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SUNDAY bus services that have been reintroduced to get people into the countryside have been welcomed.

Two services in Hampshire and four in West Sussex have been 
brought back following a funding boost from the Department of Transport.

The 37/38 Stagecoach from Portsmouth to Alton via Havant and Petersfield now includes a diversion through Queen Elizabeth Country Park, near Clanfield.

Other services include the 67 Xelabus from Winchester to Petersfield via Alresford and the 99A Compass Travel bus from Chichester to Petworth.

Allison Thorpe, who leads on access and recreation for the South Downs National Park Authority, said: ‘Early figures show that new Sunday services are already being taken advantage of and we’ve even received thank you letters from some residents previously cut off without public transport for one day every week.

‘This is great news as we need people to keep using the buses – the government funding is limited.’