Xelabus

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XelaBus.svg
XELABUS Eastleigh - Flickr - secret coach park.jpg
Sloganthe bus company with traditional values!
ParentPhilip Blair
Founded2010
HeadquartersChandlers Ford
Service areaSouthampton
Eastleigh
Hampshire
Service typeBus services
Routes30 (July 2014)
Websitewww.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Some services have been more successful than others, with one service to Southampton competing with Bluestar being withdrawn in less than 12 months.

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] In August 2015, Xelabus acquired the route and school services of Brijan Tours.[7]

Services[edit]

As at July 2014, Xelabus operated 30 routes.[8]

Fleet[edit]

Xelabus initially operated a fleet of seven vehicles.[3] Three were destroyed in a depot fire in March 2011.[9]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Xelabus at Wikimedia Commons