Shoppa Hoppa buses get council support


Southampton City Council (SCC) has said it will provide support to some essential city bus services, including the three “Bitterne Shoppa Hoppa” services, at least until the summer.




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This is “in advance of long-term Government funding for buses being announced”, says SCC.

Cllr Jeremy Moulton, SCC cabinet member for growth, said: “We recognise the importance of bus services in Southampton and we’re pleased to be supporting residents who rely on these routes especially as we continue to adjust to a new normal in travel behaviours as a result of the pandemic.

“Buses are an excellent way to travel around the city and we are proud that ours have the highest green credentials, making them an environmentally-friendly option for everyone,” he added.

The three Bitterne Hoppa routes are run by Xelabus.

X1 links Sainsbury’s in Bitterne via Midanbury, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

While the route maps on the Xelabus wouldn’t load for us at the time of writing, the company says on a download from its site the X1 route is: “This direction only: Bitterne West End Rd, Townhill Way, Vanguard Rd, Witts Hill, Wakefield Rd, Cornwall Rd, Litchfield Rd, Woodmill Lane, Witts Hill, Avon Road, Midanbury Lane, Mousehole Lane, Glenfield Avenue, Lances Hill, Bitterne West End Rd.”

Route maps are shown on GeoPunk - a third party site.

X2 Sainsbury’s in Bitterne, Drove Road route on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Xelabus says the roads served are: “This direction only: Bitterne West End Rd, Maybury King Way, Ruby Rd, Middle Rd, Station Rd, St Monica Rd, Kathleen Rd, South East Rd, North East Rd, Drove Rd, Kathleen Rd, Bursledon Rd, Upper Deacon Rd, Thornhill Park Rd, Bitterne Road East, Bursledon Rd, Whites Rd, Brownlow Avenue, Peartree Avenue, Bitterne West End Rd”.

Route maps are shown on GeoPunk - a third party site.

X3 links Sainsbury’s in Bitterne with Sholing, Thornhill and Harefield on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Says Xelabus: “Hoppa 3 Roads Served: Bitterne West End Rd, Bitterne Rd East, Commercial St, Shales Rd, Taunton Drive, Somerset Ave, Bitterne Rd East, Thornhill Park Rd, Hinkler Rd, Warburton Rd, Bursledon Rd, Orpen Rd, Montague Avenue, Botley Rd, Valentine Avenue, Sullivan Rd, Orpen Rd then outward route reversed.”

Route maps are shown on GeoPunk - a third party site.


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