Public Transport News

Important information on rail service changes this summer

The link below provides important advance information about changes to train services this Summer arising from ongoing infrastructure upgrades to Waterloo Station.

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Summer Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday Bus Service

Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership have announced details of this year’s free Summer Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday rail bus link. As usual the service, operated by Test Valley Community Transport Services, links up with the trains at Romsey and Mottisfont and Dunbridge Stations to allow access to tourist attractions and beautiful countryside of the Lower Test Valley.

But this year the service has been enhanced by the provision of another bus from Stockbridge to Andover, via Danebury Hill Fort, The Museum of Army Flying, The Hawk Conservancy and Grateley Railway Station. This Service 77 will be operated by Stagecoach Buses and will charge fares. The idea is that the two services link up at Stockbridge to provide a through service from north and south, effectively recreating the old Sprat and Winkle Railway line that closed on a similar route in 1967 with the Beeching cuts.

So 50 years on the route is back, providing public transport links on a Summer Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday to most of Test Valley’s tourist attractions and rail stations between 30 April and 17 September 2017.

Details can be viewed below.

Buses across Hampshire to go contactless

Hampshire County Council has recently announced that nearly 900 buses across Hampshire are to benefit from contactless payment technology which will allow passengers to pay for tickets with their cards which will, in turn, help to speed up journey times.
Paying by card makes buying a bus fare easier for passengers and quicker for bus drivers, speeding up overall journey time. Passengers will still be able to pay for their journeys with cash should they wish to do so.

These devices will be installed on Bluestar, First, Stagecoach and Unilink services with the buses being equipped starting in May 2017. This has been made possible due to £900K funding from Hampshire County Council and a further £700K funding from the bus companies.