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First Hampshire & Dorset is a subsidiary bus company within First Group, which operates buses and trains throughout Great Britain.

First Hampshire & Dorset has its head office in Portswood, Southampto] and operates bus services in the Weymouth and Bridpor] areas in Dorset; and services in Southampton (Portswood Depot), Portsmouth (Hilsea Depot), Fareham and Gosport (Hoeford Depot).

FirstBus acquired bus services in Portsmouth in 1996 from Transit Holdings trading as Red Admiral & Blue Admiral, which in turn had taken over the Portsmouth CityBus operations under the title of Southdown Portsmouth.

The former Southdown operations continue to be operated by Southdown Motor Services Limited t/a Stagecoach Coastline, or Stagecoach in Portsmouth (Portsmouth area services) or Stagecoach in the South Downs (Chichester/Worthing services).

FirstBus (later renamed First Group) had previously taken over the bus services in Gosport and Fareham formerly operated by People's Provincial and Hants & Dorset and amalgamated the services in the East Hampshire area as First Provincial.

Further acquisitions of the bus operations of Southampton CityBus and Southern National were made, with the company being renamed First Hampshire & Dorset in 2003.

In December 2006 the Traffic Commissioner fined First Hampshire & Dorset £35,000 for failing to run one in five buses in Portsmouth on time.[1] The operator received an earlier formal warning over timekeeping in June 2005. The Traffic Commissioners' nationally accepted criteria for the operation of a bus journey is running more than one minute early or more than five minutes late (otherwise the journey is deemed not to have run). In its defence, First Hampshire & Dorset had submitted that Portsmouth City Council's five year plan to resurface every street to improve street lighting had severely affected the operator's ability to maintain services, something rejected by the Traffic Commissioner.

First Hampshire & Dorset now publishes reliability and punctuality data on its website.

Southampton servicesEdit

First Group purchased Southampton City Bus in 1997 and after a brief period of using the City Bus name the operation was renamed First Southampton. In 1999 First Southampton was merged with First Provincial to form First Hampshire. This later became First Hampshire & Dorset. The company is facing growing competition in Southampton from Go-Ahead owned Solent Blue Line and Uni-link.

FleetEdit

First services in Southampton utilise a mix of single and double deck buses.

The backbone of the double decker fleet is a large number of Volvo Olympians with Northern Counties Palatine 1 bodywork. All of these are second hand, the double door vehicles coming from Go-Ahead's London operations and Stagecoach. The company also has sixteen Volvo B7TL's with Alexander ALX400 bodywork. Most of these carried branding for service 17/17A but this has been removed and the vehicles can be found operating across the network. In March 2007 the Portswood Depot received a small number of 07 registration Volvo B7TL's with Wright Eclipse Gemini bodywork for use on service 8/8A.

The single deck fleet is comprised of Dennis Dart SLFs with Plaxton Pointer 2 and smaller MPD versions for service 16, Volvo B10BLE with Wright Renown bodywork and a number of Mercedes-Benz based minibuses.

A small number of American style yellow school buses are also allocated to Portswood Depot for use on school contracts, a pair of Leyland Olympians with East Lancs bodywork are also frequently used on school services.

First inherited a large number of Leyland Atlanteans from Southampton City Bus along with Leyland Lynxs and gas powered Dennis Darts. All of these have now been withdrawn from the Southampton fleet. First introduced a number of bus types that are also no longer in service in Southampton, these include Wright Solar Fusion bendy buses introduced in 2000 but were transferred to First Glasgow in 2003 after they proved unsuitable for a number of Southampton roads[2], former First Capital Dennis Arrows proved unpopular in Southampton and moved onto First Manchester in 2006. First had operated Optare Solos on the free City-link service between Southampton Central railway station, West Quay Shopping Centre and Town Quay, these left the Southampton fleet when First lost the City-link contract to Uni-link.

ServicesEdit

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No. Route Other Notes
3 Southampton City Centre - Bevois Valley - Portswood - Townhill Park “Overground” Orange Line.
4 Southampton City Centre - Central Station - Hill Lane - Lordswood - General Hospital - Shirley - Totton “Overground” Turquoise Line. Combination of former service 5A and 6
5 Southampton City Centre - General Hospital - Aldermoor - Lordshill North “Overground” Turquoise Line.
7 Southampton City Centre - Portswood - Swaythling “Overground” Mauve Line. Formerly service 11.
8 Lordshill - Shirley - Southampton City Centre - Woolston - Merry Oak - Bitterne - Midanbury - Townhill Park “Overground” Light Brown line.
8A Lordshill - Shirley - Southampton City Centre - Woolston – Bitterne - Chartwell Green – West End - Moorgreen Hospital - Hedge End Railway Station - Botley (only 2 services a day) “Overground” Light Brown line.
8E Lordshill – Shirley - Southampton City Centre – Woolston - Merry Oak - Bitterne - Midanbury – Chartwell Green “Overground” Light Brown Line. Sunday evenings only.
9 Southampton City Centre – Bitterne – Harefield - Thornhill “Overground” Pink Line. Sunday service 9E runs via Lances Hill instead of Chessell Avenue.
10 Lordshill – Aldermoor Road – General Hospital – Shirley - Central Station – Southampton City Centre – Woolston – Kathleen Road - Thornhill “Overground” Red Line.
10A Lordshill – Lordshill Way – General Hospital – Shirley - Central Station – Woolston – North East Road - Thornhill “Overground” Red Line.
10E Lordshill – Aldermoor Road – General Hospital – Shirley - Central Station – Southampton City Centre – Woolston – Kathleen Road - Thornhill] - Harefield “Overground” Red Line. Evenings only.
11A Southampton City Centre – Woolston - Sholing - Bitterne– Southampton City Centre Circular route.
12A Southampton City Centre - Woolston - Sholing - Bitterne - Southampton City (Circular) Circular route.
13 Southampton City Centre - Bitterne - Sholing Sundays and Evenings Only.
14 Southampton City Centre – Portswood - Swaythling - Mansbridge - Chartwell Green - Midanbury - Bitterne
14A Southampton Airport – Mansbridge - Chartwell Green - Bitterne
16 Southampton City Centre – Netley – Hamble "Southampton - Hamble Connection".
16A Southampton City Centre - Hamble - Eastleigh
16X St. Annes School - Southampton City Centre - Hamble Schooldays only
17 Lordshill – Millbrook – Shirley – Central Station - Southampton City Centre – Woolston – Weston “Overground” Green Line.
17A Lordshill – Aldermoor – General Hospital – Millbrook - Shirley – Central Station - Southampton City Centre – Woolston – Weston “Overground” Green Line.
17E Lordshill – Millbrook – Shirley – Central Station - Southampton City Centre – Woolston – Weston – Sholing “Overground” Green Line. Evenings only.
21/22 Royal South Hampshire Hospital – Southampton City Centre – Central Station - Shirley -General Hospital – Lordshill – Nursling Service 22 is run by A2B Travel under contract to First, using First liveried vehicles.
24 Southampton City Centre – Chandler’s Ford – Hursley Very limited service. One journey in each direction, Monday to Friday.
25 Southampton City Centre – Hedge End – Boorley Green
56 Windhover - Botley - Fair Oak - Eastleigh
56C Lyndhurst Coach Park - Brockenhurst Railway Station
56D Ashurst Rail Station - Lyndhurst Coach Park
72/73 Southampton City Centre – Warsash – Locks Heath – Gosport
78 Southampton City Centre – Fareham 78C variation serves St. Annes School at school times.
79 Southampton City Centre – Warsash – Locks Heath – Fareham Sundays only.
80/A/B Southampton City Centre – Locks Heath – Fareham Main service is route 80. 80A/B are evenings variations.
154 Springhill School - Southampton Centre Centre - Thornhill School Service.
158 Southampton City Centre - Portswood - University - Glen Eyre School School Service.
159 Southampton City Centre - The Avenue - St. George School School Service.
184 Springhill Sch - Portswood - Bitterne Park - Swaythling - Burgess Rd School Service.
162 Threefield Lane - Kingsland - St Marys - Station - Bellemoor Boys School School Service.
A Eastleigh – Hedge End Monday - Saturday evenings only
A1 Totton Asda – Calmore Asda Contract.
A2 Totton Asda – AshhurstLyndhurst Asda Contract.
A3 Totton Asda - Millbrook Estate - Maybush - Lordshill Centre – RownhamsUpton Asda Contract.
A4 Totton Asda – HillyfieldsRownhamsNorth BaddesleyWhitenapRomsey Asda Contract.
A5 Asda TottonMarchwoodDibdenHytheHolburyFawley Asda Contract.
A6 Asda TottonMarchwoodDibdenHytheHolburyLangley Asda Contract.
N6 Southampton Leisure World – Bittern – Hedge End – Botley Nightbus service.
N16 Southampton City Centre – Netley - Hamble Nightbus service.
B1 Bitterne - Middle Road - Kathleen Road - Bursledon Road Bitterne Shoppa Hoppa.
B2 Bitterne - Witts Hill - Midanbury Bitterne Shoppa Hoppa.
B3 Bitterne - Bursledon Road - Thornhill - Harefield Bitterne Shoppa Hoppa.

Portsmouth & Waterlooville bus servicesEdit

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No. Route Other Notes
1 Paulsgrove (Deerhurst Crescent) - Cosham - North End - Portsmouth City Centre - Palmerston Road - Southsea (South Parade Pier) “Overground” Red Line. Continues as 1C to Paulsgrove.
1A Fareham (Bus Station) - Portchester - Paulsgrove (Deerhurst Crescent) - Cosham - North End - Portsmouth City Centre - Palmerston Road - Southsea (South Parade Pier) “Overground” Red Line. Continues as 1C to Paulsgrove.
1C Portsmouth City Centre - Palmerston Road - Southsea (South Parade Pier) - Eastney - Milton - Copnor - Cosham - QA Hospital - Paulsgrove (Deerhurst Crescent). “Overground” Red Line. Originates as 1/1A from Paulsgrove or Fareham respectivley.
3 Paulsgrove (Portsdown Inn) - Queen Alexandra Hospital - Cosham - North End - Fratton - Palmerston Road - Southsea (South Parade Pier)
5 Fareham (Bus Station) - Portchester - Paulsgrove - Cosham - Stamshaw - Portsmouth City Centre - Gunwharf Quays- Clarence Pier - Palmerston Road Evening and Sunday service 5A contiunues to Southsea (South Parade Pier) instead of Palmerston Road.
6 Tipner - North End - Copnor - Milton - Eastney - Southsea (South Parade Pier) - Palmerston Road - Old Portsmouth - Gunwharf Quays "Overground" Blue Line.
8 Paulsgrove - QA Hospital - Highbury Commenced 3rd June 2007.
9 Highbury - Medina Road - Cosham - Paulsgrove Commenced 3rd June 2007.
11 Cosham - Tesco - Port Solent Sunday service 11A/11B service runs via Cosham - QA Hospital - Hillsley Road - Port Solent - Cosham. Commenced 3rd June 2007.
12 Farlington - Drayton - Cosham Commenced 3rd June 2007.
13-14 Portsmouth City Centre - Fratton Road - Goldsmith Avenue - Milton - Furze Lane - Eastern Road - Baffins - Copnor Bridge - New Road - Lake Road - Portsmouth City Centre On Sundays continues to Gunwharf Quays. Non Sunday evening service 13A/14A opereates via Velder Avenue, Milton, Goldsmith Avenue, Fratton Road instead of the route between Eastern Road and Lake Road
15 Hayling Ferry - Devonshire Avenue - Fawcett Road - Elm Grove - Middle Street - Winston Churchill Avenue -> Cambridge Road -> Gunwharf Quays -> Portsmouth City Centre -> Winston Churchill Avenue -> Middle Street - Elm Grove - Fawcett Road - Devonshire Avenue - Hayling Ferry Portsmouth end of route runs in a loop, in the direction shown.
16 Hayling Ferry or Lumsden Road - Eastney - Fawcett Road - Fratton Road - Portsmouth City Centre Mondays to Fridays only
16A Hayling Ferry - Eastney Southsea Sea Front - Old Portsmouth - Gunwharf Quays - Portsmouth City Centre Sundays only. Commenced 29 June 2008
17-18 Gunwharf Quays - Portsmouth City Centre - Bradford Junction - Albert Road - Eastney - Milton - Goldsmith Avenue - Bradford Junction - Portsmouth City Centre - Gunwharf Quays "Overground" Orange Line. Route runs in a loop, numbers indicating direction. (Route 17 anti-clockwise, route 18 clockwise)
19 Portsmouth City Centre - Old Portsmouth - Clarence Pier - Pyramids - Palmerston Road - Strand - Waverley Road - Albert Road - Winter Road - Fratton Way - St Mary's Hospital - Langstone Road - Baffins - Moneyfields - Stubbington Avenue - North End Junction Commenced 3rd June 2007. Route extended over service 4 from Fratton Way to North End 30 June 2008
25 Fareham - Portchester - Paulsgrove Shops Commenced 3rd June 2007. Withdrawn 12 January 2008.
38
40 Wecock Farm - Milton Road - Waterlooville - Stakes - Crookhorn - Cosham - North End - Portsmouth City Centre - Southsea "Overground" Green Line.
40C South Downs College - Crookhorn - Cosham - North End - Portsmouth City Centre School and college days service.
41 Clanfield (Drift Road Shops) - Horndean - Cowplain - Waterlooville - Purbrook - Widley - Cosham - North End - Portsmouth City Centre - [[Gunwharf Quays "Overground" "zip". Peak hour services also serve Clanfield (Rising Sun).
43 Portsdown - Cosham - North End - Fratton - Southsea
45 Hambledon - Denmead - Waterlooville - Stakes - Cosham - Stakes - Cosham - Stamshaw - Portsmouth City Centre
45A Denmead Green - Waterlooville - Stakes - Cosham - Stakes - Cosham - Stamshaw - Portsmouth City Centre
57 Warsash - Locks Heath - Titchfield - Fareham - Linden Lea - Portchester - Port Solent - Cosham - North End - Portsmouth City Centre Limited Stop X57 service runs via Fareham - Portchester - Paulsgrove - M275 - Portsmouth City Centre.

Route diversion in Portchester replacing service 25 - 14 January 2008.

63 Fareham - North Portchester - Paulsgrove - QA Hospital - Cosham - Drayton - Farlington - Leigh Park - Havant
145 Emsworth - Havant - Bedhampton - Crookhorn - Waterlooville - Denmead
X40 Catherington Lane or Wecock Farm - Waterlooville - A3(M) - M275 - Portsmouth City Centre or Southsea Limited Stop operating in the morning and inwards only.
X41 Clanfield (Rising Sun) - Horndean - Cowplain - A3(M) - M275 - Portsmouth Limited Stop service, Monday to Friday peak service.
X57 Fareham - Portchester - M275 - Portsmouth City Centre Limited Stop Monday to Friday peak service

Fareham and Gosport bus servicesEdit

[5] The services not included in Portsmouth services.


No. Route Other Notes
26 Fareham - Highlands - Segensworth - Park Gate - Botley - Hedge End
28 Fareham - Highlands - Segensworth - Whiteley
29/30 Gosport - Alverstoke - Gosport Circular service, numbers indicate direction of travel.
31 Fareham - Redlands Lane - Fareham College
33 Fareham - Asda - Stubbington - Hill Head - Stubbington - Fareham Circular service.
34 Fareham - Rowner - Stubbington - Lee-on-the-Solent - Gosport
35/35A Fareham - Rowen Way - Stubbington - Hill Head - Stubbington - Rown Way - Fareham Circular service, numbers indicate direction of travel.
36 Fareham - Asda - Lee-on-Solent
56 Windhover - Lowford - Botley - Bishopstoke - Eastleigh Thursdays only, run under contract to Eastleigh Borough Council
57A Warsash - Titchfield - Fareham
64 Gosport - Whiteley
72 Gosport - Stubbington - Warsash - Southampton
72A St. Vincent College - Locks Heath
73 Gosport - Stubbington - Warsash - Southampton
76/76A Whiteley - Locks Heath - Fareham
78 Fareham - Locks Heath - Southampton 78C service runs via St. Annes School at schooltimes
80/80A Fareham - Southampton via Locks Heath Includes evening variation, 80B
81 Gosport - Criterion - Brockhurst - Hoeford - Fareham "Gosport - Fareham Connections". Early morning journey only.
82 Gosport - War Memorial Hospital - Brockhurst - Hoeford - Fareham "Gosport - Fareham Connections".
83 Gosport - Criterion - Brockhurst - Hoeford - Fareham "Gosport - Fareham Connections".
85 Gosport - Criterion - Brockhurst -Bridgemary - Hoeford - Fareham "Gosport - Fareham Connections".
86 Gosport - Criterion - Elson - Brockhurst - Bridgemary - Hoeford - Fareham "Gosport - Fareham Connections".
87/87B Gosport - Rowner - Fareham See also 87A below.
87A Gosport - Rowner - Lee - Stubbington See also routes 87/87B above.
88/88A Gosport - Stokes Bay - Rowner - Fareham
93 Fareham - Highlands Circular service
94 Fareham - Funtley - Knowle - Wickham
95 Fareham - Highlands Circular service
96 Fareham - Highlands - Thorni Avenue

Weymouth, Bridport & Dorchester bus servicesEdit

First services in Dorset were formerly those of Southern National. Unlike First services in Hampshire the Weymouth and Dorchester routes have been debranded and so routes are no longer referred to by colour under an "Overground" scheme. The X53 however retains its Jurassic Coast branding on buses and stops.

RoutesEdit

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No. Route Other Notes
1 Weymouth - Portland
2 Weymouth - Radipole - Littlemoor - Radipole - Weymouth
2A Weymouth - Chalbury Corner - Littlemoor - Radipole - Weymouth
3 Weymouth - Hereford Road - Weymouth Circular service. Evening 3A journey runs via Radipole Village.
4 Weymouth - Oakbury Drive - Preston Spice Ship - Weymouth See also services 4A/4B below.
4A Weymouth - Oakbury Drive - Seven Acres - Preston Spice Ship - Weymouth See also service 4 above and 4B below.
4B Weymouth - Oakbury Drive - Preston Spice Ship - Sutton Poyntz - Weymouth See also services 4/4A above.
5 Weymouth - Radipole
6 Weymouth - Wyke Regis
8 Weymouth - Chickerell
9 Weymouth - Lanehouse Estate - Weymouth See also service 9A below.
9A Ferrybridge - Lanehouse Estate - Weymouth See also service 9 above.
10 Dorchester - Weymouth
31 Weymouth - Littlemoor - Dorchester - Bridport - Lyme Regis - Axminster See also service 631 below.
44 Bridport - Valley Road - Gundry Road - Jessopp Avenue - Bothenhampton Circular
45 Burton Bradstock - West Bay - Bridport - Court Orchard - Bridport Hospital Service also runs at school times to Colfox School instead of Bridport Hospital, numbered 45A.
47 Bridport - Beaminster - Crewkerne - Yeovil
X53/4/5 For letter-prefixed services, see bottom of table
71 Lyme Regis Town Service via the Square Town Service.
79 Portland Royal Manor School - Portland - Victoria Square - Wyke Regis School service running in school terms only.
88 Preston - Littlemoor - Broadwey - Budmouth Technology College School service running in school terms only.
89 Upwey - - Budmouth School - All Saints School School service.
90 Overcombe Corner - Preston - Wey Valley School School service.
91 Ferrybridge - Wyke Regis - King's Statue - Radipole - Littlemoor School service running in school terms only.
92 Sutton Poyntz - All Saints School - Budmouth School School service.
93 Abbotsbury - Budmouth School - All Saints School School servcie.
108 Weymouth - Bovington Swinton Avenue - Wool School service running in school terms only.
210 Bridport - Walditch - Puncknowle - Shipton Gorge - Litton Cheney Limited service.
213 Broadwindsor - Dorchester - Weymouth Limited service running Wednesdays only.
253 Beaminster - Bridport - Abbotsbury - Rodden - Langton Herrin - Weymouth Limited service running Tuesdays and Thursdays only.
631 Bridport - Lyme Regis Woodfoffe School School variation of main route 31. See above.
753 Beaminster - Bridport -Weymouth College Limited service.
X53 Exeter - Seaton - Lyme Regis - Bridport - Weymouth - Wareham - Poole Some journeys extend to Bournemouth. The "Jurassic Coast" service, using specially liveried buses.
X54 Exeter - Seaton - Axmouth - Colyton

ReferencesEdit

  1. BBC News - "Bus firms fined for late services" - Fines for First H&D
  2. This is Hampshire.net - "Getting the hump" - Bendy buses have trouble over speed bumps
  3. First H&D Timetables
  4. First H&D Timetables
  5. First H&D Timetables
  6. First H&D Dorset Timetables

External linksEdit

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