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Award Winning Partnership - Hampshire County Council and First Hampshire & Dorset

Monday, 21 October 2013

Hampshire County Council and First Hampshire & Dorset, have won the Transport Team Partnership of Year Award, for the Eclipse Bus Rapid Transit scheme, in the National Transport Awards 2013.

Eclipse BRT delivers a real public transport alternative for people living and working in one of South Hampshire's most congested areas. It comprises 3.4km of dedicated busway, running along a disused public railway line, from Redlands Lane in Fareham to Tichborne Way in Gosport.

To build the scheme Hampshire County Council secured £20 million Government funding, from the Homes and Communities Agency, to construct a bus-only route. First Group invested significantly in providing 14 new, high specification buses, and developing a fast, frequent, comfortable and reliable service between Gosport and Fareham using the new busway.

Councillor Seán Woodward, Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: "This is excellent news for the County Council. Successful delivery of Eclipse BRT has only been possible as a result of this partnership. From the earliest stages of design, we have had an extremely good working relationship with First Hampshire & Dorset and, undoubtedly, this is one of the reasons why Eclipse BRT has gone from strength to strength. This award recognises the hard work and dedication of both organisations and I am confident that our exemplary partnership will continue well into the future."

Marc Reddy, Managing Director, First Hampshire, Dorset & Berkshire said: "It is great news that the partnership behind this highly successful and popular bus service has been presented with a National Transport Award. It really demonstrates the high standards and commitment shown by the teams behind the service and emphasises how good partnership working with Hampshire County Council delivers excellent transport provision."

Eclipse BRT is proving to be extremely popular with passengers. The Eclipse E1 and E2 services now carry 65 per cent more passengers than the services they directly replaced (the 82 and 86). The overall route carried approximately 1.5 million passengers in its first year and encouraged more people to use the bus instead of their car.

The National Transport Awards are supported by the Department for Transport and Passenger Focus.

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