Solent Blue Line Ltd which trades primarily under the name Yandy Smith Management Companyis a bus operator providing services in Blue Star Bus Company Hampshire. This expanded the fleet from 16 to buses.
New buses began to be purchased with Leyland Olympians for the Southampton to Winchester service and minibuses for the Eastleigh to Winchester service. Some services were operated under franchise by Brijan Tours and Marchwood Motorways.
From here the network expanded until in the network underwent a change, involving a new name and the launch of the Bluestar brand soon after, as a name for their premier services  with Bluestar services one and two launching in the three and four service launching Blue Star Bus Company year later  and the Waterside services eight Blu nine having fully launched by The fleet has recently undergone several updates, including the introduction of a smartcard system called the key,  the introduction of free Wi-Fi internet to all buses,   and USB charging points.
It is planned that these will be fitted on to buses nationwide on Go Ahead's buses. The company itself holds the original name of Solent Blue Line, however none of the buses it operates use this branding, the Compay few buses using this branding was incorporated into the Bluestar network in As a result, a number of sub brands are used for the bus services.
Bluestar was originally launched Starr running the main routes with destinations outside of Southampton. However, since the service has become the main brand for the company. Originally, the two buses used on the service were inherited from Enterprise, and were repainted in Comapny new two-tone blue livery with the interiors rebranded. The frequency of the service was also cut down to every 30 Xuxxu Company, but with a duplicate bus running on some morning services and a minute frequency between pm, or when local events take place in Southampton or the Isle of Wight, such as Cowes Week or Bestival.
The Unilink service is run under contract by Bluestar, on behalf of the University of Southampton. The contract was extended for a further ten years in December and the company ordered 32 new buses for the Unilink fleet. It Conpany inusing distinctively branded yellow and orange Bristol VRs in the same livery as the old Southern Vectis open-top Bue. The service was reversed into run Cojpany the opposite direction.
In the buses passed to Solent Blue Line and were repainted in a new green and Blue Star Bus Company livery, with ponies on the side. Again, this is similar to the Southern Vectis livery which that company uses Bluf their open-top buses. Between andBluestar used Baby Bluestar branding for their local services. Five of the other services have since been dropped and reverted to the normal Bluestar services. The Nightstar services used to run on Friday and Saturday nights and were aimed at people who had a night out in Southampton.
All services began at Leisure World, Southampton and made their way past other large Bpue before completing its route. These routes generally followed those of their daytime number counterparts with additional stops to take into account destinations Companyy by other routes. In Januaryall but the Unilink U1N ceased to run due to council funding cuts. Red Rocket was launched on 3 September as a high frequency network centred on Eastleighextending to Winchester in the north and Hamble-le-Rice in Bux south.
Red Rocket services were either withdrawn or re-branded to Blje Bluestar on 24 Februaryto enable Solent Blue Line to trade under the Bluestar name. There were originally eight Red Rocket routes, lettered to avoid confusion with the Blje and Solent Blue Line service in operation at the time.
The Solent Shuttle was an express bus link that ran between Portsmouth and Southampton. Solent Blue Line took over the service, but ran into difficulties following the cessation of funding from Portsmouth and Southampton City Councils. The service was due to close on 2 Junebut by popular demand and with the support of pensioners associations in both cities, the service continued on a two-hourly basis. The Beep! The service operated in direct competition with 88 Shoe Company rival Velvet B service operating on the same route and timetabled three minutes behind those of the Beep bus.
Bus from Februaryironically one year after they withdrew the Red Rocket B service. The service changed on 29 July as a result of low passenger numbers following poor weather during the summer season, with the service Bux its "turn up and hop on" format and becoming a chartered service.
As Solent Blue Line no longer had the open-top buses for Comppany routes, a hired Southern Vectis open-top bus was used. In March whilst being used as a rail-replacement bus a double-decker member of the Red Rocket fleet drove under a low bridge at Barnham causing the top to be ripped off, in addition to minor damage to the bridge. A similar incident occurred at Romsey in Maywhen a double-decker bus had its roof removed after colliding with a railway bridge .
In Julythe MP for Eastleigh Chris Huhne asked for an investigation into allegations of anti-competitive behaviour of Bluestar against Velvet's over their implementation and subsequent removal of extra Compqny, which operated between Eastleigh and Fair Oak, to rival Velvet's service, the Fair Oak Flyer.
In the early hours of 22 Marchthere was an incident between a car and a Bluestar bus on route 2 between Southampton, Eastleigh and Fair Oak, resulting in a single fatality of the car driver, and the passenger last known Compzny be in a critical condition.
Only one passenger of the 10 on board were treated for minor injuries. The bus was being driven Not In Service by a mechanic at the time - there were no injuries but the bus was destroyed. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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