue and passenger journeys by 90%. We are working closely with the local authorities to ensure our services can be restarted as soon as it is advised to do so.
A number of our employees have opted to volunteer to help the NHS and we are truly proud of those as we are all our staff who have been working tirelessly on the frontline over the past week.
Local bus services that will be suspended will include the X4 Hedge End to Eastleigh, X6/7 Chandlers Ford to Eastleigh, X9 Eastleigh to Bishops Waltham, X10 Bishops Waltham to Southampton, X11 Lordshill to City Centre.
Office staff will be working from home and passengers can phone for updates by calling 02380 644715 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bluestar announce reduced timetable for local bus services
Bluestar say their revised timetable is based on a Sunday service but with a reduction in daytime frequencies and that Key worker journeys are protected.
Details of timetable changes are on this webpage.
A message on the company website read:
We would like to thank all our customers for their patience during this time and commend our front-line colleagues who are all doing a fantastic job in difficult circumstances.
Stagecoach South issues temporary timetable for local bus services
Stagecoach have posted a temporary timetable on their website here.
In a press release Edward Hodgson, Managing Director for Stagecoach South said:
The safety of our customers and our employees is at the heart of everything we do. We also know that our bus services play a vital role in keeping the country running and ensuring key sector personnel get to work.
Following the latest government advice, we have reviewed our timetables and made temporary changes which reflect the reduced level of travel. Our objective has been to focus resources on where we know they are needed most at this time.
We are working hard to best maintain essential services, safeguard jobs and ensure the long-term sustainability of a sector which is central to our economy and communities.
We will continue to monitor the position, liaise closely with government and other authorities, and respond as appropriate to what is a dynamic situation.