Xelabus

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XelaBus.svg
Xelabus 502 F635 LMJ.JPG
Alexander RL bodied Leyland Olympian
in June 2011
Slogan the bus company with traditional values!
Parent Gareth Blair
Founded 2010
Headquarters Chandlers Ford
Service area Southampton
Eastleigh
Hampshire
Service type Bus services
Routes 30 (July 2014)
Website www.xelabus.info

Xelabus Limited[1] is a small independent bus operator, based in Eastleigh, Hampshire. It operates within the Southampton and Eastleigh area, running many supermarket routes.

History[edit]

Alexander bodied open-top Leyland Atlantean in Portsmouth in June 2012

Xelabus was founded in November 2010 by bus enthusiast Gareth Blair, son of well-known bus enthusiast Philip Blair. It originally operated seven bus routes which were mainly supermarket routes for Asda and Tesco. Since then nine more routes have commenced including an Open Top Tour "Sea the city" and some more supermarket services.[2] Vehicles are painted in a green livery similar to that of the former Hants & Dorset company. A free service in Eastleigh was the first route to be introduced.[3]

Some services have been more successful than others, with one service to Southampton competing with Bluestar being withdrawn in less than 12 months. One service currently operating with the company is notably unusual in that although it provides a free shopping service to an Asda store, it additionally carries fare paying passengers between other points on its journey; the customer simply stating to the driver that they are travelling to the supermarket in order to get free travel.

In September 2012 Xelabus began a two-year contract to operate services to Totton College.[4]

On 12 May 2014, Xelabus took over route 67 Winchester to Petersfield via West Meon from Velvet under contract to Hampshire County Council.[5] On 22 June 2014, it took over the Barton Peveril College routes from Velvet.[6]

Services[edit]

As at July 2014, Xelabus operated 30 routes.[7]

Fleet[edit]

Xelabus initially operated a fleet of seven vehicles.[3] Three were destroyed in a depot fire in March 2011.[8]

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External links[edit]

Media related to Xelabus at Wikimedia Commons