Bus route nears its completion

On the evening of October 23,1970 two tankers collided six miles south of the Isle of Wight. 13 crewmen died.

Flames from the oil tanker Pacific Glory could be seen from Portsdown Hill

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THE final touches are being put to construction work on a controversial £25m dedicated bus route.

The first phase of the Eclipse Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route, partially running along the disused railway line from Gosport to Fareham, is nearing completion.

Councillor Mel Kendal, in charge of transport matters at Hampshire County Council, said: ‘The completion of this innovative project will deliver a much-needed public transport option for people living in one of the most congested areas of South East Hampshire.

‘By bringing back the former railway line into public use, the route will provide a viable alternative to the private car for people to access areas of employment and education, which is essential in these lean economic times.’

The new luxury buses will use the phase- one busway for part of their journey with routes extending beyond into the surrounding residential areas.

The first buses are expected to use the route on April 22.