we are bluestar

Bluestar started life under the Solent Blue Line name, as a subsidiary of Southern Vectis, in 1987 to offer the people of Southampton a fresh, new alternative in bus travel with its striking yellow and blue colour scheme. Its grounding as a plucky newcomer to the local bus market quickly progressed following the acquisition later that year of the Southampton area operations of Stagecoach subsidiary Hampshire Bus and certain Eastleigh routes from the old Hants & Sussex company. Certain services until recently were operated under franchise by Marchwood Motorways of Totton, of which their bus operations now form part of Bluestar having been acquired in October 2006.

historic buses

The current network of bus services makes Bluestar the main inter-urban bus operator in Southern Hampshire. We link Southampton with Winchester, Eastleigh, Romsey, Hedge End, Totton and the Hythe & Waterside area. Our frequent local services in Southampton and Eastleigh establish Bluestar as a major provider of bus services in these areas. Our commercial services are defined by frequency, simplicity and reliability, and many routes benefit from Nightstar buses running from Southampton City Centre until around 0330 on Friday and Saturday nights.

We remain keen investors in our vehicles, property and our most important asset – our people.

The company continues to develop and evolve, and has gained reputation for innovation resulting in significant passenger growth and achieved productive work in partnership with local authorities and stakeholders. We are proud to produce high-quality work with a range of clients across Hampshire, enjoying long and positive relationships with local transport authorities, businesses and educational organisations in delivering people where they need to go. As well as local bus services, we deliver Total Travel Solutions in running a variety of other services including special events work and rail replacement operations.
bluestar logo on side of bus
passenger numbers
We remain excited at the opportunities the developing local area brings to our business. Our passion is reinforced by our belief that the bus can be an exciting product, delivered and managed locally.

Therefore there’s tremendous scope in getting many more people on board and reinforcing their choice in making us the brighter way to go.

our awards
2009
Bus Marketing Campaign of the Year (UK Bus Awards)
2009
Medium-sized Bus Operator of the Year
(Route One Operator Excellence Awards)
2012
Winners of the South Coast Business Award for Excellence through Innovation.
100 buses in our fleet