- Bluestar (bus company)
Infobox Bus transit
name = Bluestar
logo_size = 250
company_slogan = "A brighter way to go"
founded = 1987
service_type = Mainly urban bus services
Eastleigh, Southampton, and Hythe
ceo = Alex Hornby
website = [http://www.bluestarbus.co.uk/ www.bluestarbus.co.uk]
Bluestar is a bus company operating in central
Hampshire, England. It is based in Eastleighand was started by Southern Vectisas Solent Blue Linein 1987. It is now owned by Go-Ahead Group, and part of the Go South Coastdivision.
The name Bluestar was originally the brand for the premier
Solent Blue Lineservices, but with the withdrawal of the Red Rocket services on 25 February 2008, all services now operate under the name. Some local routes run under the Baby Bluestar name. The New Forest Tourand the Solent Shuttle run under their own sub-brands.
Bluestar services run under a number of sub-brands. To complete the change of all
Solent Blue Lineroutes running under the Bluestar name, a number of brands were discontinued. These can be seen on the Solent Blue Line page.
Bluestar was originally the brand for
Solent Blue Line's premier services. With the rebranding, it was extended to most of the main services.
All of the routes serve Southampton, with only the 18 running through it; all other services terminate there. Current routes are service 1 to
Chandler's Fordand Winchester; 2 to Eastleighand Fair Oak; 3 to Hedge Endand Botley; 4 to North Baddesleyand Romsey; 8 to Totton, Marchwood, Applemoreand Hyther; 9 to Applemore, Dibden Purlieu, Hythe and Blackfield, Fawley or Langley; 10 to Totton, West Totton, Woodlands and Cadnam; 11 to Totton, West Totton, Tatchbury and Cadnam; 12 to Totton and Calmore; 15 to Bitterne, Thornhill and Weston and 18 from Thornhill and Bitternethrough Southampton and on to Shirley and Millbrook.
Baby Bluestar is the name given to the more local routes run, and those that weren't withdrawn after the demise of Red Rocket.
Current routes are the C1 and C2 from
Eastleighto Chandler's Fordon a less direct route serving various housing areas; E1, E2 and E3 from Eastleigh to Winchestervia different routes; F from Eastleigh to Fair Oak, Bishop's Walthamand Waltham Chase; H1 and H2 Hythe circular services; H3 Hythe to Calshotand T1 and T2 local Tottonservices.
This is an express bus link between
Portsmouthand Southampton. This service was originally run by Southampton City Bus and later First in Hampshire and Dorsetas services 727 and 747. It has had a number of other operators since, prior to the Solent Blue Line attempt it was branded as the Solent Clipper and run by Tellings-Golden Miller, they retained part of the original Southampton City Bus route numbers with the services becoming X27 and X47. The Bluestar service was due to terminate on 2 June 2007 due to financial funding from the local councils being taken away, but it is now being continued due to popular demand, with a revised timetable from 2 July 2007.
The New Forest Tour
This circular open-top bus service was started in 2004, using distinctively branded yellow and orange
Bristol VRs (in the same livery as the old Southern Vectisopen-top services.) The service was reversed in 2005, to run in the opposite direction. For the 2006 season, two low-floor Volvo B7TL/ East Lancs Myllenniums from Wilts & Dorsetwere used, retaining the Wilts & Dorset livery but with "New Forest Tour" vinyls added. In 2007 the buses passed to Solent Blue Lineand were repainted in a new green and orange livery, with ponies on the side. Again, this is similar to the Southern Vectislivery which that company uses on their open-top buses.
These are late night services running on Friday and Saturday nights aimed at people who have a night out in Southampton. All services begin at Leisure World and additionally call in the area of number of city centre bars and clubs. Nightstar services operate outbound from Southampton only and charge a flat fare of £3 except N18 and N19 which is £2. [ [http://www.solentblueline.com/news/news013.html Nightstar Information] ] . For these services, Solent Blue Line use the same buses as used in the daytime.
After serving Leisure World and the city centre, service N1 continues to
Chandler's Fordand Winchester; N2 to Eastleighand Fair Oak; N9 to Applemore, Blackfield and Fawley; N18 to Bitterneand Thornhill and N19 to Shirley, Millbrook, Lord's Hill and Aldermoor.
Beep Bus is a new brand name for the Bluestar service B between Eastleigh and Southampton via
Boyatt Wood- Velmore which began on 8 September 2008. The service operates in direct competition with Velvet service B. Beep Bus is timed to operate 3 minutes ahead of all Velvet B services. Initially the service was registered with VOSA as a Wilts & Dorsetroute to begin on 15 September 2008 but this was later cancelled and replaced with an identical Solent Blue Line registration [ [http://omnibuses.blogspot.com/2008/09/market-forces-or-market-farces.html Omnibuses2.0 - Market Forces or Market Farces?] ] . Because the service is not officially scheduled to begin until 15 September Beep Bus is unable to take fares for the service, therefore it is currently operating as a free service.
Bluestar utilise a mix of single and double deck buses.
The double deck fleet is made up of seven
East Lancs Lolynebodied Dennis Tridents built in 1998, seven East Lancs Myllennium Vykingbodied Volvo B7TLs built in 2001 and a Enviro400-bodied Volvo B7TL which joined the fleet in October 2006 and entered service in November of that year. This vehicle, given the fleet number 758, was originally intended for Wilts & Dorsetand is fitted out with their interior design. 758 is the only Enviro400-bodied Volvo B7TL as the B7TL has been replaced with the Volvo B9TL. The company also has a number of Leyland Olympians and Volvo Olympians with East Lancs or Northern Counties Palatine 1 bodywork. The New Forest Tourutilises two East Lancs Myllennium Vykings from Wilts & Dorset.
Single deck buses include DAF SB120/
Wright Cadets which are primarily used on Bluestar routes 18 and 19, Dennis Dart MPDs for use on Baby Bluestar services, Volvo B10Bs transferred from the Oxford Bus Company. A small number of Optare Solos transferred from Wilts & Dorsetand ten new Mercedes-Benz Citaros arrived in 2006.
In late 2008 seven brand new
Scania OmniCitydouble deckers will enter service with the company. They will be primarily used on the Bluestar 1 route.
In March 2007 whilst being used as a rail-replacement bus a double-decker member of the Red Rocket fleet drove under a low bridge at
Barnhamcausing the top to be ripped off, in addition to minor damage to the bridge [ [http://archive.theargus.co.uk/2007/3/18/229952.html Bus Roof Ripped Off in Crash - The Argus. Sunday 18 March 2007] ] [ [http://homepage.ntlworld.com/halfajob/blog/ruthless.jpgOpps Moment - Driving a bus? blog] ] . It is now with Southern Vectisas an open-topper.
List of bus operators of the United Kingdom
* [http://www.bluestarbus.co.uk/ Company website]
* [http://www.solentshuttle.info/ Website for Solent Shuttle (X27) service]
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