WINCHESTER civic chiefs have confirmed their backing for a night bus service.

City councillors on the Town Forum decided to fund the service for another two years starting from September.

The service runs from the city centre to Badger Farm, Stanmore, Weeke and Harestock on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between around 10pm and 12.30am.

Started in 2012, the schedule has been tweaked to better coincide with the trains.

Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors voted to approve the £13,000 subsidy but Conservatives opposed, saying it was a county council role to support public transport.

A possible threat is the county council review of its subsidies due to conclude by the end of October.

If other services are stopped that could hit the viability of the service, said assistant director Simon Finch.

Tory councillor Fiona Mather asked why the forum was supporting a service when parish councils in Harestock and Badger Farm had refused.

Lib Dem councillor Jim Maynard said the service needed better promotion.