New bus service now available between Hayling and Portsmouth
Commuters wanting to travel on public transport between Hayling Island and Portsmouth will be able to much more easily from Monday 24th September.
The new 149 route is being launched to run from Eastoke Corner to the Hayling Island ferry terminus to link with the 300 metre ferry journey to Portsmouth, for a six-month trial period.
The Hayling community bus service, funded by Community Infrastructure Levy money agreed by Havant borough councillors, will connect the much-needed public transport links.
Councillor Tim Pike, Deputy Leader of Havant Borough Council and Cabinet lead for Finance and Regeneration said: “The reintroduction of this public transport network will be a huge benefit to people needing to get to and from Hayling Island and Portsmouth. It is hoped that commuters will choose this route and help to reduce congestion and vehicle pollution.
“Local councillors have worked with community enthusiasts to achieve this essential bus link between the Hayling ferry and residential and tourist areas on the island.”
The initiative has been championed by the Hayling Ferry Working Party and has led to the whole of the Portsmouth and Hayling coastline being connected by public transport for the first time since 2015.
After the six-month trial period, the bus services will be assessed. If the services prove to be viable, this new service could then be extended to the weekends.
Timetables are available online and at Beachlands Visitor Information Centre. It will also be circulated for display at local attractions and on noticeboards.