Fareham workers start petition about bus cuts in Hampshire

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WORKERS in areas of Fareham have started a petition after subsidy to the bus that takes them to work has been cut.

The number 26 will no longer run from Fareham to Hedge End and the number 28/28a has been reduced, meaning that workers in Segensworth and Whiteley will face problems getting to and from work.

More than 100 people have signed the petition which is calling in the council to look at more sensible bus times that meet the needs of a commuting workforce to a business district of Fareham, incorporation of Highlands Road into the route and to make an assurance that the buses will be able to accommodate every passenger on the route.

As reported, executive member for transport Sean Woodward signed off the cuts at Hampshire County Council as it looks to save £1.5m from the money it uses to subsidise services.

The council conducted a survey of which more than 3,200 people responded, rating evening and Sunday services as the least vital.

Cllr Woodward said: ‘The survey said that weekday services were most important to bus users, but I have to make savings by cutting the services which are little used.’

The council spends £20m on bus provision every year, of which £13.5m goes towards providing the older persons’ bus pass.

In Hampshire, 72 per cent of bus services are run commercially by companies such as First, with 28 per cent subsidised by the council.

The cutbacks, which also include the removal of the 9am start for the older person’s bus pass, will start on January 4.