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First Hampshire & Dorset Ltd.
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A First Hampshire & Dorset Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart bus run on Southampton route 16.
Headquarters Southampton
Locale Hampshire & Dorset
Service area England
Service type Urban and interurban bus services
Destinations various
Operator First Group
Web site firstgroup.com
A preserved Leyland National in the livery of People's Provinical, which was one of First Hampshire & Dorset's predecessors.
First Hampshire & Dorset Dennis Dart Marshall Capital.

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

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

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History

First Hampshire & Dorset was created out of various different smaller companies which were merged once First had acquired them.

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 FirstGroup) 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.

From September 2009, First Hampshire & Dorset will run the Greyhound UK coach services from Southampton and Portsmouth to London.

Southampton services

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.

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Routes

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No. Route Other Notes
1 Southampton City Centre - Woolston - Weston Estate Via Swift Rd
1A Southampton City Centre - Woolston - Weston Estate Via Redrow Estate
3 Southampton City Centre - Royal South Hampshire HospitalPortswood - Townhill Park "Overground" Orange Line.
4 Southampton City Centre - Hill Lane - Aldermoor - Southampton General Hospital - Shirley - Millbrook - Totton
5 LordshillGeneral Hospital - Southampton City Centre "Overground" Turquoise Line.
7 Southampton City Centre - Portswood - Bassett Green "Overground" Mauve Line.
7A Southampton City Centre - Lodge Road - Portswood - Swaythling - Bassett Green - University - Aldermoor - General Hospital - Shirley - Millbrook "Overground" Mauve Line.
8 Lordshill - Shirley - Southampton City Centre - Woolston - Merry Oak - Bitterne - Midanbury - Townhill Park "Overground" Light Brown line.
8A Lordshill - Shirley - Southampton City Centre - WoolstonBitterne - Chartwell GreenWest End - Moorgreen Hospital - Hedge End railway station - Botley (only 2 services a day) "Overground" Light Brown line.
8E LordshillShirley - Southampton City Centre – Woolston - Merry Oak - Bitterne MidanburyChartwell Green "Overground" Light Brown Line. Evenings only.
9/9A Southampton City Centre – Northam - BitterneHarefield - Thornhill - Hightown "Overground" Pink Line. 9A is Off-Peak Service
10 Lordshill – Aldermoor Road – General HospitalCentral StationSouthampton City Centre – Woolston – Kathleen Road - Thornhill "Overground" Red Line.
10A LordshillLordshill Way – General HospitalCentral StationWoolston – North East Road - Thornhill "Overground" Red Line.
11A/C Southampton City Centre - Northam - Bitterne - Butts Road - Sholing - Southampton City (Circular)
12A/C Southampton City Centre - Northam - Bitterne - Botley Road - Sholing - Southampton City (Circular)
16 Southampton City Centre – Woolston - NetleyHamble "Southampton - Hamble Connection".
16A Southampton City Centre – Netley – Hamble - Hedge End - Moorgreen Hospital - Mansbridge - Eastleigh
16X Hamble - Netley - Woolston - Southampton City Centre - St Annes School - St Georges School Schooldays Only
17 LordshillMillbrookShirleySouthampton City Centre "Overground" Green Line.
17A Lordshill – Aldermoor – General HospitalMillbrook - ShirleySouthampton City Centre "Overground" Green Line.
21 RSH HospitalSouthampton City Centre – General HospitalLordshill
21A RSH HospitalSouthampton City Centre – General HospitalLordshill - Nursling
24 Southampton City Centre – Chandler's Ford – Hursley One journey in each direction, Monday to Friday.
56 Windhover - Lowford - Botley - Bishopstoke - Eastleigh Thursdays only, run under contract to Eastleigh Borough Council
72 Gosport - Lee-on-the-Solent - Stubbington - Titchfield - Warsash - Woolston - Southampton
78C Fareham - Titchfield - Locks Heath - Warsash - Sarisbury Green - Bitterne - St Annes School - Southampton Schooldays only
80 Fareham - Titchfield - Locks Heath - Sarisbury Green - Woolston - Southampton
154 Springhill School - Southampton Centre Centre - Thornhill School Service.
158 Springhill School - Portswood - Swaythling - Bassett Green - Glen Eyre School Service.
605 St Annes School - Southampton City Centre School Service - PM only
607 St Georges School - Southampton General Hospital - Lords Hill School Service - PM only
616 Hamble School - Netley - Sholing Girls School School Service - PM only
A Hedge End - Moorgreen Hospital - Mansbridge - Parkway Station - Eastleigh Evenings only
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 services

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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.
6A Hilsea - North End - Copnor - Milton - Eastney - Southsea (South Parade Pier) - Palmerston Road - Old Portsmouth - Gunwharf Quays "Overground" Blue Line.
8 Paulsgrove - QA Hospital - Cosham - Highbury
9 Highbury - Lower Wymering - Cosham - Paulsgrove
11 Cosham - Tesco - Port Solent Sunday service 11A/11B service runs via Cosham - QA Hospital - Hillsley Road - Port Solent - Cosham.
12 Farlington - Drayton - Cosham
13-14 Gunwharf Quays - Portsmouth City Centre - Fratton Road - Goldsmith Avenue - Milton - Furze Lane - Eastern Road - Baffins - Copnor Bridge - New Road - Lake Road - Portsmouth City Centre - 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.
16A Hayling Ferry - Eastney - Southsea Sea Front - Old Portsmouth - Gunwharf Quays - Portsmouth City Centre Sundays only
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
38 Fareham - Wickham - Southwick - QA Hospital - Cosham Irregular
38A Fareham - Wickham - Soberton Heath - Newtown - Southwick - QA Hospital - Cosham Irregular
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.
X40 Catherington Lane or Wecock Farm - Waterlooville - A3(M) - M275 - Portsmouth City Centre or Southsea Limited Stop operating in the morning and inwards only.
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).
X41 Clanfield (Rising Sun) - Horndean - Cowplain - A3(M) - M275 - Portsmouth Limited Stop service, Monday to Friday peak service.
X42 Gunwharf Quays - Portsmouth City Centre - M275 - Q.A. Hospital - Widley - Purbrook - Waterlooville - Crookhorn - South Downs College
43 Portsdown - Cosham - North End - Fratton - Southsea Works service
45 Hambledon - Denmead - Waterlooville - Stakes - Cosham - Stakes - Cosham - Stamshaw - Portsmouth City Centre
45A Denmead Green - Waterlooville - Stakes - Cosham - Stakes - Cosham - Stamshaw - Portsmouth City Centre
52 Fareham - Portchester - Cosham - South Downs College Schooldays only
57 Warsash - Locks Heath - Titchfield - Fareham - Linden Lea - Portchester - Port Solent - Cosham - North End - Portsmouth City Centre
X57 Warsash - Locks Heath - Titchfield - Fareham - Portchester - Port Solent - M275 - Portsmouth City Centre Peak hours only
63 Fareham - North Portchester - Paulsgrove - QA Hospital - Cosham - Drayton - Farlington - Leigh Park - Havant
138 Fareham - Wickham - Southwick - Denmead - Waterlooville Irregular
139 Fareham - Wickham - Soberton Heath - Newtown - Southwick - Denmead - Waterlooville One PM journey
145 Emsworth - Havant - Bedhampton - Crookhorn - Waterlooville - Denmead Schooldays only
625 Highbury - Cosham - Springfield School Schooldays only
635 Horndean School - Catherington - Clanfield Schooldays PM only
640 Clanfield - Horndean - Cowplain - Oaklands School - South Downs College Schooldays only
641 Warblington - Leigh Park - Oaklands School Schooldays only
649/650 King Richard School - Paulsgrove - Cosham Schooldays PM only
652 Wallington - Old Turnpike - Highlands - Fareham - Portchester - Cosham - Widley - Oaklands School Schooldays only

Fareham and Gosport bus services

No. Route Other Notes
1A Fareham (Bus Station) - Portchester - Paulsgrove - Cosham - North End - Portsmouth City Centre - Palmerston Road - Southsea (South Parade Pier) "Overground" Red Line. Continues as 1C to Paulsgrove.
5 Fareham (Bus Station) - Portchester - Paulsgrove - Cosham - Stamshaw - Portsmouth City Centre - Gunwharf Quays- Clarence Pier - Palmerston Road Evening and Sunday service 5A continues to Southsea (South Parade Pier) instead of Palmerston Road.
26 Fareham - Highlands - Segensworth - Park Gate - Botley - Hedge End
27 Fareham - Highlands - Locks Heath - Park Gate Monday to Friday only
27A Fareham - Highlands - Locks Heath - Sarisbury Green Monday to Friday only, one journey each way
28 Fareham - Highlands - Segensworth - Whiteley - Locks Heath
28C Fareham - Segensworth - Swanwick - Locks Heath - Warsash Monday to Friday peak hours only
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 - Asda - Fareham Circular service.
34 Fareham - Rowan Way - Stubbington - Lee-on-the-Solent - Cherque Farm - Gosport
34A Gosport - Lee-on-the-Solent - Stubbington Single AM journey
35 Fareham - Rowan Way - Stubbington - Hill Head - Stubbington - Rowan Way - Fareham
35A Fareham - Asda - Stubbington - Hill Head - Stubbington - Rowan Way - Fareham Mon-Fri AM only
36 Fareham - Asda - Peel Common - Cherque Farm - Lee-on-Solent
52 Fareham - Portchester - Cosham - South Downs College Schooldays only
56 Windhover - Lowford - Botley - Bishopstoke - Eastleigh Thursdays only, run under contract to Eastleigh Borough Council
57 Warsash - Locks Heath - Titchfield - Fareham - Linden Lea - Portchester - Port Solent - Cosham - North End - Portsmouth City Centre
57A Warsash - Locks Heath - Fareham Early mornings only
X57 Warsash - Locks Heath - Titchfield - Fareham - Portchester - Port Solent - M275 - Portsmouth City Centre Peak hours only
72 Gosport - Lee-on-the-Solent - Stubbington - Titchfield - Warsash - Woolston - Southampton
76/76A Whiteley - Locks Heath - Fareham Peak hours only
78C Fareham - Titchfield - Locks Heath - Warsash - Sarisbury Green - Bitterne - St Annes School - Southampton Schooldays only
80 Fareham - Titchfield - Locks Heath - Sarisbury Green - Woolston - Southampton
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 - Elson - Rowner - Peel Common - Fareham
87A Gosport - Elson - Rowner - Lee-on-the-Solent - Stubbington
88 Gosport - Stokes Bay - Rowner - Woodcot - Fareham
93 Fareham - Hill Park - Highlands - Maylings Farm - Fareham Circular service
94 Fareham - Funtley - Knowle - Wickham
95 Fareham - Maylings Farm - Highlands - Hill Park - Fareham Circular service
101 ASDA - Brockhurst - Elson - ASDA Tuesdays only
102 ASDA - Bridgemary - Elson - ASDA Tuesdays only
103 ASDA - Gosport - Alverstoke - ASDA Fridays only
104 ASDA - Lee-on-the-Solent - Cherque Farm - ASDA Fridays only
610 Highlands - Maylings Farm - Old Turnpike - Cams Hill School Schooldays only
652 Wallington - Old Turnpike - Highlands - Fareham - Portchester - Cosham - Widley - Oaklands School Schooldays only
672 Warsash - Locks Heath - Titchfield - Stubbington - Lee-on-the-Solent - Bay House School - Forton Road - St Vincent College - Gosport Schooldays only
683 Brockhurst - Elson - Cambridge Road - Bay House School Schooldays only

Weymouth, Bridport & Dorchester bus services

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.

Routes

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No. Route Other Notes
1 Weymouth - Wyke Regis - 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 Seven Acres - Weymouth
4B Weymouth - Oakbury Drive - Preston Spice Ship - Sutton Poyntz - Weymouth
5 Weymouth - Radipole
6 Weymouth - Wyke Regis
8 Weymouth - Chickerell
9 Weymouth - Lanehouse Estate - Weymouth
9A Weymouth - Budhouse School - Weymouth Schooldays AM only
10 Dorchester - Radipole - Weymouth
31 Weymouth - Littlemoor - Dorchester - Bridport - Lyme Regis - Axminster See also service 631 below.
40 Bridport - Bradpole - Beaminster
40A Salway Ash - Bridport - Bradpole - Beaminster School Schooldays Only
44 Bridport - Valley Road - Bothenhampton - Gundry Road - Bridport
45 Burton Bradstock - West Bay - Bridport - Court Orchard - Bridport Hospital
45A Bridport - Colfax School Schooldays only
47 Bridport - Beaminster - Crewkerne - Yeovil
71 Lyme Regis Town Service via the Square Town Service.
79 Portland Royal Manor School - Portland - Victoria Square - Wyke Regis Schooldays only
88 Preston - Littlemoor - Broadwey - Budmouth Technology College Schooldays only
89 Upwey - - Budmouth School - All Saints School Schooldays only
90 Overcombe Corner - Preston - Wey Valley School Schooldays only
91 Ferrybridge - Wyke Regis - King's Statue - Radipole - Littlemoor Schooldays only
92 Preston Seven Acres - All Saints School - Budmouth School Schooldays only
92A Preston Seven Acres - Weymouth Schooldays only
94 Poxwell - All Saints School Schooldays only
94A Poxwell - Weymouth Schooldays only
101 Dorchester - Broadmayne - West Knighton - Crossways Sundays Only
108 Weymouth - Bovington Swinton Avenue - Wool Schooldays only
110 Dorchester - Radipole - Weymouth - Wyke Regis - Portland Peak hours only
210 Bridport - Walditch - Puncknowle - Shipton Gorge - Litton Cheney Limited service.
253 Beaminster - Bridport - Abbotsbury - Rodden - Langton Herrin - Weymouth Limited service running Tuesdays and Thursdays only.
401 Weymouth College - Weymouth - Wyke Regis - Portland Collegedays only
631 Bridport - Lyme Regis Woodfoffe School Schooldays only
753 Beaminster - Bridport -Weymouth College Collegedays only
X53 Exeter - Seaton - Lyme Regis - Bridport - Weymouth - Wareham - Poole The "Jurassic Coast" service, using specially liveried buses.
X54 Exeter - Seaton - Axmouth - Colyton

Depots

Fleet

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 B7TLs 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 B7TLs with Wright Eclipse Gemini bodywork for use on service 8/8A.

The single deck fleet is composed 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 Lynxes and gas powered Dennis Darts. All of these have now been withdrawn from the Southampton fleet. An unusual vehicle acquired from Provincial was the first ACE Cougar, one of just two built, which has also been withdrawn.[4] 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 transferred to First Glasgow in 2003 after they proved unsuitable for a number of Southampton roads[5], 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 Station, West Quay Shopping Centre and Town Quay, these left the Southampton fleet when First lost the City-link contract to Uni-link, which subsequently lost its Uni-link bus services to Solent Blue Line in 2008.

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