Bus operator says it will operate Portsmouth’s new park and ride scheme

DEAL 'First bus are set to run Portsmouth's new park and ride scheme
DEAL 'First bus are set to run Portsmouth's new park and ride scheme
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FIRST Bus has announced it has been selected to run Portsmouth’s new park and ride scheme.

The company’s managing director Marc Reddy tweeted the news today, saying; ‘really pleased to be announced as preferred bidder for the brand new Portsmouth P&R service from next year.’

It follows a meeting of Portsmouth City Council’s cabinet on Monday, which picked its preferred bidder.

This afternoon, councillors will decide whether to approve plans for a single-storey passenger waiting building to go on the park and ride, which is being developed off the M275 southbound Tipner sliproad.

Council officers recommend it should be given permission but have attached conditions.

As previously reported in The News, they say CCTV should be installed before the park and ride is opened, and advise that the building should only be used as support for the park and ride site.

The park and ride is being built as part of a £28m scheme which includes a new bus lane on the M275 and a motorway junction.

The project, which is due to be completed by spring next year, will include turning bays for buses and a car park with more than 660 parking spaces.