Black Velvet Travel under new management after merger deal

Hampshire Chronicle: Black Velvet buses Black Velvet buses

THEY are among the most recognisable vehicles on Hampshire roads.

But Black Velvet Travel’s fleet of purple buses will soon be under new management after the company was bought in a merger.

Hampshire bus mogul Philip Blair has agreed a deal to take over Velvet, assuming ownership of the company on May 1.

Financial details are not being released but Mr Blair, who also owns Xelabus, will acquire 100 per cent of the shares and become a director along with son Gareth.

The Blair family, who run Eastleigh-based Xelabus, will take over management of Velvet with immediate effect.

Mr Blair said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to take control of this well respected local business. While there will inevitably be changes, we hope that the benefits of the new arrangements will quickly become obvious to staff, customers and suppliers.”

Velvet was founded in November 2007 and is well known throughout the city for its fleet of purple buses.

Phil Stockley, managing director of Velvet, who is selling his 51 per cent stake in the company as part of the deal, added: “It has been huge fun building the company up over the last six years and we are proud of what we have achieved. But the company needs fresh impetus to move to the next level, and the Blairs are ideally placed to provide this.”

The company runs more than 15 services between Southampton, Eastleigh and Winchester but these could be reduced under new management with a rationalisation of Velvet’s network to follow.

Xelabus provides a series of specialist school and shopper services along with local routes.

The deal comes shortly after Xelabus took over a Velvet service from Chandler’s Ford to Barton Peveril College in January.

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12:00pm Mon 10 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

There were/are too many different companies around anyway, how many people are using Wheelers services? Xelabus? They are the ones with the nice green colour scheme, I reckon many people don't even know where they run bus routes! Bus deregulation was the worst thing that ever happened to Public Transport, it will takes years to get it back to a service for the needs of the public rather than a series of dog eat dog battles.
There were/are too many different companies around anyway, how many people are using Wheelers services? Xelabus? They are the ones with the nice green colour scheme, I reckon many people don't even know where they run bus routes! Bus deregulation was the worst thing that ever happened to Public Transport, it will takes years to get it back to a service for the needs of the public rather than a series of dog eat dog battles. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 7

12:05pm Mon 10 Mar 14

ToastyTea says...

One of the first changes they have made is stopping night buses to Hedge End, Botley, Woolston etc meaning people wanting to get home from town on a Fri or Sat night have no choice but to get a taxi at a ridiculous cost which if you're by yourself is not feasible, so that's just brilliant.
One of the first changes they have made is stopping night buses to Hedge End, Botley, Woolston etc meaning people wanting to get home from town on a Fri or Sat night have no choice but to get a taxi at a ridiculous cost which if you're by yourself is not feasible, so that's just brilliant. ToastyTea
  • Score: -4

1:00pm Mon 10 Mar 14

gilbertratchet says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
There were/are too many different companies around anyway, how many people are using Wheelers services? Xelabus? They are the ones with the nice green colour scheme, I reckon many people don't even know where they run bus routes! Bus deregulation was the worst thing that ever happened to Public Transport, it will takes years to get it back to a service for the needs of the public rather than a series of dog eat dog battles.
I don't really know if there are too many different companies around or not, probably. All I know is, it's ridiculous that in our city we have to CHOOSE a bus company. Why aren't tickets usable on all? Especially since so many routes are being slashed, it's getting to the point where a lot of commuters have to buy several season tickets just to get across this not-all-that-big-rea
lly city. Stupid.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: There were/are too many different companies around anyway, how many people are using Wheelers services? Xelabus? They are the ones with the nice green colour scheme, I reckon many people don't even know where they run bus routes! Bus deregulation was the worst thing that ever happened to Public Transport, it will takes years to get it back to a service for the needs of the public rather than a series of dog eat dog battles.[/p][/quote]I don't really know if there are too many different companies around or not, probably. All I know is, it's ridiculous that in our city we have to CHOOSE a bus company. Why aren't tickets usable on all? Especially since so many routes are being slashed, it's getting to the point where a lot of commuters have to buy several season tickets just to get across this not-all-that-big-rea lly city. Stupid. gilbertratchet
  • Score: 4

1:15pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Mr Gooddy says...

ToastyTea wrote:
One of the first changes they have made is stopping night buses to Hedge End, Botley, Woolston etc meaning people wanting to get home from town on a Fri or Sat night have no choice but to get a taxi at a ridiculous cost which if you're by yourself is not feasible, so that's just brilliant.
Have to correct you there ToastyTea. To deregister a bus service operators have to give 56 days notice. Therefore this has nothing to do with the new management of Velvet. Perhaps the outgoing manager Mr Stockley could deal with your comments.
[quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: One of the first changes they have made is stopping night buses to Hedge End, Botley, Woolston etc meaning people wanting to get home from town on a Fri or Sat night have no choice but to get a taxi at a ridiculous cost which if you're by yourself is not feasible, so that's just brilliant.[/p][/quote]Have to correct you there ToastyTea. To deregister a bus service operators have to give 56 days notice. Therefore this has nothing to do with the new management of Velvet. Perhaps the outgoing manager Mr Stockley could deal with your comments. Mr Gooddy
  • Score: 3

1:43pm Mon 10 Mar 14

ToastyTea says...

Mr Gooddy wrote:
ToastyTea wrote: One of the first changes they have made is stopping night buses to Hedge End, Botley, Woolston etc meaning people wanting to get home from town on a Fri or Sat night have no choice but to get a taxi at a ridiculous cost which if you're by yourself is not feasible, so that's just brilliant.
Have to correct you there ToastyTea. To deregister a bus service operators have to give 56 days notice. Therefore this has nothing to do with the new management of Velvet. Perhaps the outgoing manager Mr Stockley could deal with your comments.
Well yes maybe Mr Stockley could, but they have not responded to my email I sent them a while ago on the subject nor do they pick up their phone soo...
[quote][p][bold]Mr Gooddy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: One of the first changes they have made is stopping night buses to Hedge End, Botley, Woolston etc meaning people wanting to get home from town on a Fri or Sat night have no choice but to get a taxi at a ridiculous cost which if you're by yourself is not feasible, so that's just brilliant.[/p][/quote]Have to correct you there ToastyTea. To deregister a bus service operators have to give 56 days notice. Therefore this has nothing to do with the new management of Velvet. Perhaps the outgoing manager Mr Stockley could deal with your comments.[/p][/quote]Well yes maybe Mr Stockley could, but they have not responded to my email I sent them a while ago on the subject nor do they pick up their phone soo... ToastyTea
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2:47pm Mon 10 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

gilbertratchet wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
There were/are too many different companies around anyway, how many people are using Wheelers services? Xelabus? They are the ones with the nice green colour scheme, I reckon many people don't even know where they run bus routes! Bus deregulation was the worst thing that ever happened to Public Transport, it will takes years to get it back to a service for the needs of the public rather than a series of dog eat dog battles.
I don't really know if there are too many different companies around or not, probably. All I know is, it's ridiculous that in our city we have to CHOOSE a bus company. Why aren't tickets usable on all? Especially since so many routes are being slashed, it's getting to the point where a lot of commuters have to buy several season tickets just to get across this not-all-that-big-rea

lly city. Stupid.
Pensioner passes seem to be available on most services so it should be feasible to have a universal ticket available across the board. There is much wrong with the present situation, but I don't think anyone in the political sphere gives a darn because they all use their own transport.
[quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: There were/are too many different companies around anyway, how many people are using Wheelers services? Xelabus? They are the ones with the nice green colour scheme, I reckon many people don't even know where they run bus routes! Bus deregulation was the worst thing that ever happened to Public Transport, it will takes years to get it back to a service for the needs of the public rather than a series of dog eat dog battles.[/p][/quote]I don't really know if there are too many different companies around or not, probably. All I know is, it's ridiculous that in our city we have to CHOOSE a bus company. Why aren't tickets usable on all? Especially since so many routes are being slashed, it's getting to the point where a lot of commuters have to buy several season tickets just to get across this not-all-that-big-rea lly city. Stupid.[/p][/quote]Pensioner passes seem to be available on most services so it should be feasible to have a universal ticket available across the board. There is much wrong with the present situation, but I don't think anyone in the political sphere gives a darn because they all use their own transport. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 2

2:58pm Mon 10 Mar 14

TurquoiseJ says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
gilbertratchet wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote: There were/are too many different companies around anyway, how many people are using Wheelers services? Xelabus? They are the ones with the nice green colour scheme, I reckon many people don't even know where they run bus routes! Bus deregulation was the worst thing that ever happened to Public Transport, it will takes years to get it back to a service for the needs of the public rather than a series of dog eat dog battles.
I don't really know if there are too many different companies around or not, probably. All I know is, it's ridiculous that in our city we have to CHOOSE a bus company. Why aren't tickets usable on all? Especially since so many routes are being slashed, it's getting to the point where a lot of commuters have to buy several season tickets just to get across this not-all-that-big-rea lly city. Stupid.
Pensioner passes seem to be available on most services so it should be feasible to have a universal ticket available across the board. There is much wrong with the present situation, but I don't think anyone in the political sphere gives a darn because they all use their own transport.
The solent travel ticket and pass is valid on most services and can be bought for a day, week or month. Not advertised but cheaper than other tickets. On the bus purchase for day is named solent T.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: There were/are too many different companies around anyway, how many people are using Wheelers services? Xelabus? They are the ones with the nice green colour scheme, I reckon many people don't even know where they run bus routes! Bus deregulation was the worst thing that ever happened to Public Transport, it will takes years to get it back to a service for the needs of the public rather than a series of dog eat dog battles.[/p][/quote]I don't really know if there are too many different companies around or not, probably. All I know is, it's ridiculous that in our city we have to CHOOSE a bus company. Why aren't tickets usable on all? Especially since so many routes are being slashed, it's getting to the point where a lot of commuters have to buy several season tickets just to get across this not-all-that-big-rea lly city. Stupid.[/p][/quote]Pensioner passes seem to be available on most services so it should be feasible to have a universal ticket available across the board. There is much wrong with the present situation, but I don't think anyone in the political sphere gives a darn because they all use their own transport.[/p][/quote]The solent travel ticket and pass is valid on most services and can be bought for a day, week or month. Not advertised but cheaper than other tickets. On the bus purchase for day is named solent T. TurquoiseJ
  • Score: 2

3:00pm Mon 10 Mar 14

TurquoiseJ says...

Here is the website
http://www.solenttra
velcard.com/index.ht
ml
£7.50 for a day
Here is the website http://www.solenttra velcard.com/index.ht ml £7.50 for a day TurquoiseJ
  • Score: 0

3:13pm Mon 10 Mar 14

gilbertratchet says...

TurquoiseJ wrote:
Here is the website
http://www.solenttra

velcard.com/index.ht

ml
£7.50 for a day
Thanks. Is that cheaper than a day ticket on a single operator? I honestly don't know. If it isn't, it's still not ideal for the affected commuter. I want to say "something like an Oyster card" but of course, that's all aimed at TFL, one company. Maybe it IS wrong we have so many operators in this city then.
[quote][p][bold]TurquoiseJ[/bold] wrote: Here is the website http://www.solenttra velcard.com/index.ht ml £7.50 for a day[/p][/quote]Thanks. Is that cheaper than a day ticket on a single operator? I honestly don't know. If it isn't, it's still not ideal for the affected commuter. I want to say "something like an Oyster card" but of course, that's all aimed at TFL, one company. Maybe it IS wrong we have so many operators in this city then. gilbertratchet
  • Score: 0

3:13pm Mon 10 Mar 14

gilbertratchet says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
gilbertratchet wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
There were/are too many different companies around anyway, how many people are using Wheelers services? Xelabus? They are the ones with the nice green colour scheme, I reckon many people don't even know where they run bus routes! Bus deregulation was the worst thing that ever happened to Public Transport, it will takes years to get it back to a service for the needs of the public rather than a series of dog eat dog battles.
I don't really know if there are too many different companies around or not, probably. All I know is, it's ridiculous that in our city we have to CHOOSE a bus company. Why aren't tickets usable on all? Especially since so many routes are being slashed, it's getting to the point where a lot of commuters have to buy several season tickets just to get across this not-all-that-big-rea


lly city. Stupid.
Pensioner passes seem to be available on most services so it should be feasible to have a universal ticket available across the board. There is much wrong with the present situation, but I don't think anyone in the political sphere gives a darn because they all use their own transport.
I have to agree. Irritating.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: There were/are too many different companies around anyway, how many people are using Wheelers services? Xelabus? They are the ones with the nice green colour scheme, I reckon many people don't even know where they run bus routes! Bus deregulation was the worst thing that ever happened to Public Transport, it will takes years to get it back to a service for the needs of the public rather than a series of dog eat dog battles.[/p][/quote]I don't really know if there are too many different companies around or not, probably. All I know is, it's ridiculous that in our city we have to CHOOSE a bus company. Why aren't tickets usable on all? Especially since so many routes are being slashed, it's getting to the point where a lot of commuters have to buy several season tickets just to get across this not-all-that-big-rea lly city. Stupid.[/p][/quote]Pensioner passes seem to be available on most services so it should be feasible to have a universal ticket available across the board. There is much wrong with the present situation, but I don't think anyone in the political sphere gives a darn because they all use their own transport.[/p][/quote]I have to agree. Irritating. gilbertratchet
  • Score: -1

3:13pm Mon 10 Mar 14

gilbertratchet says...

gilbertratchet wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
gilbertratchet wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
There were/are too many different companies around anyway, how many people are using Wheelers services? Xelabus? They are the ones with the nice green colour scheme, I reckon many people don't even know where they run bus routes! Bus deregulation was the worst thing that ever happened to Public Transport, it will takes years to get it back to a service for the needs of the public rather than a series of dog eat dog battles.
I don't really know if there are too many different companies around or not, probably. All I know is, it's ridiculous that in our city we have to CHOOSE a bus company. Why aren't tickets usable on all? Especially since so many routes are being slashed, it's getting to the point where a lot of commuters have to buy several season tickets just to get across this not-all-that-big-rea



lly city. Stupid.
Pensioner passes seem to be available on most services so it should be feasible to have a universal ticket available across the board. There is much wrong with the present situation, but I don't think anyone in the political sphere gives a darn because they all use their own transport.
I have to agree. Irritating.
The situation is irritating, I mean. Not the fact that I agree!
[quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: There were/are too many different companies around anyway, how many people are using Wheelers services? Xelabus? They are the ones with the nice green colour scheme, I reckon many people don't even know where they run bus routes! Bus deregulation was the worst thing that ever happened to Public Transport, it will takes years to get it back to a service for the needs of the public rather than a series of dog eat dog battles.[/p][/quote]I don't really know if there are too many different companies around or not, probably. All I know is, it's ridiculous that in our city we have to CHOOSE a bus company. Why aren't tickets usable on all? Especially since so many routes are being slashed, it's getting to the point where a lot of commuters have to buy several season tickets just to get across this not-all-that-big-rea lly city. Stupid.[/p][/quote]Pensioner passes seem to be available on most services so it should be feasible to have a universal ticket available across the board. There is much wrong with the present situation, but I don't think anyone in the political sphere gives a darn because they all use their own transport.[/p][/quote]I have to agree. Irritating.[/p][/quote]The situation is irritating, I mean. Not the fact that I agree! gilbertratchet
  • Score: 1

3:15pm Mon 10 Mar 14

__KTF__ says...

This story is out of date. They have not been bought by Xelabus.
This story is out of date. They have not been bought by Xelabus. __KTF__
  • Score: 3

3:59pm Mon 10 Mar 14

soton_resident says...

__KTF__ wrote:
This story is out of date. They have not been bought by Xelabus.
Are you saying they've not merged, nor one has taken over the other?
[quote][p][bold]__KTF__[/bold] wrote: This story is out of date. They have not been bought by Xelabus.[/p][/quote]Are you saying they've not merged, nor one has taken over the other? soton_resident
  • Score: 1

4:15pm Mon 10 Mar 14

__KTF__ says...

soton_resident wrote:
__KTF__ wrote:
This story is out of date. They have not been bought by Xelabus.
Are you saying they've not merged, nor one has taken over the other?
Yes, the owner of Velvet has posted as such on a forum today.
[quote][p][bold]soton_resident[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]__KTF__[/bold] wrote: This story is out of date. They have not been bought by Xelabus.[/p][/quote]Are you saying they've not merged, nor one has taken over the other?[/p][/quote]Yes, the owner of Velvet has posted as such on a forum today. __KTF__
  • Score: 0

4:43pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

gilbertratchet wrote:
TurquoiseJ wrote:
Here is the website
http://www.solenttra


velcard.com/index.ht


ml
£7.50 for a day
Thanks. Is that cheaper than a day ticket on a single operator? I honestly don't know. If it isn't, it's still not ideal for the affected commuter. I want to say "something like an Oyster card" but of course, that's all aimed at TFL, one company. Maybe it IS wrong we have so many operators in this city then.
Actually, several different companies serve London but they ALL have to display the TFL logo and their buses have to be painted red.
[quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TurquoiseJ[/bold] wrote: Here is the website http://www.solenttra velcard.com/index.ht ml £7.50 for a day[/p][/quote]Thanks. Is that cheaper than a day ticket on a single operator? I honestly don't know. If it isn't, it's still not ideal for the affected commuter. I want to say "something like an Oyster card" but of course, that's all aimed at TFL, one company. Maybe it IS wrong we have so many operators in this city then.[/p][/quote]Actually, several different companies serve London but they ALL have to display the TFL logo and their buses have to be painted red. Ginger_cyclist
  • Score: 5

4:54pm Mon 10 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

I had heard a rumour that there had been a last minute change of mind, the question is, is the story in the thread true, or not?
I had heard a rumour that there had been a last minute change of mind, the question is, is the story in the thread true, or not? OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

6:32pm Mon 10 Mar 14

frenchvic says...

Remember the old days when you only had Southampton Corporation and Hants and Dorset. HAPPY DAYS.
Remember the old days when you only had Southampton Corporation and Hants and Dorset. HAPPY DAYS. frenchvic
  • Score: 0

6:40pm Mon 10 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

frenchvic wrote:
Remember the old days when you only had Southampton Corporation and Hants and Dorset. HAPPY DAYS.
Ah! Guy Arabs and Bristol K's, lovely stuff.
[quote][p][bold]frenchvic[/bold] wrote: Remember the old days when you only had Southampton Corporation and Hants and Dorset. HAPPY DAYS.[/p][/quote]Ah! Guy Arabs and Bristol K's, lovely stuff. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

8:01pm Mon 10 Mar 14

__KTF__ says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
I had heard a rumour that there had been a last minute change of mind, the question is, is the story in the thread true, or not?
Have a look on the Velvet facebook page for the details.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: I had heard a rumour that there had been a last minute change of mind, the question is, is the story in the thread true, or not?[/p][/quote]Have a look on the Velvet facebook page for the details. __KTF__
  • Score: 1

9:57pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Mr Gooddy says...

__KTF__ wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
I had heard a rumour that there had been a last minute change of mind, the question is, is the story in the thread true, or not?
Have a look on the Velvet facebook page for the details.
The fact is that the Xelabus management did pull out of the deal within 36 hours using their opt out clause. Obviously things were not all that they appeared with Velvet for them to do so. The question should be asked what is going on at Velvet?
[quote][p][bold]__KTF__[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: I had heard a rumour that there had been a last minute change of mind, the question is, is the story in the thread true, or not?[/p][/quote]Have a look on the Velvet facebook page for the details.[/p][/quote]The fact is that the Xelabus management did pull out of the deal within 36 hours using their opt out clause. Obviously things were not all that they appeared with Velvet for them to do so. The question should be asked what is going on at Velvet? Mr Gooddy
  • Score: 0

10:54pm Mon 10 Mar 14

dolomiteman says...

So how has just bought out Brijan?
So how has just bought out Brijan? dolomiteman
  • Score: 1

8:14am Tue 11 Mar 14

gilbertratchet says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
gilbertratchet wrote:
TurquoiseJ wrote:
Here is the website
http://www.solenttra



velcard.com/index.ht



ml
£7.50 for a day
Thanks. Is that cheaper than a day ticket on a single operator? I honestly don't know. If it isn't, it's still not ideal for the affected commuter. I want to say "something like an Oyster card" but of course, that's all aimed at TFL, one company. Maybe it IS wrong we have so many operators in this city then.
Actually, several different companies serve London but they ALL have to display the TFL logo and their buses have to be painted red.
Oh really? Never knew that. Cheers.
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TurquoiseJ[/bold] wrote: Here is the website http://www.solenttra velcard.com/index.ht ml £7.50 for a day[/p][/quote]Thanks. Is that cheaper than a day ticket on a single operator? I honestly don't know. If it isn't, it's still not ideal for the affected commuter. I want to say "something like an Oyster card" but of course, that's all aimed at TFL, one company. Maybe it IS wrong we have so many operators in this city then.[/p][/quote]Actually, several different companies serve London but they ALL have to display the TFL logo and their buses have to be painted red.[/p][/quote]Oh really? Never knew that. Cheers. gilbertratchet
  • Score: 0

9:29am Tue 11 Mar 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

gilbertratchet wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
gilbertratchet wrote:
TurquoiseJ wrote:
Here is the website
http://www.solenttra




velcard.com/index.ht




ml
£7.50 for a day
Thanks. Is that cheaper than a day ticket on a single operator? I honestly don't know. If it isn't, it's still not ideal for the affected commuter. I want to say "something like an Oyster card" but of course, that's all aimed at TFL, one company. Maybe it IS wrong we have so many operators in this city then.
Actually, several different companies serve London but they ALL have to display the TFL logo and their buses have to be painted red.
Oh really? Never knew that. Cheers.
First, Arriva and Abellio are the ones I know of.
[quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TurquoiseJ[/bold] wrote: Here is the website http://www.solenttra velcard.com/index.ht ml £7.50 for a day[/p][/quote]Thanks. Is that cheaper than a day ticket on a single operator? I honestly don't know. If it isn't, it's still not ideal for the affected commuter. I want to say "something like an Oyster card" but of course, that's all aimed at TFL, one company. Maybe it IS wrong we have so many operators in this city then.[/p][/quote]Actually, several different companies serve London but they ALL have to display the TFL logo and their buses have to be painted red.[/p][/quote]Oh really? Never knew that. Cheers.[/p][/quote]First, Arriva and Abellio are the ones I know of. Ginger_cyclist
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3:59pm Tue 11 Mar 14

B. L. says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
gilbertratchet wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
gilbertratchet wrote:
TurquoiseJ wrote:
Here is the website
http://www.solenttra





velcard.com/index.ht





ml
£7.50 for a day
Thanks. Is that cheaper than a day ticket on a single operator? I honestly don't know. If it isn't, it's still not ideal for the affected commuter. I want to say "something like an Oyster card" but of course, that's all aimed at TFL, one company. Maybe it IS wrong we have so many operators in this city then.
Actually, several different companies serve London but they ALL have to display the TFL logo and their buses have to be painted red.
Oh really? Never knew that. Cheers.
First, Arriva and Abellio are the ones I know of.
Correct. When I visit the old country I find the Oyster card is invaluable for underground and buses in London and cheaper then buying daily. Don't know why cities with numerous bus companies can't do the same. There are lots of London bus companies as you so rightly say, to pick a few more off the top of my head - Sovereign, Metroline, United, General, Transdev. There are others but can't remember them all.
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TurquoiseJ[/bold] wrote: Here is the website http://www.solenttra velcard.com/index.ht ml £7.50 for a day[/p][/quote]Thanks. Is that cheaper than a day ticket on a single operator? I honestly don't know. If it isn't, it's still not ideal for the affected commuter. I want to say "something like an Oyster card" but of course, that's all aimed at TFL, one company. Maybe it IS wrong we have so many operators in this city then.[/p][/quote]Actually, several different companies serve London but they ALL have to display the TFL logo and their buses have to be painted red.[/p][/quote]Oh really? Never knew that. Cheers.[/p][/quote]First, Arriva and Abellio are the ones I know of.[/p][/quote]Correct. When I visit the old country I find the Oyster card is invaluable for underground and buses in London and cheaper then buying daily. Don't know why cities with numerous bus companies can't do the same. There are lots of London bus companies as you so rightly say, to pick a few more off the top of my head - Sovereign, Metroline, United, General, Transdev. There are others but can't remember them all. B. L.
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Ginger_cyclist says...

B. L. wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
gilbertratchet wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
gilbertratchet wrote:
TurquoiseJ wrote:
Here is the website
http://www.solenttra






velcard.com/index.ht






ml
£7.50 for a day
Thanks. Is that cheaper than a day ticket on a single operator? I honestly don't know. If it isn't, it's still not ideal for the affected commuter. I want to say "something like an Oyster card" but of course, that's all aimed at TFL, one company. Maybe it IS wrong we have so many operators in this city then.
Actually, several different companies serve London but they ALL have to display the TFL logo and their buses have to be painted red.
Oh really? Never knew that. Cheers.
First, Arriva and Abellio are the ones I know of.
Correct. When I visit the old country I find the Oyster card is invaluable for underground and buses in London and cheaper then buying daily. Don't know why cities with numerous bus companies can't do the same. There are lots of London bus companies as you so rightly say, to pick a few more off the top of my head - Sovereign, Metroline, United, General, Transdev. There are others but can't remember them all.
Indeed, don't the buses in London also have a fixed fare across the board for any distance in the capital's central areas?
[quote][p][bold]B. L.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TurquoiseJ[/bold] wrote: Here is the website http://www.solenttra velcard.com/index.ht ml £7.50 for a day[/p][/quote]Thanks. Is that cheaper than a day ticket on a single operator? I honestly don't know. If it isn't, it's still not ideal for the affected commuter. I want to say "something like an Oyster card" but of course, that's all aimed at TFL, one company. Maybe it IS wrong we have so many operators in this city then.[/p][/quote]Actually, several different companies serve London but they ALL have to display the TFL logo and their buses have to be painted red.[/p][/quote]Oh really? Never knew that. Cheers.[/p][/quote]First, Arriva and Abellio are the ones I know of.[/p][/quote]Correct. When I visit the old country I find the Oyster card is invaluable for underground and buses in London and cheaper then buying daily. Don't know why cities with numerous bus companies can't do the same. There are lots of London bus companies as you so rightly say, to pick a few more off the top of my head - Sovereign, Metroline, United, General, Transdev. There are others but can't remember them all.[/p][/quote]Indeed, don't the buses in London also have a fixed fare across the board for any distance in the capital's central areas? Ginger_cyclist
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