Saturday was a sad day for public transport in Whitchurch as the financial cuts made by Hampshire County Council start to take hold.

On board the last evening bus from Winchester.

No longer will there be a weekend evening service to enjoy a visit to Winchester, with its theatre, cinema and fine pubs.
Three buses are being cut from the timetable – the 8.45pm, 10.00pm and the 11.15pm departures from Winchester.

At precisely 11.48pm the last No.86, run by Stagecoach, completed its journey as it pulled up outside the White Hart last night.
On its 33-minute trip from Winchester it had been carrying passengers to Springvale, South Wonston, Sutton Scotney and Bullington, before the A34 haul up to Whitchurch.

Nick drove the bus on route 86 for nearly 5 years.

The friendly driver Nick, who has been on this route for nearly five years, told us how much he had enjoyed working on the service, having met so many passengers…

“I am sorry to see it end” he said. “Some evenings it was quite full”.

HCC Councillors have decided that the services which was run from the Winchester depot, can no longer be supported, leaving the alternative as a long rail journey via Basingstoke or an expensive taxi.

The last passenger alights from the last bus at the last stop.

The 86 service continues to run during the daytime on Mondays to Saturdays, with the last bus from Winchester now leaving at 7.35pm.

The 86 timetable can be obtained from:

86 BUS TIMETABLE

Comments (1)

  • The Mayor

    A very sad day, yet another cut for those living outside the larger towns and city’s. This isolates further our rural communities and encourages yet again more use of the car, for those fortunate enough to have that alternative.

    On the brighter side, a great bit of reporting, well done.

    Barry

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