Bus services to be given £4.5m revamp

Daily Echo: Bus services to be given £4.5m revamp Bus services to be given £4.5m revamp

A BUS operator is to invest nearly £4.5m on buses for popular routes, including those running in Fareham and Gosport.

First in Solent is buying fuel-efficient buses for three of its most popular routes, which will run from May.

The money will go towards 22 Wright Streetlite midi micro-hybrids, which will run on the service between Fareham and Gunwharf Quays, in Ports-mouth, which takes passengers via Paulsgrove, the Queen Alexandra Hospital and Cosham.

First is also investing in nine Optare Solo buses for the Service 9 between Fareham and Gosport, equipped with free Wi-Fi and leather seats.

This is in addition to the £6.6m the company spent on 41 new Wright Streetlites last year.

Chrissie Bainbridge, general manager, said: “These services are designed to make travelling to the centres of Portsmouth, Fareham and Gosport as easy and convenient as possible.”

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11:13am Tue 25 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

A few weeks later they will be saying that their funding has been cut and the routes are unsustainable and promptly shut them down.
A few weeks later they will be saying that their funding has been cut and the routes are unsustainable and promptly shut them down. OSPREYSAINT
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2:54pm Tue 25 Mar 14

focus19 says...

Shame they cant invest in new routes and Buses in Southampton, Come on First Hampshire seems you given up here Sell up and let a new Operate take over the Southampton city routes. You only seem to want to run Buses at Townhill and Shirley.
Shame they cant invest in new routes and Buses in Southampton, Come on First Hampshire seems you given up here Sell up and let a new Operate take over the Southampton city routes. You only seem to want to run Buses at Townhill and Shirley. focus19
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12:41am Fri 4 Apr 14

Dave Of The South says...

focus19 wrote:
Shame they cant invest in new routes and Buses in Southampton, Come on First Hampshire seems you given up here Sell up and let a new Operate take over the Southampton city routes. You only seem to want to run Buses at Townhill and Shirley.
Any bus company can run a bus route if they think it will be viable. So there's no need for First to actually sell up. Just need some more competition!
[quote][p][bold]focus19[/bold] wrote: Shame they cant invest in new routes and Buses in Southampton, Come on First Hampshire seems you given up here Sell up and let a new Operate take over the Southampton city routes. You only seem to want to run Buses at Townhill and Shirley.[/p][/quote]Any bus company can run a bus route if they think it will be viable. So there's no need for First to actually sell up. Just need some more competition! Dave Of The South
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