Praise for decision to bring back Fareham and Gosport bus route after £4,000 subsidy

The number 11 bus will return
The number 11 bus will return
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AN AXED Saturday bus service linking Fareham with Brockhurst, Gosport and Alverstoke is set to resume next month following council intervention.

Gosport Borough Council has agreed to pay First Bus £4,000 to subsidise the number 11 bus, which will come back into service on February 21.

The number 11 stopped running on January 10 after Hampshire County Council withdrew its funding for the route.

First Solent general manager Dervla McKay praised the decision.

She said: ‘This is great news for our customers in the Gosport area, especially those living in Alverstoke who will now be able to make the journey into Gosport to do their Saturday shopping.

‘This also applies to our customers living along the A32 corridor as this is the only service which runs along the whole stretch of the road between Fareham and Gosport.

‘We hope the reappearance of this Saturday service will encourage more people to think about using the bus as their preferred means of transport, especially on busy days such as Saturdays.’

Gosport Borough Council leader, Councillor Mark Hook, said he wanted to encourage as many residents as possible to use the service to ensure the route stayed viable.

Cllr Hook said: ‘We recognise the valuable role public transport plays for the residents of Gosport and are pleased to be able to reinstate the number 11 service.

‘This is particularly important as it will reduce cars on the A32, something we are always keen to do.’

Hill Head Residents Association committee member Richard Astbury also said bringing back the service was a good move.