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Photos and anecdotes from our Editor in Chief

Lee Wilkins

Lee Wilkins has been a regular bus user since 1988. He has been reviewing the bus scene in southern England since 1996. Besides being a keen photographer, he is also Editor in Chief of Bus World. Here he shares some photos and anecdotes from his many travels by bus.

BUS STATIONS

Winchester Bus Station
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Winchester Bus Station
Winchester, Hampshire

04 Sep 2017

Winchester Bus Station on the day it reopened following eight weeks of ‘improvement’ works; not sure it was worth the wait.

Portsea Bus Station
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Portsea Bus Station
Portsmouth, Hampshire

05 Jul 2017

This station is home to First Solent. In the photo are two First buses, a Southdown bus, and a Stagecoach in Portsmouth double-decker.

Fareham Bus Station
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Fareham Bus Station
Fareham, Hampshire

05 Jul 2017

First Solent, based at Fareham Bus Station, is part of First Hampshire. The photo shows four of their buses, one of which is in Eclipse livery.

Horsham Bus Station
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Horsham Bus Station
Horsham, West Sussex

21 Jun 2017

Horsham is a town well worth visiting. I arrived from Guildford on Abellio Kent & Surrey’s route 63 service. A very nice bus journey it is, too.

Andover Bus Station
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Andover Bus Station
Andover, Hampshire

16 Aug 2016

This bus station in Andover opened on Wednesday 10th September 2014. Major bus routes from here include Newbury, Basingstoke, and Salisbury.

Cromwell Road Bus Station
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Cromwell Road Bus Station
Kingston upon Thames, Greater London

19 Jul 2016

Kingston upon Thames is where you will find Cromwell Road Bus Station. I travelled here on Abellio Surrey’s route 515 service from Guildford.

Friary Bus Station
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Friary Bus Station
Guildford, Surrey

10 Sep 2015

Friary Bus Station has two covered sections. This one is adjacent to the main part (see Slide 8), which is attached to the shopping centre.

Friary Bus Station
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Friary Bus Station
Guildford, Surrey

10 Sep 2015

This bus station in Guildford is home to Arriva Kent & Surrey. It takes its name from The Friary shopping centre attached to it.

Winchester Bus Station
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Winchester Bus Station
Winchester, Hampshire

13 May 2015

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve travelled to this bus station. At 7.40 p.m. on a Wednesday it was empty of both buses and people.

Basingstoke Bus Station
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Basingstoke Bus Station
Basingstoke, Hampshire

13 May 2015

What a busy place Basingstoke Bus Station is. When I first visited it in 1997 it looked very dirty; it’s far smarter — and nicer — now.

Newbury Bus Station
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Newbury Bus Station
Newbury, Berkshire

13 May 2015

This pleasant bus station is home to Newbury & District buses. I took the route 86 Stagecoach in Hampshire service from Basingstoke to get here.

Crawley Bus Station
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Crawley Bus Station
Crawley, West Sussex

09 Apr 2015

This bus station marked the fourth stage of my trip from Romsey to Tunbridge Wells; it’s a journey that takes you through five counties.

Lymington Bus Station
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Lymington Bus Station
Lymington, Hampshire

03 Sep 2014

Lymington Bus Station was still open on the High Street at the time of this photo. Home to operator More, it closed on Saturday 23rd May 2015.

Romsey Bus Station
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Romsey Bus Station
Romsey, Hampshire

16 May 2012

Romsey Bus Station was once home to Wilts & Dorset buses; the two most frequent operators now are Bluestar and Stagecoach in Hampshire.

Royal Well Bus Station
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Royal Well Bus Station
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

22 Mar 2012

Romsey to Cheltenham and back by bus pushed the limit of how far you could travel on a single ticket in one day; sadly, it’s a journey no longer possible.

Gosport Bus Station
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Gosport Bus Station
Gosport, Hampshire

06 Mar 2011

First Solent is the bus operator in Gosport. The two main destinations it serves from the bus station are Southampton and Fareham.

‘DID YOU KNOW … ?’

Discovery

Discovery
Stagecoach South

The very first Discovery ticket issued in Southampton, Hampshire. I had the honour of purchasing this ticket — on the day of its introduction — on Monday 19th May 2014.

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