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2022 News

Sunday 25th December

A very Merry Christmas from us all here at S&DTHT.

We have news......

The Southampton & District Transport Heritage Trust will mark the end of 144 years of transport history on Sunday 19th February 2023 with 'Farewell to Southampton’s Red Buses'. This will also see the return of heritage buses in operation on the streets of Southampton for the first time since September 2019.

The announcement by First Bus the successor of the original operator to close the Southampton depot on Saturday 18th February will bring an end to a chapter of history that started in 1879, when public transport started in Southampton, red vehicles have plied the streets of the City for many years which saw huge changes in the City.

We are grateful for the agreement of First Bus, Bluestar and Southampton City Council for allowing us to mark this occasion.

The event will run from 11:00hrs until 16:00hrs with free to ride heritage buses over three routes: City Centre to Shirley and return, City Centre to Portswood and return and City Centre to Woolston and return. All services will start and finish at Pound Tree Road in the City Centre, unfortunately on this occasion there will be NO boarding the heritage buses apart from the start of the routes.

A souvenir programme giving details will also be available to purchase on the day.

More updates will be posted in due course.

Friday 2nd December

You may have noticed that our news page on our official website has not updated as frequently as it used to be. This is due mainly to the fact that we find it easier to update our social media outlets on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This requires less volunteer time and we can update these platforms whilst at events as well. So, please do follow us on the above and keep up to date to what we are up to.



After the success of our 2021 & 2022 calendar, we are releasing another one for 2023. This is available to purchase by emailing us.

They are available for £10 each including P&P or if you wish to join us as a member this will be offered at £30 including P&P and a year's membership of the Trust.



No doubt you will have heard of the sad demise of First Bus in Southampton. Since 1879, when public transport started in Southampton, red vehicles have plied the streets of the City. The successor of the original operator has announced that it will cease operations on Saturday 18th February 2023. We hope mark this development next year in some form. Full details will be made known much nearer the time.


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