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The Southampton sub-section has been re-organised so that the times and fares pages are in the main part and no longer have their own separate index page.
 
 
 
 
 
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Southampton Corporation - Southampton City Transport - Southampton City Bus
Southampton Corporation Transport Department ran trams and buses in Southampton from 1879. Southampton's early double deck trams were of the open-top variety. When enclosed trams were purchased, they were of a unique low chassis, domed roof design to allow them to pass under the city's medieval Bargate city gate. The tram network was abandoned in 1949 but, unlike some other local authorities, Southampton did not replace their trams with trolleybuses, but switched directly to diesel buses. While operating trams, Southampton Corporation, in common with many authorities, ran their own power station. This was opposite the central train station but has since been demolished.
From 1934, the Corporation operated the floating bridges (chain ferries) across the river Itchen between Chapel on the city side and Woolston. These two bridges ran side by side from 1833 to 1977 when the new road bridge was opened, but the originals had been replaced in 1962. Until the new road bridge was opened, separate bus routes ran from the Woolston side although, unlike Hants & Dorset, there was no garage here. On the last night of the floating bridges there was a celebration on board with a jazz band and fireworks.
Southampton had become a city in 1964 and Southampton Corporation Transport became Southampton City Transport. On the 26h of October 1986 the council set their bus operation up as an "arms-length" company, Southampton Citybus Ltd..
In May 1987 Solent Blue Line, a Southern Vectis subsidiary, launched an attack on Citybus routes. The company responded with a fleet of former London Transport Routemasters and re-introduced conductors.
But it was Stagecoach, who had bought Hampshire Bus in April that year, who pulled out of Southampton, selling its operation to Southern Vectis in October. The Routemasters were withdrawn in 1988.
The council sold Citybus to the management and staff in 1993. The First Bus group bought the company in 1997 and amalgamated it with the Provincial operation two years later.
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