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Designed with the future in mind

The ZIP Bus Priority Corridor was designed to offer a viable alternative to car travel in one of the busiest parts of south Hampshire. Completed in 2008, the ZIP Corridor provides a reliable, safe, clean and frequent bus service that helps reduce the thousands of car journeys made into and out of Portsmouth every day.  

To allow for predicted growth in population and road use over the next few years, and to ensure that the ZIP 8 service can continue to offer a reliable alternative to car travel, special measures have been built into the route.

These include

  • 6.5km of bus lanes,
  • new signals that give buses priority over other traffic at busy junctions,
  • a bus-only zone in the centre of Waterlooville.


In 2009 First purchased a new fleet of buses for its route 8, complete with the unique white, purple and green ZIP livery. Each can accommodate 41 seated passengers, with space for one wheelchair and 34 people standing. They have integral CCTV for enhanced passenger safety and low floors with ‘kneeling’ step entrances to aid those with mobility problems. They are also fitted with manual ramps for disability access.

Bus stops

We know that bus users want a reliable and safe service that is easy to use, and the ZIP bus shelters are designed to meet these needs. For increased security, the ZIP route has a network of 19 mast-mounted CCTV cameras and six bus stops fitted with internal mini-CCTV.

Travel information

Travel information display screens are included in most ZIP bus stops. These display the expected times of the next four buses, and have an additional aural mode for visually impaired passengers, which can be activated by a special fob (to request a fob, please contact Hampshire County Council – 0845 6035638).

Travel information buttons have been installed in all bus stops between The Brow, Widley and Hazelton Way, Horndean. Pressing the button will link you to a Traveline operator who will give you travel directions on public transport.

In addition to key fob activation of the information screens, special features for people with restricted mobility or vision include:

  • bus kerbs,
  • tactile guidance within bus shelters and,
  • for the Waterlooville section, an illuminated timetable case on the bus stop pole.