Category: Travel

Barton Peveril closed tomorrow due to snow

Barton Peveril College have emailed students and parents to say they will be closed tomorrow, Thursday 1 March. The college says this due to a Met Office  amber weather warning for the region predicting snow and ice which they rate  as ‘likely’ and as ‘high impact’. The Eastleigh college says the majority of students get…

Local rail users welcome new train operator

A local rail users group has hailed the news that South West Trains (SWT) will be operated under a new seven-year franchise. Hong Kong Metro operators MTR will join First Group to take over SWT services to Waterloo that are currently run by Stagecoach. The new company – First MTR South Western Trains Limited- will…

Queen names Britannia at Southampton

The Queen visited Southampton on Tuesday to name P&O Ferries’ new cruise liner, Britannia. Hundreds of invited guests saw the Queen bless the boat before launching a giant magnum of champagne in to the hull. “I name this ship Britannia, may God bless her, and all who sail in her”. Queen Elizabeth said. The naming…

Railways Minister says Eastleigh on track for investment

Thomas the Tank engine Eastleigh Lakeside Railway

The Minister for Railways Claire Perry has said that Eastleigh Station is on track for more investment. Perry was in Eastleigh as part of whistle stop tour of the South West network region and met with the Conservative candidate for Eastleigh, Mims Davies. The pair took some time to chat to commuters to find out…

New bus link for Chandler’s Ford

  Staff at local work places, and residents in Chandler’s Ford are set to benefit from a new bus service linking the major business areas in Chandler’s Ford, to both Airport Parkway and Chandler’s Ford stations from 1st September. The service, that is operated by Xelabus, is being set up with support from the My…

Passenger numbers soar at Southampton Airport

Southampton Airport has just experienced its busiest July in seven years. An impressive 192,353 passengers travelled through the airport in July 2014 – a 1.9% increase on July last year and the largest number since 2007. Passengers flocked to the airport to fly to sun-drenched destinations in Spain, Portugal, France and Italy, despite the glorious…

Rescue bid hope for Velvet Bus staff

There is hope for the staff who lost their jobs at Velvet buses yesterday as a potential operator has stepped forward this evening with a bid for some of the business which means some services will resume tomorrow. Yesterday 22 people were made redundant after the company announced it was no longer able to keep…

Passport delays leaves local teacher stuck in Moscow

A teacher from Eastleigh found himself caught up in the passport application backlog while trying to fly his young family home from Moscow. Mark Broom, formerly a teacher at Stoke Park Junior School, now teaches in Moscow and wanted to fly home to the UK with his wife Luba and son James to introduce his…

UK’s top airport is in Eastleigh

There is a double dose of good news for Southampton Airport not only is it celebrating winning the title of ‘Top UK Airport’ in the 2014 Wanderlust Readers’ Travel Awards, but figures just released show that passenger numbers for 2013 are up by 1.7%. Thousands of readers of the national Wanderlust Magazine voted for Southampton…

Colden Common congestion set to ease

Rush hour commuters will welcome the news that ‘barring unforeseen circumstances’ there will be a partial lifting of the road closure at Colden Common, which has recently been bringing misery to Eastleigh’s motorists. Work on the southern section of the site from the roundabout on Main Road with Church Lane, is nearing completion well ahead…

Free Holiday for Eastleigh’s Elderly

A national charity NBFA – Assisting the Elderly is offering free 5 day breaks to Eastleigh’s elderly. Places are still available on a trip to Bracklesham Bay in the Sussex Downs, from 24th – 28th March and the charity is encouraging readers of Eastleigh News to apply. To qualify, you need to be over 65, on…

New Service from Southampton Airport

Eastern Airways’ new service from Southampton Airport to Leeds Bradford, aimed primarily at business travellers, launches on Monday 20 January 2014. The UK’s second largest regional airline will offer three flights each weekday in each direction, as well as a Sunday service to ensure business communities on the south coast of England and in Yorkshire…

New bus route links Hiltingbury to Southampton

  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…

A welcome visitor to Eastleigh…

Steam will return to Hedge End and Eastleigh briefly on 5th December, when passengers can travel to Bath behind two ‘Black Five’ locos hauling The Cathedrals Express. The event is also likely to attract steam enthusiasts and train-spotters to all the other stations along the route, many of whom will find Botley a good vantage point as the…