Socially necessary bus service to be scrapped in Hampshire

Socially necessary bus service to be scrapped in Hampshire

A vital bus service in Portsmouth is being scrapped next year, leaving some residents without access to the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham. Bus Users has added its voice to the concerns of local people reliant on the service. Chief Executive, Claire Walters, said: “A bus service that connects people to their local hospital is clearly a socially necessary service, which the Council is legally obliged to provide under Section 63 of the 1985 Transport Act.

“Cutting this service will add to the burden on already oversubscribed hospital transport services and lead to yet more people being stuck in A&E or in discharge lounges because they simply can’t get home.

“Hampshire County Council needs to fund a detour that would allow everyone, including the most vulnerable people, to access the healthcare they need.”

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