Following a successful bid for funding from the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF), £6.93 million has been awarded to Hampshire County Council to enable a southward extension of the Fareham-Gosport Eclipse Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route.
The extension will be a dedicated busway following a further section of the disused railway corridor 1km south from Tichborne Way / Hutfield Link to Rowner Road, Gosport. It will improve the public transport offer between Fareham and Gosport, by reducing bus journey times and further increasing reliability. It will also provide a more logical connection to the on-road highway link to the north of Gosport town centre.
First Hampshire and Dorset will purchase a complimentary investment in a new fleet of seventeen high specification, low-emission buses to further enhance the existing fast, high frequency Eclipse service as well as introducing a new Eclipse Extra service to the Enterprise Zone at Daedalus (Lee-on-Solent).
Initial work to deliver the extended route is anticipated to start in 2018, with buses operating over the new section of route within two years.
The existing Eclipse route is a great success and proposals have long existed (as part of the wider South East Hampshire BRT network proposal) to extend the route so that it benefits a wider catchment area. The activities undertaken by Solent Transport have supported both this funding bid, and the ongoing development of the wider South East Hampshire BRT network proposals.
For further information on the NPIF bid: Eclipse extension funding bid documents.
For further information on Eclipse Phase II: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/brtphaseII