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2 Learning
3 Getting Away
4 Winchester
5 Freedom
6 Southampton
7 City Transport
 
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Southampton was a world apart from Winchester, both the city and the bus depot. There were far more crews, it took about three years to go round the main rota and there were other rotas. Staff shortages were normal and there was often so much overtime you could choose what to do. Sometimes an inspector would give you time off from your duty if you would do another shift immediately afterwards, even if this meant cancelling a service.
Other times they would give you a start time as 'spare' (stand-by) and sort out the actual journeys later. Double shifts were common as, unlike drivers who were restricted by law, conductors could work as many hours as they wanted. It was not unusual for the driver and passengers on one bus to be waiting for a conductor to arrive on another.
The bus station was at West Marlands while the garage was in Grosvenor Square. Mostly we operated routes to Millbrook (35), Calmore (36), Testwood (36A), Salisbury (37), Bishop's Waltham (43), Botley (44), Winchester (47) Hiltingbury (47A), Fair Oak or Winchester (48), Moorgreen (West End) (51), West End (54), Langley or Lepe Beach (58), Fawley or Calshot (59), Romsey (61, 62, 63), Nursling (61A), Hamble (71) and Thornhill (88, 88A).
There was a separate rota, known as the 'A' rota, for the Bournemouth services (13, 19, 20 and later on the 27). Some duties were set aside on the 'coach' rota for coach drivers when they were not away. Conductors on these duties never knew who they would be working with. There was also the 'S' rota, mostly schools and works buses. At times crews operated over the one-man routes 38, 39, 40 50, 56, 57 and 60 and also on some journeys between the Central Station and the Red Funnel or channel ferries (52). As at Winchester the one-man routes were on the 'X' rota.
 
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SCHOOL
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SOUTHAMPTON
BEAULIEU
BISHOPS
WALTHAM
BOTLEY
BOURNEMOUTH
CADNAM
CALMORE
CALSHOT
CASTLE
MALWOOD
CENTRAL
STATION
CHANNEL
CAR FERRY
EASTLEIGH
EMERY DOWN
FAREHAM
FAWLEY
FAWLEY
REFINERY
FRITHAM
GOSPORT
HAMBLE
SOUTHAMPTON
HILTINGBURY
HOCOMBE
ROAD
HURSLEY
HYTHE
LANGLEY
LEPE BEACH
LYMINGTON
LYNDHURST
MOORGREEN
NOMANSLAND
NIGHTINGALE AV.
PETERSFIELD
ROMSEY
SALISBURY
SCRAGG HILL
SOUTHAMPTON
SWANMORE
TESTWOOD
THORNHILL
ESTATE
TOTTON
UPTON
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WINCHESTER
WINDERMERE
AVENUE
SOUTHAMPTON
DOCKS
WEST WELLOW
WOODLANDS
CENTRAL
STATION
 
 
Hants & Dorset routes in and from Southampton in 1969
13 13A - Bus Station, Millbrook, Redbridge, Totton, Hounsdown, Ashurst, Lyndhurst, Minstead, Castle Malwood, Stoney Cross, Burley, Picket Post, Poulner, Ringwood, St.Leonards, West Moors, Ferndown, Longham, Bear Cross, Kinson, Ensbury, Moordown, Bournemouth (Bus Station) . Some services do not serve all the places listed and not all services make the whole journey. Operated by A rota crews.
19 19A 20 20A - Bus Station, Millbrook, Redbridge, Totton, Hounsdown, Ashurst, Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst, Lymington, Milford on Sea, New Milton, Highcliffe, Mudeford (19 19A), Hinton Admiral (20 20A), Christchurch, Boscombe, Bournemouth (Bus Station). Operated by A rota crews.
19 19A 20 20A - Bus Station, Millbrook, Redbridge, Totton, Hounsdown, Ashurst, Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst, Lymington, Milford on Sea, New Milton, Highcliffe, Mudeford (19 19A), Hinton Admiral (20 20A), Christchurch, Boscombe, Bournemouth (Bus Station). Operated by A rota crews.
35 - Bus Station, Rail Station (downside), Millbrook, Millbrook Estate (Windermere Avenue). City service.
36 - Bus Station, Shirley, Maybush Corner, Millbrook Roundabout, Redbridge, Totton, Hammond's Green, Calmore.
36A - Bus Station, Shirley, Maybush Corner, Millbrook Roundabout, Redbridge, Totton, Testwood Crescent.
37 - Bus Station, Millbrook, Redbridge, Totton, Testwood, Ower, West Wellow, Plaitford, Nomansland (some journeys), Landford, Whiteparish, Whaddon, Alderbury, Salisbury (Bus Station). Joint service with Wilts & Dorset.
39 - Bus Station, Millbrook, Redbridge, Totton, Hammond's Green, Calmore, Tatchbury, Copythorne, Furzley, Bramshaw, Long Cross, Godshill, Fordingbridge. Operated by X rota drivers.
40 40A - Bus Station, Millbrook, Redbridge, Totton, Hammond's Green, Calmore, Tatchbury, Winsor, Cadnam, Castle Malwood, Minstead, Lyndhurst, Brook, Bramshaw, Nomansland (40A), Fritham. Operated by X rota drivers.
41 - Bus Station, Bassett, Bassett Green, North Stoneham, Eastleigh, Allbrook, Colden Common. Operated by X rota drivers.
43 - Bus Station, Portswood, Southampton Airport, Eastleigh, Bishopstoke, Fair Oak, Horton Heath, Durley, Bishop's Waltham. Also operated by Bishop's Waltham crews.
43A - Bus Station, Portswood, Southampton Airport, Eastleigh, Bishopstoke, Fair Oak, Lower Upham.
43B - Bus Station, Portswood, Southampton Airport, North Stoneham, Nightingale Avenue. Operated by X rota drivers.
44 - Bus Station, Portswood, Southampton Airport, Eastleigh, Bishopstoke, Fair Oak, Horton Heath, Boorley Green, Botley. Also operated by Bishop's Waltham crews.
47 - Bus Station, Bassett, Chandler's Ford, Otterbourne, Compton, Bushfield Camp, St.Cross, Winchester. Operated by Southampton and Winchester crews. Through booking to Alresford, Alton and Aldershot via Aldershot & District service 14.
47A - Bus Station, Bassett, Chandler's Ford, Kingsway, Hiltingbury.
48 - Bus Station, Portswood, Swaythling, North Stoneham, Eastleigh, Bishopstoke, Fair Oak, Fishers Pond, Colden Common, Twyford, Hockley, St.Cross, Winchester. Operated by Southampton and Winchester crews.
50 - Bus Station, Northam, Bitterne, Moorgreen, Fair Oak, Lower Upham, Bishop's Waltham, Waltham Chase, Swanmore, Droxford, Corhampton, Warnford, West Meon, Drayton, East Meon, Langrish, Stroud, Petersfield. Operated by X rota drivers.
51 51A - Bus Station, Northam, Bitterne, West End Road (51) or Thornhill Park Road (51A), West End, Moorgreen, Horton Heath, Durley, Bishop's Waltham, Waltham Chase, Swanmore. Some journeys terminate at Moorgreen.
52 52A 52H - Rail Station (downside) to Royal Pier for Red Funnel ferry to Cowes (52) or Coach Station, Rail Station (downside), Bus Station to Continental Ferry Terminals for P&O and Townend Thoresen ferries to Cherbourg and Le Havre (52A) or Rail Station (downside) to Seaspeed Hovercraft Terminal for service to Cowes (52H). These services do not make any other stops.
53 - Bus Station, Northam, Bitterne, Thornhill, Hedge End, Botley, Curdridge, Shedfield, Wickham, Fareham (Bus Station). Operated by Fareham crews.
54 - Rail Station (downside), Civic Centre, Northam, Bitterne, Harefield Estate, West End (New Inn). City service operated jointly with Southampton City Transport Department.
56 - Bus Station, Millbrook, Redbridge, Totton, Hounsdown, Ashurst, Lyndhurst, Bank, Emery Down. Operated by X rota drivers.
57 - Bus Station, Millbrook, Redbridge, Totton, Netley Marsh, Woodlands, Bartley, Cadnam. Operated by X rota drivers.
58 - Bus Station, Millbrook, Redbridge, Totton, Ealing, Marchwood, Dibden, Hythe, Holbury, Blackfield, Langley, Lepe Beach. Operated by crews from Hythe and Southampton.
59 - Bus Station, Millbrook, Redbridge, Totton, Hounsdown, Marchwood or Pooksgreen, Dibden, Hythe, Holbury, Blackfield, Fawley, Fawley Refinery (some journeys), Calshot. Operated by crews from Hythe and Southampton.
60 - Bus Station, Millbrook, Redbridge, Totton, Testwood, Ower, Romsey, Cupernham, Braishfield. Operated by X rota drivers.
61 - Bus Station, Shirley, Maybush Corner, Nursling, Romsey (Market Place).
61A - Bus Station, Shirley, Maybush Corner, Hillyfields, Nursling, Upton Crescent.
62 - Bus Station, Bassett, Chilworth, North Baddesley, Scragg Hill, Romsey (Market Place).
63 - Bus Station, Shirley, Maybush Corner, Nursling, Rownhams, Scragg Hill, Romsey (Market Place).
64 - New Docks (King George V Graving Dock), New Docks (No.8 Gate), Old Docks (No.4 Gate), Old Docks (35 Canteen).
70 - Bus Station, Northam, Bitterne, Thornhill, Bursledon, Sarisbury Green, Park Gate, Lock's Heath, Titchfield, Stubbington, Lee-on-Solent, Privett, Gosport (Ferry). Operated by Fareham crews.
71 - Bus Station, Northam, Bitterne, Thornhill, Hedge End, Pilands Estate, Hound Corner, Hamble (Square).
76 - Bus Station, Northam, Bitterne, Thornhill, Hedge End, Botley, Curbridge, Burridge, Swanwick, Park Gate, Segensworth, Catisfield, Hill Park, Fareham (Bus Station). Operated by Fareham crews.
82 - Bus Station, Northam, Bitterne, Thornhill, Pilands Estate, Hound Corner, Hamble. Operated by X rota drivers.
86 - Bus Station, Northam, Bitterne, Thornhill, Hedge End, Boorley Green, Botley, Curdridge, Bishop's Waltham.
87 - Bus Station, Bassett, Chandler's Ford, Hocombe Road, Hursley (some journeys).
88 88A - Rail Station (downside), Bus Station, Northam, Bitterne, Thornhill, Thornhill Estate (Tatwin Crescent 88 or Burgoyne Road 88A). City service.
93 - Bus Station, Northam, Bitterne, Bursledon, Sarisbury Green, Warsash, Titchfield, Stubbington, Lee-on-Solent, Privett, Gosport (Ferry). Operated by Fareham crews.
96 - Bus Station, Millbrook, Redbridge, Totton, Rushington, Foxhills, Ashurst, Woodlands. Operated by X rota drivers.
141 - Southampton Docks Tour, departing from the Civic Centre. Joint with Southampton City Transport Department.
226 - Bus Station, Millbrook, Redbridge, Totton, Hounsdown, Marchwood, Clay Meadows Estate, Hardley (Fawley Refinery). Works service with limited pick-up and set-down. One return journey Monday to Friday.
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