COUNCIL officials are hoping the government will fund a multi-million pound package of travel improvements in Hampshire.
Transport for South Hampshire, which is a partnership between Portsmouth City Council, the county council and other authorities across the area, has asked for £18m so it can improve travel.
Proposals in the bid include an improved ticket service for bus and ferry travel.
Councillor Mel Kendal, chairman of transport for South Hampshire and executive member for environment and transport at the county council, said: ‘While south Hampshire already makes a significant contribution to the economy, improving the ability to get around is key to the economic prospects of this area.
‘We need to help residents and businesses by ensuring people can get to areas of employment and education in a reliable way and one that is cost-effective for them.
‘We need to ensure they have options and information available, and we need to do whatever we can to tackle congestion to ensure Hampshire keeps moving not only to safeguard the quality of life we are rightly proud of, but also to position this county as one that is economically competitive.
‘If we should be successful in this bid, the funding will enable us to put a number of wide-ranging initiatives in place to significantly improve how people can travel around.’