First have confirmed some changes from 5th January which include the axing of route 10. For the first time in decades, Totton will have no direct link to Shirley and the General Hospital. Upper Shirley and Bellemoor will also lose a link. First will run a couple of journeys a day between Tauntons College and the City Centre, but they will only be useful for students. Also affected are the following routes:
- 7: New timetable and it will terminate at West Quay, no longer serving Pound Tree Road.
- 11: New timeable, weekday daytime frequency increased to 7/8 mins.
- 12: Will run via Peartree instead of Merry Oak.
- 13: Will run via Merry Oak instead of Peartree and will now terminate at the South side of Central Station.
Roadworks are going to continue for some time between Ocean Village and Itchen Bridge. Bluestar and First explain their diversions.
Wheelers W1 has had a couple of journeys retimed. Details here.
And finally, Bluestar are targetting pensioners on routes where they compete with other operators by offering them a loyalty card. If they make 30 journeys in a month, they'll be eligible to enter a monthly prize draw to win shopping vouchers. Pensioners of course don't pay for their bus travel, but each time they use their passes, the local councils that issue the passes pay a fee to the bus operators, so Bluestar can get more money from the councils by tempting pensioners to switch to them.