Spring in to action at the ABP Southampton Marathon

1 month ago Thu 14th Apr 2022

route diversions for ABP Southampton

ABP Southampton Marathon takes over Southampton with a marathon, half marathon, a 10K, and a fun run. Come and show your support for our local running enthusiasts as they take on these sporting challenges. Let us do the driving for you, and hop on one of our buses to the city centre!

Multiple roads and bridges will be closed throughout the City so some buses will be diverted. Please see below for how our buses will be running.

Please note: Cenotaph & Art Gallery bus stops will be closed from 07:00 Saturday 23rd April until 20:00 Sunday 24th April to facilitate the setting up of the Marathon village.

Route Diversion
Bluestar 1 & Bluestar 2 (in the Southampton City Centre area)

Until 13:00 - Buses will start and finish at Debenhams on Houndwell Place and will then divert in both directions to The Avenue (Archers Road). Buses will not serve any stops between Hanover Buildings and Law Courts.     

Between 13:00 and 16:00 - Buses will divert in both directions between Above Bar and The Avenue (Archers Road). Buses will not serve any stops between Cenotaph and Law Courts.

Between 16:00 and 20:00 - Buses will not serve Cenotaph.

Bluestar 2 (in the Swaythling area) Between 08:00 and 15:00 - Buses will divert in both directions between Swaythling Market Buildings & Mayfield Link Road. Buses will not serve stops at McDonalds and Woodmill Lane.
Bluestar 3

Before 13:00 - Buses towards Southampton will divert after Brintons Road to terminate at Debenhams on Houndwell Place.

The 09:40 and 11:00 trips towards Eastleigh will start at Debenhams on Houndwell Place. These will divert to Hedge End via the M27. Buses will not serve stops between Southampton and Moorhill Gardens.               

The 13:20 trip towards Eastleigh will serve Bargate Street, ASDA, Civic Centre & Park Walk as usual. The bus will then divert to Hedge End via the M27. Buses will not serve stops between Southampton and Moorhill Gardens.

Bluestar 4 (towards Romsey)

Before 13:00 - Buses will start at Castle Way (Stops BI/BJ) and will divert via ASDA & Seacity Museum to Central Station.    

Between 13:00 and 20:00 - Buses will not stop at Art Gallery.

Bluestar 7

Until 14:00 - The Bluestar 7 will be split into two sections 

  • Sholing side will operate between Woolston Library/The Cricketers and Sholing Estate only.   
  • General Hospital/Millbrook side will start and finish at Castle Way (Stops BI/BJ) then divert via ASDA, Seacity Museum to Central Station. Between 13:00 and 14:00 buses will stop at Vincents Walk and Above Bar.   

After 14:00 - All journeys will revert to normal, but buses will not stop at Art Gallery. 

Bluestar 16

Until 13:00 - Buses towards Southampton will divert after Brintons Road to terminate at Debenhams on Houndwell Place           

  • Please note: Certain journeys will terminate at Bullar Road. Please check the destination and timetable for more details.

Until 13:00 - Buses towards Townhill Park will start at Debenhams on Houndwell Place then will divert via Mansbridge to Townhill Park before continuing to Bitterne.

Between 13:00 and 14:15 - Buses towards Townhill Park will stop at Bargate Street, ASDA and Civic Centre and will then divert via Mansbridge to Townhill Park before continuing to Bitterne.

Bluestar 17

Before 08:00 - Buses will not serve Art Gallery in either direction   

Between 08:00 and 14:00 - The Bluestar 17 will be split into two sections (Woolston to City Centre will not be served during the closure of Itchen Bridge).

  • Lordshill side will start and finish at Castle Way (Stops BI/BJ) then will divert via ASDA and Seacity Museum to Central Station. After 13:00, buses will stop at Vincents Walk and Above Bar.
  • Weston side will operate every 20 minutes between Woolston Library/The Cricketers and Weston Estate via Wrights Hill.

From 14:00 to 20:00 - All Bluestar 17 services will revert to normal but won't stop at Art Gallery.

Bluestar 18

Before 08:00 - Buses will not stop at Art Gallery in either direction. 

Between 08:00 and 14:30 - The Bluestar 18 will be split into two sections (passengers travelling cross city will need to change bus in the City Centre). Certain buses on the Thornhill side of the closure will terminate at Bullar Road or Divert via the M27 – Please check the timetable carefully.

  • Millbrook side will start and finish at Castle Way (Stops BI/BJ) then will divert via ASDA and Seacity Museum to Central Station. After 13:00, buses will stop at Vincents Walk and Above Bar.
  • Thornhill side will start and finish at Debenhams on Houndwell Place then will divert non-stop to Thornhill via the M27 then will return via the normal 18 route to Bursledon Road & Bitterne. After 13:00, buses will stop at Bargate Street, ASDA & Civic Centre.

From 14:30 to 20:00 - All Bluestar 18 services will revert to normal but won't stop at Art Gallery.

Quayconnect Between 08:00 and 13:00 - Buses will divert via West Quay Road. Normal stops at ASDA, West Quay, Holyrood Church and Telephone House will not be served.