Hampshire Bus Strategy

Hampshire County Council and Hampshire’s local bus operators formed an Enhanced Partnership (EP) in April 2022, committing to work together towards shared goals of improving bus services in Hampshire. The EP is comprised of two parts, an Enhanced Partnership Plan and an Enhanced Partnership Scheme.

The Enhanced Partnership Plan (also known as Hampshire’s Bus Service Improvement Plan) sets out the ambitions for Hampshire’s Bus Network and how these will be achieved.

The Enhanced Partnership Scheme sets out in more detail the commitments made by both the County Council and Hampshire’s local bus operators towards achieving the ambitions of the EP Plan, including memorialising existing facilities and infrastructure. The scheme also details the EP governance structure and decision-making processes.

The 10 commitments of Hampshire’s Enhanced Partnership

Investment in flagship bus corridors

We commit to delivery of intensive services and focussing investment on our flagship bus corridors in Hampshire, and to ensure that bus routes and networks that serve the County are made easier to understand.

Bus priority measures

Reducing journey times will not only increase the attractiveness of services and drive up demand, but also improve efficiency and help bus operators to maximise fleet utilisation. Therefore, we commit to delivering comprehensive bus priority measures along bus corridors within our main urban areas, to speed up and improve reliability of bus services on well-used corridors.

Simpler ticket options and improved affordability

We will make ticket options easier to understand and improve the affordability of bus travel across Hampshire, but we will do this in a way that grows demand without undermining the viability of services. We commit to initiatives that will greatly simplify and reduce the complexity of tickets and fares, developing tap-on tap-off capped fares as the centrepiece of a clear, ticketing strategy that provides bus customers with improved clarity on fares and better value for money.

Multi-operator ticketing products

We will improve the range of Solent Go multi-operator bus/ferry ticketing products covering the South Hampshire area including Southampton and Portsmouth (using the Breeze App) to meet the needs of customers, both through new markets arising from the pandemic, more use of technology and continuing integration to other modes (public bike and e-scooter hire schemes and passenger rail services). In other areas of Hampshire where there is overlap between operators, we will work with local bus operators to identify suitable joint ticketing arrangements.

Better links with rail, ferry and mobility hubs

In extending the reach of bus services beyond current service patterns, we commit to ensuring that new early morning, evening and weekend services link in effectively to rail and ferry services and that mobility hubs are designed and located so as to encourage and enable easy onward travel by bus.

Bus network presented as a single system

We commit to ensuring that the local bus network is presented as a single system that works together, with clear passenger information.

Improved bus fleet and on-bus environment

We commit to providing customers with a modern bus fleet with a high-quality on-bus environment that meets their needs and to working towards decarbonisation.

Listening to bus passengers

We commit to working to meet and exceed the needs and expectations of bus passengers in Hampshire and give them a stronger voice.

Meeting the public transport travel needs of rural areas

We will trial innovative and value for money approaches under the ‘Connect’ brand that meet the public transport travel needs of rural areas that cannot be viably served by conventional timetabled bus services.

Longer-term transformation of networks

We commit to preparing plans and funding bids to secure investment to enable the longer-term transformation of networks through delivery of Bus Rapid Transit and other significant measures.

Review and progress

The EP Plan and Scheme are reviewed on an annual basis in April. As a result of the review in April 2023, a variation was made to the EP Plan and Scheme. The latest versions can be found below (no changes were made to Annex C).

A Hampshire BSIP and EP Progress Report is produced and published every October beginning with October 2022. These can be found in the Resources section below.

Meeting reports and other documents

Meeting reports and other documents from 2024

Enhanced Partnership Forum Meeting 27 March 2024
Enhanced Partnership Board Meeting 26 March 2024

Meeting reports and other documents from 2023

Enhanced Partnership Board Meeting 31 October 2023
Hampshire BSIP and EP Progress Report October 2023
Enhanced Partnership Forum Meeting 2 October 2023
Enhanced Partnership Board Meeting 30 June 2023
Enhanced Partnership Plan - updated April 2023
Enhanced Partnership Scheme - updated April 2023
Enhanced Partnership Scheme Annex C - Bus stops and stand infrastructure
Enhanced Partnership Forum Meeting 21 March 2023
Enhanced Partnership Board Meeting 6 March 2023

Meeting reports and other documents from 2022

Enhanced Partnership Forum Meeting 15 November 2022
Hampshire BSIP and EP Progress Report October 2022
Solent Transport’s bus related activities October 2022
Enhanced Partnership Board Meeting 8 September 2022
Enhanced Partnership Forum Meeting 6 September 2022
Enhanced Partnership Board Meeting 12 May 2022

Previous versions of the Hampshire EP/BSIP

Hampshire Enhanced Partnership Plan
Hampshire Enhanced Partnership Scheme
Hampshire's Bus Service Improvement Plan

Contact us

Email the team at [email protected] or in writing to:

Passenger Transport
Hampshire 2050
Hampshire County Council
The Castle
Winchester
SO23 8UJ