Community transport to continue – but lose a day


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A COMMUNITY minibus will continue in the Havant and East Hampshire areas – but will lose a day of operation because of a funding cut.

Havant Call and Go operates a door-to-door transport service for people who cannot use local buses or find them difficult to use.

Hampshire County Council will be awarding a new two-year contract to ensure the minibus continues to run.

The daily service level will remain the same but will be operated over five days a week instead of six.

The service will now run on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

A recent study of passenger use of the Havant Call and Go service showed it is used least on Thursdays.

County council officials are in the process of contacting existing users of the service to make people aware of these changes.

The scheme is joint-funded by Havant and East Hampshire councils.

Councillor Mel Kendal, in charge of transport in Hampshire, said the authority was facing ‘enormous pressures’ on the budget this year due to government cuts.

He added: ‘Investment in community transport is important and we are satisfied residents will continue to receive a good level of service which meets their needs, particularly those who find accessing a conventional bus service difficult.’