New open-top bus for seafront visitors

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VISITORS to Southsea have a new attraction to enjoy from today as an open-top bus starts operating along the seafront.

The new X25 bus service will run from The Hard, Portsea, to Henderson Park in Eastney.

It will take people to all the various seafront attractions – including Clarence Pier, Pyramids Centre, D-Day Museum, South Parade Pier and the Royal Marines Museum.

The service owes its origins to the popular number 25 bus first laid on for Southsea sightseers in 1899.

Xelabus managing director Gareth Blair decided to resurrect the service after it stopped running in 2002.

He said: ‘It’s been 10 years since we had an open-top bus service along the seafront.

‘It’s not a tour bus, it’s a regular bus and it’s free for OAPs with their bus pass.

‘We spotted a great opportunity to help people get to all the wonderful things to see and do in Southsea and we’re offering rover tickets which allow people to hop on and off at different places all day.’

The hourly service runs Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays until September 30.

It’ll be a daily service during the school summer break.