Hampshire County Council to award new transport contracts

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COMMUNITY transport services will carry on taking passengers in the new year when the county council awards new contracts.

Hampshire County Council will award new contracts worth around £800,000 to organisations in Fareham, Gosport and East Hampshire.

The services are also proposing a number of improvements to their service.

East Hampshire Call and Go is proposing to offer an extra monthly service and to take people to the household waste recycling centre in Bordon.

Fareham’s Dial-a-Ride wants to increase the number of days its second vehicle operates from three days to five days a week.

And Gosport Dial-a-Ride is proposing to offer an additional full day service.

Councillor Mel Kendal, who is in charge of transport at the county council, said: ‘We are still facing enormous pressures on our budget and it is important we ensure we manage our resources carefully to maintain essential services.

‘Investment in community transport is important and in considering the tender bids, we are satisfied that communities will continue to receive a good level of service which meets people’s needs.’

The future of Havant’s Call and Go Service will be decided at a later date following a decision by Havant Borough Council.

Current contracts with community transport providers will expire on January 31 next year. The new contracts will run from February.