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Planning Your Journey
What is txt4times?
a great way of checking the times of the next three buses that
will stop at any bus stop in Hampshire.
If you’re waiting at a bus stop and are
wondering what time the next bus is due you can simply write the
stop code as a text message and send it to 84268. The service costs
the same as a normal text message.
You will receive back a text message that
tells you the times of the next three buses that will stop at the
stop you’re waiting at.
If the stop you’re waiting at is served by
several bus services, then you can add the service number you would
like times for. As before, write the stop code into a text message
and then leave a space and add the service number. You will then
receive a message back telling you the times of the next three
buses of that service.
Nearly all bus stops in Hampshire now show
their unique stop code, but if it doesn’t then you can find the
code for your local bus stop on the Traveline website.
To do this visit www.travelinesw.com, click on the
‘SMS service’ link and enter your address or postcode. You may need
to zoom in to find the specific bus stop you require. Once you have
found the right bus stop, hover the mouse over the bus stop symbol
and the code will show, for example, Eastleigh Bus Station’s code
The Transport Direct website also provides
this information. Visit their website www.transportdirect.info,
click on ‘find a place’, enter your address or post code and then
‘map of the area’. This shows a local map. Zoom in to see the bus
stop symbol for the direction you’re travelling and hover the mouse
over the stop for the code.
If you start to use the txt4times service
regularly and your local stop does not show its code, you may find
it useful to make a note of the codes for stops you use regularly
and then you can check the bus times before you set off on your
There are also other websites you can visit
for bus times and smart phone apps you can download, such as MyBus
(app) or www.nextbuses.info. Enter your
location and a map is displayed showing the local stops. Click on
the relevant stop to find out times of the buses serving that stop
(destination information is also supplied).
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