More residents see benefits of Call & Go service
Tuesday, 07 May 2013
In the past two months, Havant's community bus service - Call & Go - has attracted 165 new regular passengers but its operators, Community First HEH, say there is still room for more.
Havant Call and Go (formerly Havant Dial a Ride) is a flexible bus service which can pick people up from their home address and take them wherever they need to go within the service area. Operating across the borough of Havant, as well as Horndean, Clanfield and Rowlands Castle, the service operates on five days of the week - Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Additionally, the Call & Go service includes a journey to and from Commercial Road in Portsmouth on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
For many passengers the service is a lifeline to get out and about and is used by them to get to the shops, health centres, to visit friends and relatives or to go to leisure centres. The vehicles used have low-adapted floors so they are ideal for use by passengers who use wheelchairs.
Mrs Sue Tucker is a regular user of the service and like so many other passengers, relies on the Havant Call and Go to get her to the shops and to visit her family. She said: "It's become part of my life." Mrs Yvonne Hogarth, who has been using the service since it began, really values the independence and social aspect that the service offers her, commenting "You meet up with different people and have a chat. It just lifts you mentally. Just to get out, that in itself, means so much". She was also full of praise for the drivers who, she said "are always so helpful".
Passengers do need to register for the service but there is no charge to do so. Fares range from £1.65 to £4.70.Those who have a concessionary fare bus pass are eligible to use the service at half price. For more information about the service and to request an application form to join the scheme, please contact Hampshire County Council on 0845 602 4135.
The service is jointly funded by Hampshire County Council, Havant Borough Council and East Hampshire District Council.