Southampton kicks off September with a sporting weekend

3 weeks ago Tue 31st Aug 2021

southampton sports weekend 4/5 september route diversions on bluestar buses

It is a weekend full of sports in Southampton! This Saturday, the city hosts Southampton Sporterium - a cycling festival with a day full of two wheel themed activities including chances for the whole family to participate and spectate. This Sunday, 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 cyclist and 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!

With these sporting events comes some route alterations and diversions across the city. Take a look below to see how our services will be affected by the weekend's events.

Friday 3rd September (from 1800) and Saturday 4th September for Southampton Sporterium

Routes Diversions
Bluestar 1 and Bluestar 2

Buses heading into the City will divert from Giddy Bridge to ASDA with buses not stopping at Cenotaph or Civic Centre.

Buses heading out of the City will serve Hanover Buildings as usual, then will divert via ASDA and BBC Studios to Giddy Bridge with buses not stopping at Above Bar or Cenotaph.

Bluestar 3 and Bluestar 16

Buses towards the City Centre will divert from Brintons Road via Kingsway to end the service in Bargate Street, with stops between Solent University and Vincents Walk not being served.

Buses towards Bitterne will serve Bargate Street and ASDA as usual, then will divert via Cumberland Place and Jurys Inn to Brintons Road. Buses will not stop at Civic Centre, Park Walk or Solent University.

Bluestar 4 Buses towards Romsey will start at Castle Way (stop BJ) then divert via ASDA to Central Station and will not stop at Vincents Walk, Above Bar or Art Gallery 
Bluestar 7

Buses will divert in both directions via ASDA, Castle Way and Bernard Street with stops between Houndwell Park and Art Gallery not being served. Please use alternative stops at Castle Way (Stop BJ towards Lordshill or Stop BD towards Sholing)

Bluestar 17 Buses will divert in both directions via ASDA with buses not stopping between Art Gallery and Vincents Walk.
Bluestar 18

Buses towards Thornhill will divert from Seacity Museum and ASDA, serving Bargate Street and ASDA before diverting via Jurys Inn to Brintons Road. Buses will not stop between Art Gallery and Solent University.

Buses towards Millbrook will divert via Bernard Street, Holyrood Church to Castle Way (Stop BJ) then via ASDA to Central Station.

Sunday 5th September for ABP Southampton Marathon

Please click on the route number to see the temporary timetable

Routes Diversions
Bluestar 1 and Bluestar 2

Before 13:15 – Buses will divert from The Avenue via Jurys Inn and Kingsway to start and finish on Houndwell Place, with stops between Hanover Buildings and Law Courts not being served. 

Between 13:15 and 16:00 – Cenotaph, Giddy Bridge, Law Courts and College Place bus stops will not be served.                                          

Between 16:00 and 20:00 – Cenotaph bus stop will not be served.

Bluestar 3

09:40 and 11:00 from Southampton – Buses will start on Houndwell Place then will operate non-stop to Hedge End. 

13:20 from Southampton – Buses will serve Bargate Street, ASDA, and Civic Centre as usual then will operate non-stop to Hedge End.

08:25, 09:45, 11:05 from Eastleigh – From Brintons Road, buses will divert via Kingsway to terminate on Houndwell Place.

Bluestar 4

09:25, 10:25, 11:25, 12:20 from Southampton – Buses will start at Castle Way (Stop BJ) then will divert via ASDA to Central Station. Buses will not stop at Vincents Walk, Above Bar, or Art Gallery.

Journeys after 13:00 from Southampton – Buses will not stop at Art Gallery bus stop.

Bluestar 7

Before 14:00 – The route will be split into two: The Eastern section will operate between Sholing and Woolston Library only. The Western section will operate between Aldermoor and Central Station then will divert via ASDA to start and finish at Castle Way (Stop BJ).

After 14:00 – Buses will not stop at Art Gallery bus stop.

Bluestar 16

Before 13:00 – Journeys will alternate between long journeys (Townhill Park-City Centre) and short journeys (Townhill Park-Bullar Road). Long journeys after Brintons Road will divert via Kingsway to terminate on Houndwell Place. Long journeys will start on Houndwell Place then will operate non-stop to Townhill Park.       

                                                                                                                                        Between 13:00 & 14:30 – Journeys will alternate between long journeys (Townhill Park-City Centre) and short journeys (Townhill Park-Bullar Road). Long journeys will serve Bargate Street, ASDA and Civic Centre as usual then will operate non-stop to Townhill Park.

Bluestar 17

Before 07:30 – Buses will not stop at Art Gallery bus stop

Between 07:30 & 14:00 – The route will be split into two: The Eastern section will operate between Weston Estate and Woolston Library via Wrights Hill. The Western section will operate between Adanac Park and Central Station then will divert via ASDA to start/finish at Castle Way (Stop BJ). Buses from Southampton after 13:00 will stop at West Quay, Vincents Walk, Above Bar and Central Station.

Between 14:00 & 20:00 – Buses will not stop at Art Gallery bus stop.

Bluestar 18

Before 07:30 – Buses will not stop at Art Gallery bus stop.

Between 07:30 & 13:00 – The route will be split into two: The Eastern section will alternate between long journeys (Thornhill-City Centre) and short journeys (Thornhill-Bullar Road). Long journeys after Brintons Road will divert via Kingsway to terminate and start on Houndwell Place. The Western section will operate between Millbrook & Central Station then divert via ASDA to start and finish at Castle Way (Stop BJ).

Between 13:00 & 14:00 – The route will remain split into two: The Eastern section will alternate between long journeys (Thornhill-City Centre) and short journeys (Thornhill-Bullar Road). Long journeys towards Thornhill will operate non-stop to Thornhill. The Western section will operate between Millbrook and Central Station then divert via ASDA to start and finish at Castle Way/West Quay. 

Between 14:00 & 20:00 – Buses will not stop at Art Gallery bus stop

QuayConnect Until 13:00 – Buses will divert via IKEA. Buses will not stop at ASDA, West Quay, Holyrood Church or Telephone House bus stops.

We apologise for any disruption to your journey this weekend. Rest assured that extra drivers, buses & supervisors will be out in the City as we do our best to keep you moving.

Please note: the Bluestar Travel Shop will be open on Sunday from 9:30 until 13:30 to provide advice about bus services on the day.