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Bus will connect outlying communities with central Tadley
A NEW community bus service, dreamed up by three local parish councils, was officially launched last week by the mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Councillor Dan Putty.
The six-month pilot of the service will see the bus run every Wednesday and Friday.
The route will go from Sherborne St John, to Monk Sherborne, Ramsdell, Wolverton and Kingsclere before heading to Tadley via Ashford Hill and Baughurst, with other stops on the way.
Basingstoke Community Transport is operating the scheme using local drivers and a minibus with wheelchair access.
Return fares range from between £1.50 to £8 depending on the length of the journey.
Those with concessionary bus passes can use the service for free. There are plans to extend the service if the pilot is a success.
Councillor Warwick Lovegrove, Hampshire county councillor for Tadley and Baughurst said: “I am very happy to support this new initiative.
“Residents living away from the usual bus routes, or who have problems accessing public transport, will now have the chance to use this service into Tadley or to other villages on the route.
“Bus passes can be used so this is a great alternative to paying for a taxi to visit the doctors or collect a prescription and there will be time to do a bit of shopping or have a natter over a cup of coffee too.
“But residents need to use it during the trial period to show it is needed.”
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