BUS company chiefs have revealed a raft of changes to routes and timetables that are due to take effect next month.

Stagecoach has announced adjustments to eight of its services in and around the town, with the new timetables set to come into effect as of Sunday, December 1.

The changes include an “improved” number 8 service which will replace the existing route 8 and 9 services – news that residents last week expressed their disappointment about.

Other adjustments include later journey times for a number of routes across certain days and evenings as well as a slight reduction to the number 6 service.

The full list of changes due to take effect from December 1 is as follows:

Service 1: Minor timetable changes with later journeys on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

Service 2: Minor timetable changes with a later journey on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and a new earlier journey towards Basingstoke on weekdays.

Service 3: Minor timetable changes with later journeys all week.

Service 5: Minor timetable changes with a new evening journey at 2300 journey on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Service 6: Revised timetable, with evening journeys no longer extending to Chineham. Evening buses will run every 30 minutes between Winklebury, town centre and East Popley, with last buses departing after midnight at weekends.

Service 7: Evening and Sunday buses will now run every 30 minutes via Lychpit, with late buses until after midnight at weekends. There are minor changes at other times to improve punctuality.

Services 8 and 9: A new route and timetable for route 8, replacing the current route 8 & 9 timetable. Buckskin and Kempshott Lane will see an improved frequency with buses running up to every 12 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes evenings and Sundays. The last bus from town on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays will be at ten past midnight.

Service 11: Sunday buses will run 20 minutes later throughout, to provide a co-ordinated frequency with the improved service 76 timetable.

For more information go to stagecoachbus.com/service-updates/