COVID-19 updates

This page contains updates to public transport provision, parking and other travel information for Southampton, Portsmouth and Hampshire as a result of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

As the national lockdown eases we will post updates to the local services here as well as links to the current timetables for each operator.

Concessionary bus passes can be used at any time

From Monday 25 January, concessionary passes can be used at any time on Southampton’s buses. This is to support older and vulnerable bus pass holders making essential journeys, such as travelling to receive a COVID vaccination when one is offered to them and to access essential shops and services at quieter times. Here is some advice on how to protect yourself and others on public transport.

Note: Some bus timetables are currently reduced so please check before you travel: Bus operators and timetables.

National Express

From Saturday 29 May 2021, National Express services in England will return to pre-Covid, standard passenger capacity. Further details are available about the safety measures in place.

You can get the latest updates at Latest Service Updates | National Express.


Southwestern Railways

From 16 May 2021, Southwestern Railway are increasing services in line with the easing of the national lockdown.

In order to maximise space for social distancing, they are asking customers to plan ahead, spread down throughout trains to make use of all available space and consider travelling outside of peak times.

Amended timetables are available on their website at