Public transport

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Eclipse bus network

Eclipse is Hampshire's priority bus network, designed to raise your bus travel experience to the next level. The Eclipse network links key towns and destinations in south east Hampshire, providing a viable alternative to car travel. This includes a 3.4km dedicated off-road busway between Redlands Lane in Fareham and Tichborne Way in Gosport.

Changes to bus services

Visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33 for the latest public transport information.

Check with operators for any changes to their services and timetables.

Government Grants for Public Transport Services in Hampshire

Bus Services Operating Grant (BSOG)

Following the Government’s decision in 2013 to devolve to Local Authorities the Bus Services Operators Grant (BSOG), Local Authorities are obliged, as a condition of this grant, to publicise how they have made use of this funding.

2019/20

In the year 2019/20, Hampshire County Council’s BSOG payment of £1.068m was incorporated into the revenue budget for supported bus services and divided between these services proportionally.

This confirmation is usually made to the Department for Transport via a short survey. Due to the impact of COVID-19, the Department for Transport have made the decision not to undertake this survey this year.

2020/21

In the year 2020/21, Hampshire County Council’s BSOG payment of £1.068m was incorporated into the revenue budget for supported services and divided between these services proportionately.

Local authorities are required to report on how they have made use of the devolved funds and any decision making processes that followed. This is done by completing and submitting a short survey to the Department for Transport. This information will be published here on the County Council’s website.

COVID-19 Bus Services Support Grant (CBSSG)

The CBSSG grant was provided by the Department for Transport to local transport authorities for 12 weeks from 17 March 2020.

Hampshire County Council received £509,423 to help support tendered bus services. This was used to reimburse operators for some of their lost revenue during this period.

The Local Transport Authority COVID-19 Bus Service Support Grant (CBSSG) restart scheme

This scheme provided follow-on funding as follows:

£305,654 for the period 9 June to 3 August 2020

£339,615 for the period 4 August to 28 September 2020

£339,615 for the period 29 September to 24  November 2020

£339,615 for the period 25 November 2020 to 18 January 2021

£259,142 for the period 19 January to 15 March 2021

£272,537 for the period 16 March to 10 May 2021

£106,094 PPE and Restart funding for the period 9 June to 18 January 2021.

Further tranches of funding are expected.

All CBSSG grant funding is used in accordance with conditions as set out by the Department for Transport and is subject to audit.

National Bus Strategy

Information and progress on Hampshire’s response to the National Bus Strategy.

Introduction

In March 2021 the Government published the Bus Back Better long-term strategy for buses in England. This places obligations on LTAs to publish a Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP), and form Enhanced Partnerships with bus operators, with the central aim of getting more people to use the bus by investing in improving services. £3 Billion of funding is available across England (outside London) for this purpose.

Hampshire’s Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP)

The BSIP is a high level strategic document which sets out our joint vision with operators for improving local bus services in Hampshire and key interventions to deliver it.

Our vision: “Within Hampshire, the County Council and bus operators recognise that the bus has huge untapped potential to cater for a larger share of everyday journeys. Through a programme of co-ordinated and sustained investment, over the next decade we will deliver a renaissance in bus passenger travel, which will see the number of journeys made by bus increase year-on-year. This BSIP will be a catalyst for bus passenger growth across the whole of Hampshire by creating the conditions to achieve a virtuous circle of investment and passenger growth. This will be a process of positive, sustained change. Growing bus use will contribute to a wide range of other policy objectives, such as de-carbonising travel, reducing inequalities and using road-space much more efficiently.”

Hampshire’s BSIP has been produced in collaboration with bus operators and key stakeholders and was approved by the Executive Lead Member for Economy, Transport and Environment on 28 October 2021.

Enhanced Partnerships (EP)

The Enhanced Partnership is a statutory partnership between Hampshire County Council and operators of qualifying local bus services which sets out how we will work together to deliver the Hampshire Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) outcomes. It is comprised of two parts, an Enhanced Partnership Plan and an Enhanced Partnership Scheme.

Delegated authority to make the Hampshire EP Plan and EP Scheme, was given to the Director of Economy, Transport and Environment at the Executive Lead Member for Economy, Transport and Environment Decision Day on 10 March 2022.

Bus users forum

To support on-going development and engagement work on the bus strategy, a Hampshire, Southampton and Portsmouth Bus Users Forum will be set up to ensure that bus passengers needs and views remain central to this work. If you would like to be a part of this forum, please email us at hampshire.bus.strategy@hants.gov.uk.

Resources

Hampshire’s Bus Service Improvement Plan

Hampshire Enhanced Partnership Plan

Hampshire Enhanced Partnership Scheme

Enhanced Partnership Scheme Annex C - Bus stops and stand infrastructure

Contact us

Email the Local Bus Team at hampshire.bus.strategy@hants.gov.uk or in writing to:

Economy, Transport and Environment Department
Hampshire County Council
The Castle
Winchester
SO23 8UJ

TCF Transport Projects

To contact the School Transport Team, email school.transport@hants.gov.uk or phone 01962 846924. If you need to speak to the SEN Service about placements please visit their website for contact information.