Garden centre in bus deal

An independent Hampshire bus company is to launch a new service that will stop at a garden cenrte.

Gareth Blair and Matt Hill
Gareth Blair and Matt Hill
Eastleigh based Xelabus will operate the new X4 service with a frequency of every 30 minutes on weekdays and an hourly service on Saturdays.  The X4 will connect the existing X7 route Chandlers Ford and Velmore.


Operations director Gareth Blair said: "We can now offer convenient, greener travel to Haskins and Hobbycraft that will benefit shoppers and the community. We are delighted that Haskins have supported the new X4 route by allowing us to use what is one of the few bus stops within a garden centre in the county. "


Haskins general manager Matt Hill said: "To encourage bus travel we will be offering free teas and coffees to all Xelabus passengers with vouchers issued by bus drivers in the first few weeks of the new service. Until now only a small minority of visitors to the centre travel on public transport.  You could say that this is a blooming good new bus service for those who want be greener in their travel arrangements."

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