Solent Transport

South East Hampshire Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

Overview of the BRT scheme

What is a Bus Rapid Transit system?

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a broad term given to a variety of transportation systems that, through improvements to infrastructure, vehicles and scheduling, use buses to provide a service that is of a higher quality than an ordinary bus line.

Unlike light rail solutions, which serve concentrated corridors, buses can be introduced at relatively low cost in a shorter timeframe, and have few physical constraints, allowing them to serve all parts of an urban area.  

The rapid transit bus has the advantage that it can run on dedicated routes free of other traffic, as well as on ordinary roads, bypassing congested parts of the highway network and serving housing estates, local shopping centres, hospitals and other locations.  Bus rapid transit systems have high quality, purpose-built stops with comprehensive information systems and comfortable waiting facilities for passengers.

South East Hampshire Bus Rapid Transit

The wider BRT network connects key towns and destinations in South East Hampshire including Gosport, Fareham and Portsmouth, the Queen Alexandra Hospital, Port Solent, Tipner and ultimately Havant, Waterlooville, Segensworth and Whiteley.

The network will also be designed to connect with proposed major new development sites including the future North Fareham Strategic Development Area. One recently completed phase of the network is the ZIP Bus Priority Corridor from Clanfield to Gunwharf Quays.

Ultimately, the wider BRT network will directly benefit 100,000 households (around 230,000 people who live within 1km of the proposed scheme), giving them a viable alternative to car travel.

BRT Phase 1 – Fareham to Gosport

BRT Phase 1 is the first phase of the proposed South East Hampshire BRT scheme.  

BRT Phase 1 includes high quality waiting facilities with

  • real-time passenger information advising on the arrival times of the next buses
  • seating
  • lighting
  • closed-circuit TV for security, and
  • special features to ensure accessibility for all.

The buses that travel on the BRT Phase 1 route will be subject to a special agreement between Hampshire County Council and South Hampshire Bus Operators’ Association.  The result will be a more efficient service using new, comfortable, low-emission buses that will raise the bus travel experience to a higher level.

BRT Phase 1 is being delivered in two phases:

  • Phase 1A – Redlands Lane to Tichborne Way
  • Phase 1B – Tichborne Way to Military Road

Phases 1A and 1B follow the disused railway line between Redlands Lane, Fareham and Military Road, Gosport.  They bring back a disused public transport route into use as a new, dedicated (bus and cycle only) corridor for reliable and frequent bus travel in one of the most congested parts of Hampshire.  

Using the new busway, buses will be able to avoid congested parts of the busy A32 so that passengers can benefit from reliable journey times and can plan their onward travel connections – a must for commuters.

To see how the route will look when it is in operation, please take a look at our video visualisation:
BRT video visualisation (HantsPlayer pages)

Phase 1A - Redlands Lane to Tichborne Way

£20 million of funding has been provided for Phase 1A of the project by the Government, via the Homes and Communities Agency.  This phase will be completed by early 2012 and buses will be operational soon after.

Phase 1B - Tichborne Way to Military Road

Detailed design of this section is currently underway.

Detailed design of this section is currently underway.