Bus firm shuts up shop in Gosport


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A BUS company has shut its shop in Gosport.

First Hampshire will close the travel office at the bus station in South Street at the end of the month.

The firm said customers can still get bus service information and tickets from the Tourist Information Centre, at the bus station.

It comes as the office was closed when there were timetable changes last month.

Anglesey ward councillor Alan Scard is leading the fight over the number nine, which has been severely cut.

He said: ‘It’s almost like do they want people to use their bus? I just despair sometimes – they’re not really encouraging people to use the bus.

‘That will be more people upset I expect.’

As reported, the number nine service was cut back as First say it is not viable.

Cllr Scard, Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage and Cllr Graham Burgess met bus bosses but it has not been returned to its prior service.

Chrissie Bainbridge, General Manager, from the firm, said: ‘We are sorry to see it go but it made economic sense to merge with the travel information centre so that customers and visitors to the town can pick up information from the same source.

‘Other factors, such as increased use of the internet to access information and download timetables, have seen a reduction in the number of customers using the shop.’

Staff will be redeployed. Its last day of trading will be March 1.