£15,000 for new city bus route

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A NEW bus service will be run in Portsmouth after the city council stumped up £15,000.

The subsidy will restore a link between the Milton and Baffins areas of the city.

This was lost when bus company First changed its 13 service last December.

The council cash means First will provide a new 13A service, linking the two areas.

It will also provide a link to the city centre for people living on and around the southern end of the Eastern Road.

The new 13A will serve the Eastern Road, Hayling Avenue, Neville Road, and Tangier Road, with wheelchair and buggy-friendly buses. It will return to the city centre and The Hard via the present 13 route.

It will run from about 10am to 3pm, Monday to Saturday, from April 23, on a trial basis for six months.

Council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson said: ‘The council does not run buses, but we work closely with the bus companies to try to ensure our residents get the services they need. We’re pleased that negotiations with First have resulted in this trial of a new service. We’ll monitor it closely and see if we can make it permanent.’

After talks with the council, First have also agreed to improve the 13 service, improving links to the city centre and to St Mary’s hospital for people living on and around the southern end of the Eastern Road.

Cllr Jason Fazackarley, Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation, said: “Many residents, especially older ones, told us that they needed these changes, and we have worked hard with the bus company to find a solution. Budgets are tight, but we hope we will find a way to keep this new service beyond the trial period.”

The 13A route will be:

From Hard Interchange then via, Queen Street, Bishop Crispian Way, Edinburgh Road, City Centre South, Station Street, Fratton Road, Goldsmith Avenue, Eastney Road, Milton Road, Locksway Road, Furze Lane, Moorings Way, Eastern Road, Hayling Avenue, Neville Road, Tangier Road (Portsmouth College) then return via Eastern Road back on its route to The Hard.

The 13 route will be:

From City Centre South, then via Station Street, Fratton Road, Goldsmith Avenue, Eastney Road, Milton Road, Locksway Road, Furze Lane, Moorings Way, Eastern Road, Langstone Road, Milton Road, (St Mary’s Hospital), Velder Avenue then return via Moorings Way back on its route to City Centre South.

There will be some minor changes to the timetable.