Bus consultation under way
Bus passengers in Chandler’s Ford have an opportunity to have their say on local bus services today as a mobile bus surgery is being held at Fryern Hill and Hiltingbury.
Local operators Velvet Bus recently decided they had to withdraw the C1/C2 route for commercial reasons and rather than see passengers left stranded Hampshire County Council and Eastleigh Borough Council got together to fund a replacement service for Hiltingbury so that the locals can still access key amenities and shops in Chandler’s Ford
HCC have had a large cut in funding from central government due to austerity measures and need to ensure the limited funding available for transport is delivered effectively.
Chandler’s Ford based Xelabus have provided a bus for today’s surgery and representatives from HCC and EBC are on board sound out views and answer questions.
The bus is parked outside Waitrose this morning from 10 am – 12 noon and at Ashdown Road from 1pm – 3pm.
If you can’t make it, there is an online questionnaire along with more information here
The surgery was busy this morning when Eastleigh News visited it and Council officers on board spoke of how bus provision was a good example of how our local authorities can work together to maintain essential services for residents in the face of cuts.
Public Transport is not an issue which is the responsibility of the Borough council and Eastleigh is one of the few councils in Hampshire actively subsiding it.
Possible alternative solutions may include use of dial-a-ride and taxi share schemes.
The consultation closes February 15.