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Buses of Somerset

Extra journeys added to bus services in Somerset

  • From Monday 27 November, changes to Buses of Somerset’s timetables will further improve punctuality and reliability
  • Following customer feedback, earlier buses added to help locals get to work
  • Evening services extended on the 21 service
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Free bus travel to mark Remembrance weekend

Local bus operator, First South is offering free travel across its bus network for all veterans and UK Armed Forces personnel travelling to Remembrance activities on Armistice Day (Saturday 11th November) and Remembrance Sunday (Sunday 12th November).

From L-R: Cllr Vernon-Jackson, Portsmouth City Council; Carol Sim, Head of Operations First South; Simon Goff, Managing Director First South; Cllr Philpott, Hampshire County Council; Frank Baxter, Head of Integrated Transport, Hampshire County Council

It’s electric! Work starts at Hoeford depot to bring electric buses to Hampshire and Portsmouth

  • First Bus South, operator of First Solent, has started construction works to electrify Hoeford bus depot
  • The newly electric depot will support 62 new EV buses for Portsmouth and Hampshire
  • EV Buses and electric infrastructure is a jointly funded initiative with Hampshire County Council and Portsmouth City Council
Picture shows from L-R: Richard Moon, Business Contract Manager Truronian, Julien Boast, Chief Executive Hall for Cornwall, Richard Honey, Staff Manager Cornwall by Kernow

Curtain rises on new partnership between Cornwall by Kernow and Hall for Cornwall

  • Bus operator Cornwall by Kernow has joined forces with Hall for Cornwall 
  • Partnership will encourage bus usage as a sustainable travel option to the theatre  
  • Cornwall by Kernow becomes official sponsor of Hall for Cornwall’s Christmas Show, Peter Pan 
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New RailAir coach service links Watford to Heathrow

  • New direct coach service links Watford to Heathrow in around 45 mins 
  • RA3 is the latest addition to the RailAir family, operated by First Bus South in partnership with Heathrow  
  • Cost effective new route increases connectivity to UK’s busiest airport 
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First Bus South confirms closure of Bridgwater Depot

  • Buses of Somerset (First Bus South) confirm its bus depot in Bridgwater will close with effect from 3 September 2023.
  • Buses of Somerset remains committed to its future in Somerset and its operations will continue to be run from neighbouring depots.
  • From 3 September, there will be some changes to services across Buses of Somerset network, including improvements to frequencies on selected routes.
First Solent's Katie Dadd with Portsmouth FC's Lawrence Bisgrove and Mark Judges

Portsmouth Football Club get on board with First Solent

  • First Solent announces corporate partnership with Portsmouth Football Club for 2023/24 season 
  • Partnership will encourage sustainable travel to games, using direct bus service to Fratton Park 
  • Further cements the company’s commitment to serving Portsmouth’s community 
EV charging at Summercourt

First Bus announces industry-first consumer Electric Vehicle charging hub at Summercourt, Cornwall

  • First Bus becomes UK’s first bus operator to offer a consumer charging hub to help local Cornish community make switch to electric vehicles (EVs). 
  • The new purpose-built site in Cornwall will be ready for customers later this summer. 
  • Site provides 8 rapid charging points for public EVs that will fully charge a family car in under 30 minutes.  
  • New facility is ideally placed on key tourist route into Cornwall. 
Leicester Solar PV

First Bus announces investment in solar power across 20 UK sites as part of net zero-emission strategy

  • First Bus invests £2.5m in solar power across 20 of its UK depots. 
  • Over 6,000 Solar Photo Voltaic (PV) panels will be in place by mid-June.  
  • The panels will generate more than 2 million kWh per year - enough to power 700 family homes. 
  • This investment will help First Bus to become net zero and self-sustaining with on-site energy generation.
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First Bus purchase new site to create new ‘super bus depot’ in Portsmouth

  • First Bus have purchased the old Daily Mail processing centre in Portsmouth.
  • The new site will become a purpose built all-electric site fit to host their new electric bus fleet of the future.
  • The new depot will take up to 2-3 years to build and represents a significant investment and future commitment to bus services in Portsmouth.
  • First Bus will be launching 62 brand-new all-electric buses from April 2024 from its existing Hoeford depot site.
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UK’s first autonomous zero-emission bus service begins in Oxfordshire

  • Operating at Milton Park business, science and technology park in Oxfordshire
  • Electric 15-seater autonomous bus accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs
  • Ground-breaking technology in vehicle movement and world-first travel planning
First Bus South & South West

First Bus and partners welcome Roads Minister to launch UK's first all-electric autonomous bus service at Milton Park

  • UK’s first zero emission autonomous bus service to operate at Milton Park business, science and technology park in Oxfordshire 
  • Project to launch two zero emission single-decker autonomous buses which are fully accessible to wheelchair users and prams
  • Ground-breaking technology in vehicle movement and travel planning
  • The buses will have a safety driver on board at all times during operation and have completed its first test passenger journeys over the past two weeks