Hartley Wintney gets new bus service
Monday, 28 January 2013
Hartley Wintney residents are set to benefit from a new community transport service funded entirely from local developer contributions.
Following a tendering process, Hartley Wintney Parish Council has been awarded a contract to operate the new service which will be kick-started by money available from the Dilly Lane developers. The service is expected to cover its own costs once it has become established. The parish council will then continue to run the service independently.
A survey by Hartley Wintney Parish Council into the transport needs of the local community has been used to specify the community transport service that will be provided. The service will provide Monday to Friday peak time commuter trips to Winchfield Station, twice weekly shopping services to the Meadows Shopping Centre in Camberley and to Basingstoke Hospital, a weekly trip to Basingstoke College of Technology, a Saturday Shopper Service to the Meadows Shopping Centre, and a minibus group hire service for local voluntary and community groups. The minibus will be accessible which means that older and disabled people will find it easier to use.
Councillor Mel Kendal, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council said:
"It is good news that Hartley Wintney residents will have access to this new community bus service. Against a background of reduced Government subsidies for bus journeys this shows we are finding new ways to promote community transport, keep Hampshire moving and support our communities by promoting well-being and economic prosperity. Although we are still facing enormous budget pressures, schemes such as this enable us to provide essential services that are so important for Hampshire's residents, particularly in rural areas."