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11 August  - Abi is a winner

Abi Flowerday, a 17 year old student from Cosham, is set to zip around Hampshire by bus from now on, as she was named as the lucky winner of Hampshire County Council and First's ZIP Bus Priority Corridor competition which ran on Wave 105 FM recently.

Running during May the competition on Wave 105 FM offered local people the chance to win a FirstYear Hampshire bus ticket, worth £540, with 10 further runners up winning FirstMonth tickets. To take part people simply had to enter a prize draw on the radio station's website.

Of the many hundreds of entries Abi's name was picked out at random, so on Thursday 21 July she met with Councillor Mel Kendal, Executive Member for Environment and Transport, Hampshire County Council; Chris Chester, ZIP Corridor Business Manager, First Hampshire and Dorset, and Steve Power from Wave 105 FM's Breakfast programme to receive her FirstYear ticket, which will enable her to travel as often as she wishes on any First bus in Hampshire.

Talking about the win, Abi says: "I use the bus a lot to travel to and from Southdowns College where I am studying for my A levels, and to get in and out of the city centre. I find the buses convenient - they get me where I need to go quickly and easily and that gives me a sense of independence that I wouldn't otherwise have. I'm thrilled to have won this prize; it will make a real difference to me, enabling me to travel further around Hampshire while saving me lots of money. I previously had a bus pass that just covered travel into Portsmouth, but this is so much better."

Councillor Mel Kendal says: "I'm very pleased to be presenting this prize to Abi who is using the pass to travel to college to study for her A levels. Providing a transport infrastructure which supports access to areas of employment and education is vital in these economic times, and enabling an A level student to get to college independently is a good example of this. The ZIP corridor was launched in November 2008 to provide a priority route for bus services between Clanfield and Gunwharf Quays. Since then it has attracted significant numbers of people who want to take advantage of more reliable journey times while travelling to and from Portsmouth."

Chris Chester, First Hampshire and Dorset's Business Manager for the ZIP Corridor adds: "I'm delighted that Abi has won this ticket, she will no doubt get a great deal of use out of it, using our buses to get out and about over the next 12 months. It's great timing for her too; as she prepares to break up from college for the summer holidays she'll be able to use the buses to really make the most of her summer break. Congratulations Abi."

May 2011 - Real-time bus arrivals now online

Passengers using the ZIP 8 bus service can now benefit from real-time bus arrival information online as well as on-screen in bus shelters along the route.

Just go to and click on the route map. From here, you can select your stop and zoom in for real-time bus arrival data for the next four buses, as well as a Txt4times reference for updates direct to your mobile.