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ROADSHOWS will spread the word about First Group’s overhaul of the region’s bus network.

Customers of the travel firm are being invited to come to a series of events next week and pick up timetables, network maps and information about the changes.

First representatives will be on hand to deal with any concerns people have and unmanned displays will also be set up at a range of locations around the city.

The shake up of almost every route in Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport and Waterlooville it set to come into effect on November 13 as part of the company’s drive to deliver a ‘twenty first century’ bus network.

Portsmouth City Council’s cabinet member for traffic and transportation, Cllr Jason Fazackarley, said he was pleased the company was making an effort to keep people informed.

He said: ‘They are trying to communicate with people, but the difficulty is in making sure the word gets out to everyone.

‘These roadshows are a part of that and are very welcome. It is good to see they are trying to engage with people and spread the word.

‘I have not received as many questions and complaints about the changes as I was expecting. Which could mean people aren’t aware of what’s happening, aren’t worried about it or are contacting the company directly.’

Events will be held at the following times and locations:

· Monday, October 29 – Asda in Waterlooville from 9am until 4pm.

· Wednesday, October 31 – Lawrence Square in Gosport between 9am and 4pm.

· Thursday, November 1 – Commercial Road South, outside the Cascades Shopping Centre in Portsmouth between 9am and 4pm.

· Friday, November 2 – The Podium Bandstand in Fareham from 9am until 5pm.

· Saturday, November 3 – Commercial Road South, outside the Cascades Shopping Centre in Portsmouth between 9am and 4pm.

Unmanned displays will also offer timetable booklets and new network maps throughout the week in Portsmouth Central Library, Southsea Library, the Gosport Ferry Terminal, the First Travel shop at The Hard in Portsmouth, the First Travel shop in Gosport, the First Travel shop in Fareham.

First is also answering comments and queries about the new network on its Facebook page and more information can be found on

For independent advice on how to make journeys call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33.