Friday, 2 November 2012

Summary of changes this weekend

Here's a summary of all changes taking place this weekend:

Bluestar 3 has a new route from Sunday and of course a new timetable. It now extends beyond Botley to Boorley Green, giving the village its first direct link to Southampton for years.
This stop will also see its first Sunday service for several years. Boorley Green is currently served by Velvet A, which will retreat back to Hedge End from 2nd December. The other big change to the 3 is that between the city centre and Bitterne it will now run via Peartree and Woolston (providing competition for First 2A) rather than Northam.
One sight that will greet passengers on the new route is a tree-obscured Peartree Church, which claims on its website to be the oldest Anglican church in the world.

Bluestar 8 is extended from Sunday to run all the way down to Calshot. It also runs on a Sunday for the first time since October 2011, thanks mainly to the new threat from First 11. New timetable here.
It will also run every half hour Mon-Sat daytimes between town and Hythe. This is widely expected to only last as long as First keep running the 11 however. The new section between Hythe and Calshot is a direct replacement for the less frequent route H3, which is withdrawn.

Bluestar 9 has only a minor change. With the 8 now running to Fawley and Calshot, all 9s will terminate at Langley. New timetable here.
This will be the new terminus - Kings Ride, one stop short of the current terminus at Langley Farm.

Bluestar 6 has a new timetable from Sunday. The short journeys between town and Rushington are cut, which means that the headline Mon-Sat daytime frequency is down to once an hour across the whole route.

Bluestar 10 is withdrawn and rolled into route 11, which will run between town and West Totton only. It will however combine with a retimed 12 to give a bus every 10 mins between town and Totton Mon-Sat daytimes. timetable here. The 11 is rerouted to serve Morrisions...
and then Goodies...
before heading back to Totton College and on to town every 20 minutes Mon-Sat daytimes. Only the 1710 11 from town will still run through to Cadnam (according to Traveline). For the rest of the day, Cadnam is served by new routes T3 and T4 which will start and finish in Totton. Timetable here.

On Monday, Xelabus X8 gets going again, providing a link between Eastleigh, Colden Common, Fair Oak and Horton Heath, a partial duplication of Brijan 8.

Bluestar H1 and H2 transfer to First on Monday with a new timetable and extra section of route, replacing the withdrawn bit of Bluestar 8 between Applemore and Hythe via Claypits Lane and Southampton Road. Timetable here
The loops in Netley View and central Hythe will be run clockwise by both routes.

Salisbury Reds 36 between Romsey and Lockerley will transfer to Stagecoach and some journeys will be extended to Winchester. Timetable here.

From Monday there are also new timetables with only minor changes on Bluestar 1, T1/T2 and Brijan 7.

All the above images are from Google Maps, except for the X8 route map, which is from Xelabus's website and the H1/H2 map, which is from Traveline South East.


  1. The author of this piece has made a mistake in one of his pictures. The new terminus at Kings Ride on Bluestars 9 service is actually round the corner to the left of the picture. The pictured stop is now completely redundant! There are 3 stops on Kings Ride.....

  2. I stand corrected! Thanks for pointing out my mistake. The stops on Kings Ride are so new that they're not even on Street View yet.

    1. I think they only update streetview every couple of years, but dont worry too much, as even the passengers who live round there dont seem to have found them yet either! At least the much rumoured "blockade" didnt happen!