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Bus service 507 to continue in Eastleigh

Monday, 12 August 2013

Hampshire County Council has secured an independent bus operator to take over the 507 bus service in Eastleigh.

Velvet has taken over the 507 route in Eastleigh, which is used by secondary school pupils in Valley Park to get to Toynbee School. The new service will start on 2 September 2013.

When Xelabus Limited announced it was going to discontinue the 507 service because it considered the route no longer economically viable, Hampshire County Council worked hard to secure a new provider so that school pupils could continue to benefit from this service.

Cllr Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council said:

"I am delighted that Velvet is able to take over the 507 route in Eastleigh at such short notice. Hampshire County Council had already informed the pupils affected that the route may discontinue, so it is with great pleasure that we are now able to announce that they will not see any disruption to the start of their new school year."

There will be a slight increase in fares to meet the new providers' costs. A single fare will cost £1.30 and a return fare £2.20. A weekly ticket will also be available for £10.

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