A SOUTHAMPTON bus service has teamed up with Hampshire Constabulary with an aim to make police services more publicly accessible.

Bluestar first teamed up with Hampshire Constabulary for a trial back in July to make police services even more accessible to those living in Totton and surrounding areas.

This month, they will be bringing uniformed officers onboard the Totton and Calmore bus service on Monday, October 28 to assist and enable bus riders to talk to them about issues they may have.

Connor De Mornay from Hampshire Constabulary said: “I will be in the Totton and Calmore area, on Monday, October 28, riding on the 10am and 10.40am Bluestar 12 from Totton RC Church towards Calmore and the 10.13am and 10.53 Bluestar 12 from Calmore back to Totton centre. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone on-board.

“This is an excellent opportunity for us to become more visible and accessible within the local area.

“On a bus, our team can talk to several people in one go - allowing us to help more local people than we may otherwise be able to do. Our officers are human beings, they are there to assist - and we’re very much looking forward to meeting bus passengers later this month.”

Head of communications at Bluestar, Nikki Honer, said: “Buses provide the perfect opportunity for people to chat informally.

“We see it as a sort of mobile beat surgery - providing easy access for anyone wishing to discuss local issues of any kind that police officers might be able to help with. And this fits in well with our chatty bus scheme.”