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- Terry (10th Jul 2019 @ 22:28:33)

Is it me or is it ridiculous that there is now only 1 bus every 2 hours? And still no buses on the weekend? If the government want us to use public transport why are they reducing the timetable? Atleast last year there was a bus every hour even if it was late...

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- Peter (11th Jul 2019 @ 20:22:33)

It's not government, buses in Hampshire are all private, eg Stagecoach and it's them who you should approach

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- Kate (11th Jul 2019 @ 22:33:32)

Once Boris becomes PM we can ask for some Boris bikes.

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- Pete (12th Jul 2019 @ 07:32:08)

Peter. It is the government, they were the ones that privatised the public transport infrastructure of this country and they are responsible for subsidising (or making sure local authorities have enough money to) non profitable routes. If as the original poster says they want us out of our cars the ball is firmly in their court.

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- Dawn Hoskins (12th Jul 2019 @ 10:37:38)

That was one of the things that made me laugh about the proposed big housing development in Passfield. To permit not having one car per adult of driving age (a necessity in Passfield) they actually mentioned that there was a sustainable transport option to get to work and school etc...... What planet are they living on?

Some of you may know that I have a heart implant and a defibrillator sewn into my chest. the upside is I won't die of a cardiac arrest again, but the downside is, if the defib goes off - I can't drive for 6 months. Trying to get to any kind of appointment during my non-driving periods is impossible without taking a 4-hour detour into Basingstoke. I also was permanently getting stranded as the last bus home is often as early as 4:30 pm from the Alton end and at the weekends I had to 'toss-up' whether I wanted to lose my independence - or be stuck at home.

I imagine we are in a similar position to every other small village around the country. It is not cost efficient to run big empty buses. If Central Government was in charge they would run them as a community benefit, but a company which demands profits for shareholders won't be so kind. When we lived in Hongkong they have a great system of mini-buses that permanently run [full up] on specific routes. A much better idea.

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- Helen (12th Jul 2019 @ 12:45:35)

Hong Kong is a totally different scenario where most people are living in a central location and do not have a driveway with space for 2 cars. The public transport in London is well used and would equate to the scenario of Hong Kong.

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- Elizabeth (12th Jul 2019 @ 12:47:34)


Maybe an idea for an enterprising individual - a local minibus service. Couldn't we use the ones for the school runs that seem to stand around empty all day?

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- Dawn Hoskins (12th Jul 2019 @ 17:13:43)

we lived in Pok fu Lam.
Not central HK

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- Terry (12th Jul 2019 @ 18:02:08)

I don't see why the Bordon Town Service can't also service Liphook and surrounding area

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- helen (12th Jul 2019 @ 20:19:39)

Hong Kong has a population of over 7.4 million residents packed into 400 square miles, mostly without cars surely?

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- JA (12th Jul 2019 @ 20:27:26)

I agree, it would be pretty difficult to live in Passfield without your own transport.
I'm sure AMK used to to run a minibus shuttle service around Liphook and the nearby villages. That was many years ago ('80s or '90s). More recently, I recall seeing "Hoppa" minibuses around Liphook. I'm guessing that they must have been funded by the local council and were cut when funding was reduced.

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- Yellow Bannanna Adrian (16th Jul 2019 @ 16:20:44)

It is unfortunate for those who use the buses that they have been cut to every two hours, my mother in law lived in a village where the bus service was once a week!!
The problem as with most things is money, buses are expensive to purchase and run.
To have a decent bus service you need a large population without a viable alternative, and in Liphook, Passfield and Bordon area most people have the viable alternative of a car and a smallish population so not enough demand.
The laughable eco-bus in Bordon was a farce i calculated on the figures the bus company produced each full journey catered for an average of 1.5 people this was figures from the first 6 months of operation(They called it a success).

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