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  • Councillor Chris Wood has called for a double decker bus to be used in the afternoon for Bay House School students
  • He says students cannot get home because the bus is too fall
  • But county council and First Bus says the service will stay how it is
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BUSES for students in Gosport are so busy that youngsters are being turned away.

Now Chris Wood, Stubbington ward councillor on Hampshire County Council, has asked for First Bus to introduce a double-decker for pupils leaving Bay House Sixth Form.

He said students have been in touch with him complaining about not being allowed on the bus as it is too full, meaning they cannot get home straight away.

Cllr Wood raised the issue in a council meeting about education.

Speaking to The News, he said: ‘At the meeting with transport officers at the council and people from First, I suggested that a double-decker should be used in the afternoon for students leaving Bay House School. They believe the capacity at present can cope with the number of students, but that isn’t the case.

‘I’ve had students complain to me that they are unable to get home because the bus is too full.

I have had students complain to me that they are unable to get home because the bus is too full.

Councillor Chris Wood

‘As a county council, we’re responsible for providing transport for students.

‘Students trying to get to Stubbington or along that route cannot get home.’

Last year, a double-decker was brought in for the morning to help with the number of students going to the school, in Gomer Lane, Gosport.

Cllr Wood added: ‘Last year, we had the same problem and a double-decker was introduced. I’d like to see this happen in the afternoon.’

He said that although the current bus is big with extra room for standing, it was not large enough for the students and residents.

Currently, the number 55 bus goes from St Vincent’s College, to Bay House school and towards Lee-on-the-Solent before heading to Stubbington.

Councillor Sean Woodward, executive member for transport at the county council, said it was up to First which services it runs.

‘They do not feel the need for a double-decker bus because the one at the moment is suitable,’ he said.

‘The service will remain as it is because there is enough room for the students.’

First Bus declined to comment.