Bluestar's night bus services set to finish this weekend

Bluestar is scrapping most of its night services after this weekend

Bluestar is scrapping most of its night services after this weekend

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Winchester Chief Reporter

HAMPSHIRE bus company Bluestar is scrapping most its night services after this weekend.

Only one will be retained, the Uni-Link route U1N which will now extend its route to Eastleigh Bus Station rather than end at Parkway Station.

The U1N service will be hourly from 1am, 2am and 3am starting from Leisure World in Southampton, then picking up from West Quay, Civic Centre and London Road.

Services through the night will be scrapped to Winchester, Chandler's Ford, Eastleigh, Hythe and Langley, Thornhill, Lordshill and Calmore.

Nikki Honer, Eastleigh-based Bluestar's marketing manager, said that routes Bluestar 1, 2, 8, 9 and 18 will have timings enhanced, mainly to help enable buses to run on time due to changes in traffic congestion.

She added: “By monitoring suggestions from our customers, from recent on bus surveys and bus surgeries we are continuing to see passenger growth on many of our services so it's essential we react to the situation on the areas roads and allow more time for our buses to complete their journeys so we can keep to the published timetables,.

“Regrettably our Nightstar services, launched in 2004, have not experienced the passenger numbers required to sustain the services, and, will stop running after February 23, however we have managed to include some additional later journeys on our normal Friday and Saturday timetables so that customers can still enjoy a night on the town.”

It has been confirmed that no jobs will be lost from the workforce of 294 drivers, engineering and administration personnel due to the night service cuts.

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2:56pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Forest Resident says...

The waterside passenger rail service was wrongly shelved due in part to a fear of impact on bus services, only weeks later we see the withdrawal of some bus services now leaving villages such as Marchwood with out any public transport after 1945hrs. Sadly it is evident Hampshire County Council are failing to provide adequate public transport provision for anyone not within a city conurbation and who may not work a Monday to Friday, nine til five job.
The waterside passenger rail service was wrongly shelved due in part to a fear of impact on bus services, only weeks later we see the withdrawal of some bus services now leaving villages such as Marchwood with out any public transport after 1945hrs. Sadly it is evident Hampshire County Council are failing to provide adequate public transport provision for anyone not within a city conurbation and who may not work a Monday to Friday, nine til five job. Forest Resident
  • Score: 29

3:09pm Sat 22 Feb 14

KSO16R says...

Forest Resident wrote:
The waterside passenger rail service was wrongly shelved due in part to a fear of impact on bus services, only weeks later we see the withdrawal of some bus services now leaving villages such as Marchwood with out any public transport after 1945hrs. Sadly it is evident Hampshire County Council are failing to provide adequate public transport provision for anyone not within a city conurbation and who may not work a Monday to Friday, nine til five job.
To a certain extent we choose where we live. Is it right that tax payers subsidise these choices? Maybe local business pubs etc will benefit.
[quote][p][bold]Forest Resident[/bold] wrote: The waterside passenger rail service was wrongly shelved due in part to a fear of impact on bus services, only weeks later we see the withdrawal of some bus services now leaving villages such as Marchwood with out any public transport after 1945hrs. Sadly it is evident Hampshire County Council are failing to provide adequate public transport provision for anyone not within a city conurbation and who may not work a Monday to Friday, nine til five job.[/p][/quote]To a certain extent we choose where we live. Is it right that tax payers subsidise these choices? Maybe local business pubs etc will benefit. KSO16R
  • Score: -26

3:18pm Sat 22 Feb 14

geoff51 says...

Forest Resident wrote:
The waterside passenger rail service was wrongly shelved due in part to a fear of impact on bus services, only weeks later we see the withdrawal of some bus services now leaving villages such as Marchwood with out any public transport after 1945hrs. Sadly it is evident Hampshire County Council are failing to provide adequate public transport provision for anyone not within a city conurbation and who may not work a Monday to Friday, nine til five job.
on your bike!
[quote][p][bold]Forest Resident[/bold] wrote: The waterside passenger rail service was wrongly shelved due in part to a fear of impact on bus services, only weeks later we see the withdrawal of some bus services now leaving villages such as Marchwood with out any public transport after 1945hrs. Sadly it is evident Hampshire County Council are failing to provide adequate public transport provision for anyone not within a city conurbation and who may not work a Monday to Friday, nine til five job.[/p][/quote]on your bike! geoff51
  • Score: -23

3:32pm Sat 22 Feb 14

eurogordi says...

When I read news like this I long to be in Sweden with its 22 hour a day efficient and cheap public transport system which is backed by big investment from companies like Eriksson, Volvo etc. Perhaps that is the way to go in this country too!
When I read news like this I long to be in Sweden with its 22 hour a day efficient and cheap public transport system which is backed by big investment from companies like Eriksson, Volvo etc. Perhaps that is the way to go in this country too! eurogordi
  • Score: 17

3:33pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Forest Resident says...

geoff51 wrote:
Forest Resident wrote: The waterside passenger rail service was wrongly shelved due in part to a fear of impact on bus services, only weeks later we see the withdrawal of some bus services now leaving villages such as Marchwood with out any public transport after 1945hrs. Sadly it is evident Hampshire County Council are failing to provide adequate public transport provision for anyone not within a city conurbation and who may not work a Monday to Friday, nine til five job.
on your bike!
You need a new hobby Geoff, you're not even any good at trolling people comments
[quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Forest Resident[/bold] wrote: The waterside passenger rail service was wrongly shelved due in part to a fear of impact on bus services, only weeks later we see the withdrawal of some bus services now leaving villages such as Marchwood with out any public transport after 1945hrs. Sadly it is evident Hampshire County Council are failing to provide adequate public transport provision for anyone not within a city conurbation and who may not work a Monday to Friday, nine til five job.[/p][/quote]on your bike![/p][/quote]You need a new hobby Geoff, you're not even any good at trolling people comments Forest Resident
  • Score: 11

4:05pm Sat 22 Feb 14

KSO16R says...

geoff51 wrote:
Forest Resident wrote:
geoff51 wrote:
Forest Resident wrote: The waterside passenger rail service was wrongly shelved due in part to a fear of impact on bus services, only weeks later we see the withdrawal of some bus services now leaving villages such as Marchwood with out any public transport after 1945hrs. Sadly it is evident Hampshire County Council are failing to provide adequate public transport provision for anyone not within a city conurbation and who may not work a Monday to Friday, nine til five job.
on your bike!
You need a new hobby Geoff, you're not even any good at trolling people comments
Actually I thought it was hilarious, your comment from someone who abhors motorised transport to promote its use.
Ha Ha loser get a life!
It was funny though : )
[quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Forest Resident[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Forest Resident[/bold] wrote: The waterside passenger rail service was wrongly shelved due in part to a fear of impact on bus services, only weeks later we see the withdrawal of some bus services now leaving villages such as Marchwood with out any public transport after 1945hrs. Sadly it is evident Hampshire County Council are failing to provide adequate public transport provision for anyone not within a city conurbation and who may not work a Monday to Friday, nine til five job.[/p][/quote]on your bike![/p][/quote]You need a new hobby Geoff, you're not even any good at trolling people comments[/p][/quote]Actually I thought it was hilarious, your comment from someone who abhors motorised transport to promote its use. Ha Ha loser get a life![/p][/quote]It was funny though : ) KSO16R
  • Score: -4

5:29pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Torchie1 says...

Forest Resident wrote:
geoff51 wrote:
Forest Resident wrote: The waterside passenger rail service was wrongly shelved due in part to a fear of impact on bus services, only weeks later we see the withdrawal of some bus services now leaving villages such as Marchwood with out any public transport after 1945hrs. Sadly it is evident Hampshire County Council are failing to provide adequate public transport provision for anyone not within a city conurbation and who may not work a Monday to Friday, nine til five job.
on your bike!
You need a new hobby Geoff, you're not even any good at trolling people comments
He managed to get you to respond.
[quote][p][bold]Forest Resident[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Forest Resident[/bold] wrote: The waterside passenger rail service was wrongly shelved due in part to a fear of impact on bus services, only weeks later we see the withdrawal of some bus services now leaving villages such as Marchwood with out any public transport after 1945hrs. Sadly it is evident Hampshire County Council are failing to provide adequate public transport provision for anyone not within a city conurbation and who may not work a Monday to Friday, nine til five job.[/p][/quote]on your bike![/p][/quote]You need a new hobby Geoff, you're not even any good at trolling people comments[/p][/quote]He managed to get you to respond. Torchie1
  • Score: -3

7:32pm Sat 22 Feb 14

bigal007 says...

Not many people. Go in to town anymore as it is unsafe
Not many people. Go in to town anymore as it is unsafe bigal007
  • Score: 0

8:12pm Sat 22 Feb 14

bobbyboy says...

the point missing in this report is that these cuts are inresponce to this Labour Councils CUT in bus subsidy once again the residents suffer and could mean night workers nurses/firefighters/
police etc will have to walk home alone or in future create another car parking problem in hospital areas and the like as they need transport to report to work. The only people catered for if you note are University Students and me as i live on there route.
the point missing in this report is that these cuts are inresponce to this Labour Councils CUT in bus subsidy once again the residents suffer and could mean night workers nurses/firefighters/ police etc will have to walk home alone or in future create another car parking problem in hospital areas and the like as they need transport to report to work. The only people catered for if you note are University Students and me as i live on there route. bobbyboy
  • Score: 2

10:07pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Inform Al says...

bigal007 wrote:
Not many people. Go in to town anymore as it is unsafe
We in my part of Swaythling can't go into town for a drink as the last bus back leaves the city centre at about 7.30. We can of course go all round the town and get a student bus back, but it's quicker to walk.
[quote][p][bold]bigal007[/bold] wrote: Not many people. Go in to town anymore as it is unsafe[/p][/quote]We in my part of Swaythling can't go into town for a drink as the last bus back leaves the city centre at about 7.30. We can of course go all round the town and get a student bus back, but it's quicker to walk. Inform Al
  • Score: 2

3:13am Sun 23 Feb 14

huckit P says...

bobbyboy wrote:
the point missing in this report is that these cuts are inresponce to this Labour Councils CUT in bus subsidy once again the residents suffer and could mean night workers nurses/firefighters/

police etc will have to walk home alone or in future create another car parking problem in hospital areas and the like as they need transport to report to work. The only people catered for if you note are University Students and me as i live on there route.
If you check the times that firefighters change shifts you will note that the proposed changes to bus timings will not affect them, so cross them off your list. (And the majority can afford cars because of their good salary, as well as second and third jobs.
[quote][p][bold]bobbyboy[/bold] wrote: the point missing in this report is that these cuts are inresponce to this Labour Councils CUT in bus subsidy once again the residents suffer and could mean night workers nurses/firefighters/ police etc will have to walk home alone or in future create another car parking problem in hospital areas and the like as they need transport to report to work. The only people catered for if you note are University Students and me as i live on there route.[/p][/quote]If you check the times that firefighters change shifts you will note that the proposed changes to bus timings will not affect them, so cross them off your list. (And the majority can afford cars because of their good salary, as well as second and third jobs. huckit P
  • Score: 2

10:57am Sun 23 Feb 14

neilchi says...

bobbyboy wrote:
the point missing in this report is that these cuts are inresponce to this Labour Councils CUT in bus subsidy once again the residents suffer and could mean night workers nurses/firefighters/

police etc will have to walk home alone or in future create another car parking problem in hospital areas and the like as they need transport to report to work. The only people catered for if you note are University Students and me as i live on there route.
Your right that it is a LABOUR policy to cut the subsidy forced on to them by a TORY/LIB DEM policy from central government. There is only so much in the pot and this has to be spread far and wide across a multitude. What would you rather have - more subsidy for buses or no street lights, even less public toilets and libraries. No help for people with children who are chronically disabled?

The National Bus Pass for the OAP introduced by the Labour Government as a massive carrot to get votes for Gordon Brown has been carried on by The Tory/Lib Dem government but with a slash in the cost that the bus operators get. The more it's used the more money has to come out of council funds.

Count yourself you're not living in the likes of Cornwall where the subsidy given by it's council has seen massive swaths of daytime/evening/Sund
ay cuts as well.

I think this is a step backwards of Southampton and hopefully the likes of Velvet will come along and tap this market. Smaller companies are not held to ransom by the Unions for pay like Bluestar/First
[quote][p][bold]bobbyboy[/bold] wrote: the point missing in this report is that these cuts are inresponce to this Labour Councils CUT in bus subsidy once again the residents suffer and could mean night workers nurses/firefighters/ police etc will have to walk home alone or in future create another car parking problem in hospital areas and the like as they need transport to report to work. The only people catered for if you note are University Students and me as i live on there route.[/p][/quote]Your right that it is a LABOUR policy to cut the subsidy forced on to them by a TORY/LIB DEM policy from central government. There is only so much in the pot and this has to be spread far and wide across a multitude. What would you rather have - more subsidy for buses or no street lights, even less public toilets and libraries. No help for people with children who are chronically disabled? The National Bus Pass for the OAP introduced by the Labour Government as a massive carrot to get votes for Gordon Brown has been carried on by The Tory/Lib Dem government but with a slash in the cost that the bus operators get. The more it's used the more money has to come out of council funds. Count yourself you're not living in the likes of Cornwall where the subsidy given by it's council has seen massive swaths of daytime/evening/Sund ay cuts as well. I think this is a step backwards of Southampton and hopefully the likes of Velvet will come along and tap this market. Smaller companies are not held to ransom by the Unions for pay like Bluestar/First neilchi
  • Score: 1

12:36am Mon 24 Feb 14

Dave Of The South says...

neilchi wrote:
bobbyboy wrote:
the point missing in this report is that these cuts are inresponce to this Labour Councils CUT in bus subsidy once again the residents suffer and could mean night workers nurses/firefighters/


police etc will have to walk home alone or in future create another car parking problem in hospital areas and the like as they need transport to report to work. The only people catered for if you note are University Students and me as i live on there route.
Your right that it is a LABOUR policy to cut the subsidy forced on to them by a TORY/LIB DEM policy from central government. There is only so much in the pot and this has to be spread far and wide across a multitude. What would you rather have - more subsidy for buses or no street lights, even less public toilets and libraries. No help for people with children who are chronically disabled?

The National Bus Pass for the OAP introduced by the Labour Government as a massive carrot to get votes for Gordon Brown has been carried on by The Tory/Lib Dem government but with a slash in the cost that the bus operators get. The more it's used the more money has to come out of council funds.

Count yourself you're not living in the likes of Cornwall where the subsidy given by it's council has seen massive swaths of daytime/evening/Sund

ay cuts as well.

I think this is a step backwards of Southampton and hopefully the likes of Velvet will come along and tap this market. Smaller companies are not held to ransom by the Unions for pay like Bluestar/First
Actually Velvet are cutting one of their night buses soon as well as their service 300 to Ringwood.
[quote][p][bold]neilchi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bobbyboy[/bold] wrote: the point missing in this report is that these cuts are inresponce to this Labour Councils CUT in bus subsidy once again the residents suffer and could mean night workers nurses/firefighters/ police etc will have to walk home alone or in future create another car parking problem in hospital areas and the like as they need transport to report to work. The only people catered for if you note are University Students and me as i live on there route.[/p][/quote]Your right that it is a LABOUR policy to cut the subsidy forced on to them by a TORY/LIB DEM policy from central government. There is only so much in the pot and this has to be spread far and wide across a multitude. What would you rather have - more subsidy for buses or no street lights, even less public toilets and libraries. No help for people with children who are chronically disabled? The National Bus Pass for the OAP introduced by the Labour Government as a massive carrot to get votes for Gordon Brown has been carried on by The Tory/Lib Dem government but with a slash in the cost that the bus operators get. The more it's used the more money has to come out of council funds. Count yourself you're not living in the likes of Cornwall where the subsidy given by it's council has seen massive swaths of daytime/evening/Sund ay cuts as well. I think this is a step backwards of Southampton and hopefully the likes of Velvet will come along and tap this market. Smaller companies are not held to ransom by the Unions for pay like Bluestar/First[/p][/quote]Actually Velvet are cutting one of their night buses soon as well as their service 300 to Ringwood. Dave Of The South
  • Score: 0

1:24am Mon 24 Feb 14

huckit P says...

neilchi wrote:
bobbyboy wrote: the point missing in this report is that these cuts are inresponce to this Labour Councils CUT in bus subsidy once again the residents suffer and could mean night workers nurses/firefighters/ police etc will have to walk home alone or in future create another car parking problem in hospital areas and the like as they need transport to report to work. The only people catered for if you note are University Students and me as i live on there route.
Your right that it is a LABOUR policy to cut the subsidy forced on to them by a TORY/LIB DEM policy from central government. There is only so much in the pot and this has to be spread far and wide across a multitude. What would you rather have - more subsidy for buses or no street lights, even less public toilets and libraries. No help for people with children who are chronically disabled? The National Bus Pass for the OAP introduced by the Labour Government as a massive carrot to get votes for Gordon Brown has been carried on by The Tory/Lib Dem government but with a slash in the cost that the bus operators get. The more it's used the more money has to come out of council funds. Count yourself you're not living in the likes of Cornwall where the subsidy given by it's council has seen massive swaths of daytime/evening/Sund ay cuts as well. I think this is a step backwards of Southampton and hopefully the likes of Velvet will come along and tap this market. Smaller companies are not held to ransom by the Unions for pay like Bluestar/First
I don't see anywhere in the story that mentions the cuts are due to not receiving subsidies. What I do read is that changes to the services have come about because of surveys of passengers and bus surgeries (is that where sick buses go?).
Maybe it is as a result of subsidy cuts, but the story doesn't mention that.
[quote][p][bold]neilchi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bobbyboy[/bold] wrote: the point missing in this report is that these cuts are inresponce to this Labour Councils CUT in bus subsidy once again the residents suffer and could mean night workers nurses/firefighters/ police etc will have to walk home alone or in future create another car parking problem in hospital areas and the like as they need transport to report to work. The only people catered for if you note are University Students and me as i live on there route.[/p][/quote]Your right that it is a LABOUR policy to cut the subsidy forced on to them by a TORY/LIB DEM policy from central government. There is only so much in the pot and this has to be spread far and wide across a multitude. What would you rather have - more subsidy for buses or no street lights, even less public toilets and libraries. No help for people with children who are chronically disabled? The National Bus Pass for the OAP introduced by the Labour Government as a massive carrot to get votes for Gordon Brown has been carried on by The Tory/Lib Dem government but with a slash in the cost that the bus operators get. The more it's used the more money has to come out of council funds. Count yourself you're not living in the likes of Cornwall where the subsidy given by it's council has seen massive swaths of daytime/evening/Sund ay cuts as well. I think this is a step backwards of Southampton and hopefully the likes of Velvet will come along and tap this market. Smaller companies are not held to ransom by the Unions for pay like Bluestar/First[/p][/quote]I don't see anywhere in the story that mentions the cuts are due to not receiving subsidies. What I do read is that changes to the services have come about because of surveys of passengers and bus surgeries (is that where sick buses go?). Maybe it is as a result of subsidy cuts, but the story doesn't mention that. huckit P
  • Score: 0

8:54am Mon 24 Feb 14

camerajuan says...

Inform Al wrote:
bigal007 wrote:
Not many people. Go in to town anymore as it is unsafe
We in my part of Swaythling can't go into town for a drink as the last bus back leaves the city centre at about 7.30. We can of course go all round the town and get a student bus back, but it's quicker to walk.
So, you can go for a drink in town. You just have to walk back. Which isn't that far and you never seem to complain about walking that distance on every other travel related post you make.
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigal007[/bold] wrote: Not many people. Go in to town anymore as it is unsafe[/p][/quote]We in my part of Swaythling can't go into town for a drink as the last bus back leaves the city centre at about 7.30. We can of course go all round the town and get a student bus back, but it's quicker to walk.[/p][/quote]So, you can go for a drink in town. You just have to walk back. Which isn't that far and you never seem to complain about walking that distance on every other travel related post you make. camerajuan
  • Score: 0

3:05pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Inform Al says...

camerajuan wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
bigal007 wrote:
Not many people. Go in to town anymore as it is unsafe
We in my part of Swaythling can't go into town for a drink as the last bus back leaves the city centre at about 7.30. We can of course go all round the town and get a student bus back, but it's quicker to walk.
So, you can go for a drink in town. You just have to walk back. Which isn't that far and you never seem to complain about walking that distance on every other travel related post you make.
I can and sometimes do, but I do have many neighbours without the necessary mobility to do so, they are unable even to walk down to the Fleming Arms. You're alright though, arn't youu Jack.
[quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigal007[/bold] wrote: Not many people. Go in to town anymore as it is unsafe[/p][/quote]We in my part of Swaythling can't go into town for a drink as the last bus back leaves the city centre at about 7.30. We can of course go all round the town and get a student bus back, but it's quicker to walk.[/p][/quote]So, you can go for a drink in town. You just have to walk back. Which isn't that far and you never seem to complain about walking that distance on every other travel related post you make.[/p][/quote]I can and sometimes do, but I do have many neighbours without the necessary mobility to do so, they are unable even to walk down to the Fleming Arms. You're alright though, arn't youu Jack. Inform Al
  • Score: 0

10:01am Thu 20 Mar 14

AndersonSmith says...

Thank you for another essential article. Where else could anyone get that kind of information in such a complete way of writing?
Thank you for another essential article. Where else could anyone get that kind of information in such a complete way of writing? AndersonSmith
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