Bluestar partners with rail group to cover disruption

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Nick Farthing, Chairman of the Three Rivers CRP, launches the new initiative with Bluestar’s Nikki Honer
Nick Farthing, Chairman of the Three Rivers CRP, launches the new initiative with Bluestar’s Nikki Honer

Go Ahead-owned Bluestar has partnered with the Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership (CRP) to offer rail passengers a solution during disruption at Hampshire’s Chandlers Ford station.

The Southampton-based operator’s Bluestar 1 service runs approximately every 15 minutes from Chandlers Ford station to both Winchester and Southampton.

Bluestar Communications Manager, Nikki Honer, explained: “Our Bluestar 1 bus service runs close to the rail station at Chandlers Ford, and the Three Rivers CRP recognises this.

“We’ve been working together to come up with a viable solution for rail passengers when trains are disrupted or delayed.

“Rail passengers showing their valid rail tickets to Bluestar drivers can travel to or from either city from Chandlers Ford rail station, with a significant reduction on the cost of a regular bus ticket.

“Our vehicles are equipped with free WiFi, as well as individual USB charging points for mobile devices – so people can carry on working, watching films or keeping up-to-date with social media while on-board with us.

“Having recently joined the Partnership Steering Group, I’m delighted we’re working closely with this important organisation.

“Our team is looking forward to welcoming rail passengers in Chandlers Ford to our Bluestar 1 service, as and when these matters arise.”

The Three Rivers CRP is a group of local authorities, local people and representatives from the rail industry which works to promote and improve stations and services in the area.

Nick Farthing, Chairman of the Three Rivers CRP, said: “I am grateful to Bluestar as our steering group partner for introducing this initiative and for creating this excellent offer to ease journeys for rail passengers.

“I am certain the new deal will prove beneficial to everyone and to the bus and rail companies as a whole.”