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Stagecoach in the South Downs

Stagecoach South
logo
Winchester
in November 2008
Parent Stagecoach
Headquarters Chichester
Service area South East England
Service type Bus services
Routes 115 (April 2013)
Depots 7 (April 2013)
Fleet 473 (April 2013)
Annual ridership 34.1 million (April 2013)
Website www.stagecoachbus.com/south


Stagecoach South is a bus operator providing services in South East England. It is a subsidiary of Stagecoach. It operates services in Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex with some routes extending into Berkshire and Wiltshire. As at April 2013 it operates 473 buses from seven depots.[1]

It is branded as three sub-divisions: Stagecoach in Hampshire, Stagecoach in Hants & Surrey and Stagecoach in the South Downs.

Stagecoach in Hampshire

Stagecoach in Hampshire[2] operates from depots in Andover, Basingstoke and Winchester.[1] It also operates services in Fleet under the Fleet Buzz name.

Stagecoach in Hants & Surrey

Stagecoach in Hants & Surrey[3] operates from a depot in Aldershot.

The company operates a number of routes across Hampshire, serving Aldershot, Camberley, Farnborough, Godalming and Guildford.

Many of the routes are branded, with large route number vinyls, or with names such as Yo-Yo and The Kite.

On 9 February 2009 route 1 was upgraded to Goldline status with new vehicles. Route 2 lost its service name of The Marbles in 2008/9. Due to Hampshire County Council cuts in October 2011, routes 2 and 3 lost some of their evening services on Monday-Friday. Route 18 also lost a handful of evening services. Route 41 Ash to Farnborough was taken over by Countryliner.[4]

In September 2012 Surrey County Council's bus review phase 3 saw route 92 renumbered to 72 to fit with routes 70 and 71. The contract for route 46 was lost to Countryliner.[5]

However a month later, Countryliner went into administration, with Stagecoach taking back route 46, as well as Surrey County Council school routes 43, 45 and 87, all on n emergency basis until July 2013.[6] Countryliner ceased trading on 18 January 2013 with Stagecoach operating route 41 for one week before it passed to sister company Fleet Buzz.[7][8]

Stagecoach in the South Downs

Stagecoach in the South Downs,[9] operates from depots in Chichester, Portsmouth and Worthing. In August 1989 Stagecoach purchased Southdown Motor Services.[10][11] It had previously been owned by the National Bus Company until sold in a management buy out.

Services in Portsmouth are operated under the Stagecoach in Portsmouth banner. It also operates the Coastliner 700 service from Portsmouth to Brighton.

See also

References

External links

  • Official website
  • Coastliner 700 Website
  • Showbus gallery
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