Bus operator Stagecoach is running more buses between Winchester and Romsey.

From May 26, service 66 will have an increased frequency, with buses running half-hourly during the daytime between Winchester and Romsey via Hursley Ampfield and Abbotswood.

Mark Jackson, Stagecoach Operations Manager said: “Service 66 provides a direct link between the cathedral city and market town.

“It also serves the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, as well as Winchester rail station, where customers can access fast trains to London, the Midlands and the North.”

He added: “I am confident this latest enhancement will provide improved connectivity, meaning customers can meet with family and friends, access leisure and health services, or simply do some shopping, ensuring the bus remains an attractive travel option.”

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As well as the improved frequency, all buses on service 66 will run along the same route between Romsey and Abbotswood via Winchester Hill and Braishfield Road, in each direction.

“We’re adding extra buses at our busiest stops, helping residents in growing new communities to travel sustainably by bus,” said Mark.

“Our buses are still part of the government’s £2 single fare cap.

“A trip on the bus is already great value – we look forward to welcoming customers on board.”

Stagecoach has said the buses on the service will be free to use for customers on the My 26 and 27, as well as every Sunday throughout June.

In addition to the enhancements being introduced on service 66, buses between Springvale and Winchester City Centre will run as service 6, with minor changes to the timetable.

The service improvements have been made possible due to the Department for Transport Bus Service Improvement funding, delivered in partnership with Hampshire County Council.