see also "Forgoing Fearnley's First Fab Four Feature?" (read again)
At first sight, everything in Southampton changes on Sunday 29th April. From that auspicious date no First bus passenger will have the same times or route number. How will they cope, poor things?
Here is the "old" network.
Upper Shirley routes
The 4 becomes the 10 with route change at the city end
The 5 becomes the 8 with several changes of route
The 21 becomes the S1 : no change of route
The 17 and 17A become the 2 and 2A
with route changes in Lords Hill, no longer serving Adanac Park **
The big development is the X2, of which more below.
Hospital and Lords Hill
The 8 becomes the 1 now serving Adanac Park
The 10 becomes the 3 and loses its Lords Hill loop ...
That, in summary, is the new network. Spot the difference?
Will Bluestar respond elsewhere in the City?
Will Southampton residents be so confused that bicycle sales increase dramatically?
Will First get their printed publicity and roadside information right?
If First are to turn round their predicted poor performance nationally, their Hampshire team will need to get it right. This, apparently, is the first of many major First network revisions. It would appear to be a genuine and spirited effort to improve First's image; aimed, obviously, at generating new business. Transport observers and First's senior management will all hold their metaphorical breath and see what happens.
Once again, the intrepid and fearless fbb plans yet another outing to England on Monday 30th April to nosey around the new network. The excitement is almost unbearable!(?)
** Adanac Park:-