Fareham to Gosport bus scheme brings award success

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THE Bus Rapid Transit route between Fareham and Gosport could help win an award for the county council.

Hampshire County Council is one of four authorities in the running for the ‘Transport County of the Year’ at the National Transport Awards.

The shortlist has just come out and winners will be announced in October.

The awards recognise the successes achieved on local transport projects.

The county council is also shortlisted for two further categories.

One is for the Transport Partnership Award for its joint working with First Hampshire and Dorset on the Eclipse BRT Phase 1 route in Gosport.

The Employee of the Year award is also up for grabs for Sylvia Rosewarn, a school crossing patrol officer.

Sylvia has been shortlisted as she has worked with children at Orchard Lea Infant School in Fareham for 35 years.

Councillor Mel Kendal, in charge of transport in Hampshire, said: ‘Keeping Hampshire moving is a priority for Hampshire County Council.

‘The importance to quality of life and the economic prospects of Hampshire of being able to travel around for work, for school, or for leisure, cannot be underestimated.’

Marc Reddy, regional commercial and business growth director for First, said: ‘We are thrilled to be shortlisted with Hampshire County Council for a National Transport Award.

‘The Eclipse service has been successful since day one, with many people using the buses and being impressed with all the service has to offer them.’