bluestar's charity of the year are the RNIB helping to raise awareness & money for those who are blind or partially sighted. The charity offer a wide range of services to those in need including; emotional support & counselling, advice services and free talking books.
RNIB's mascot is the loveable Sooty - keep an eye out when you're on the bus as we'll often be promoting on board with Sooty!
Bluestar buses will be blooming with poppies this November in support of the Royal British Legion poppy appeal. Giant poppies will take pride of place on the front of our buses. We have also designed a special poppy liveried bus to bring further awareness to the cause. As part of Go South Coast we have made a charitable donation of £1500 to the poppy appeal too.
Clare Peppiatt, community fundraiser at the Royal British Legion, said: “We are delighted that such a well-known local firm is supporting our appeal and has donated to our cause, I feel sure this will help to raise our profile still further."
bluestar 17 launch
City Centre to the General Hospital & Lordshill
Bluestar 17, our new route to Southampton General Hospital started on Sunday 25 October 2015. The route goes from the city centre via, Shirley - Southampton General Hospital - Aldermoor - Lordshill - Lower Brownhill. Bluestar 17 operates up to every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 30 minutes on a Sunday.
Many customers will use this service as their local bus into the city centre, or for appointments at the hospital. The bluestar 17 is a convenient service, as it offers connections to our other bluestar services in the city centre and in Shirley.
bluestar 7 launch
New route into the city
Bluestar have introduced a new route the bluestar 7 from Sholing into the city, this service provides local residents with a bus into the city 7 days a week up to every 30 minutes during peak times.
The new service is also the quickest way into the city centre from Sholing and Woolston. We've hand picked drivers so that our customers get the best expereince whilst travelling with Bluestar.
lighting the way!...
Totton Lantern Parade
On Sunday 6 December we provided a bluestar bus for the Totton Lantern Parade. The bus picked up the FA Cup Fans Choir from Southampton and took them to the event in Totton.
Approximately 500 lanterns were involved and it was all filmed for the BBC.
signing up to the RNIB bus charter
Driver swapped places with visually imparied
Drivers experienced first hand the challenges that blind and visually impaired customers have on a daily basis when trying to use the bus to travel.
In reutrn blind the blind and partially sighted members of the RNIB were given a chance to sit in the drivers seat and expereince first hand what it is like to communicate with customers.
Financial support from Bluestar is helping fund vital replacement first aid kits, for use by Hampshire Search and Rescue (HANTSAR) volunteers.
HANTSAR works alongside the police in searches for vulnerable missing persons in Hampshire - and the voluntary organisation relies on support from local individuals and businesses to continue its vital work across the county.