Hampshire County Council are presently looking at the bus services with a view to reducing subsidies.
Latest news from our County Councillor, Tom Thacker, is that the Cango service C2 which provides a link out to local villages from Whitchurch Railway station is to be withdrawn due to a lack of use. On occasions an empty bus was being subsidised.
The service was aimed at commuters providing a link to the trains from Hurstbourne Tarrant, Stoke and St Mary Bourne areas, having a mix of fixed stops and bookable locations. There were two morning and three evening journeys.
Tom continued with:
“I asked for and received the following assurance from the Executive Member for Environment, who is responsible for buses:”
“[On the] broader question on rural services, in general terms we will ensure that no-one is left without a vital service but this will mean that some services will reduce to an appointment taxi-share at the same time as the bus used to run and at the same ticket price.”
As soon as any other changes to services are known they will be announced.
B&DBC Councillor Keith Watts stated that B&DBC subsidize other routes, namely the 86 and 76. He said, “Despite what it says on the buses, all subsidies [for 76 and 86] are paid for by Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council.”
…and as an aside, some more bus news
last weekend another bus service ran…
…but only for one day!
As part of a bus rally in Alton this vintage bus ran from Whitchurch, picking up in the Square on Sunday morning.
Several local people took advantage of the free buses that covered routes to places not normally accessible by public transport.