High-speed Gosport to Fareham bus route celebrates first year

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A BUS route which has made the journey between Gosport and Fareham quicker for bus users has celebrated its first birthday.

The Eclipse bus service, known as the Bus Rapid Transit or BRT for short, will have been running for a year on Monday, April 22.

ANNIVERSARY The Eclipse Bus service celebrates its first anniversary in Fareham town centre

ANNIVERSARY The Eclipse Bus service celebrates its first anniversary in Fareham town centre

First’s commercial business manager, Steve Hobbs, said that the service has proved popular and that it is an improvement on the old bus routes between Fareham and Gosport.

He said: ‘Our passenger numbers have grown quite significantly since we took on the Eclipse service.’

Passenger journeys have risen to over 1.3m since the bus route was set up last year and the route has 64 per cent more passengers than previous services, bus numbers 82 and 86.

The number of people using public transport between Gosport and Fareham has also risen by 12 per cent.

Fareham town centre was host to one of the events to celebrate the BRT’s anniversary yesterday.

Passers-by were given the chance to enter into a competition to win a free bus ticket or an iPad.

No birthday would be a celebration without cake and balloons, and First were giving both away free.

Don’t worry if you missed out, as ‘Eclipse Angels’ will be out in force at Gosport and Fareham bus stations, on Monday, April 22, between 8am and 10am, handing out birthday cake to bus users.

Passengers at the Fareham event were impressed with the Eclipse service.

Christine Fielding, 71, from Fareham, said: ‘I love it, I use the service all the time. The drivers are friendly. You can even get the news.’

Mark Smith, 40, from Fareham, said: ‘It is very good, the seats are really comfy and the kids love it.’

Kelly Fulford, 30, from Fareham, said: ‘It’s a very good service, the buses are really nice.’

First’s regional marketing manager, Sarah Wallbridge, said: ‘We are so proud of Eclipse. We want to encourage the people of Gosport to join us in celebrating its first birthday by coming along to the town centre day.’

First will be holding another birthday event in Gosport town centre on Thursday, April 18 between 10am and 4pm.