BRT Phase 1 – Fareham to Gosport
BRT Phase 1A, completed in 2012, includes high quality waiting facilities with:
- real-time passenger information advising on the arrival times of the next buses
- closed-circuit TV for security, and
- special features to ensure accessibility for all.
The buses that travel on the BRT Phase 1 route are subject to a special agreement between Hampshire County Council and South Hampshire Bus Operators’ Association. The result will be a more efficient service using new, comfortable, low-emission buses that raises the bus travel experience to a higher level.
Phase 1A follows the disused railway line between Redlands Lane, Fareham and Tichborne Way, Gosport. It brought back a disused public transport route into use as a new, dedicated (bus and cycle only) corridor for reliable and frequent bus travel in one of the most congested parts of Hampshire.
Using the new busway, buses avoid congested parts of the busy A32 so that passengers can benefit from reliable journey times and can plan their onward travel connections – a must for commuters.
£20 million of funding was provided for Phase 1A of the project by the Government, via the Homes and Communities Agency.
Phase 1A of BRT opened in April 2012, with bus services operated by First Hampshire under the “Eclipse” brand.
BRT video visualisation
Eclipse BRT Visualisation (Youtube)
This short film was made for promotional purposes before the service opened, to show what travelling on the Eclipse service would look like. The film reflects the situation as at the time of production (Autumn 2011).
A post-implementation evaluation of Eclipse Phase 1A was undertaken by KPMG on behalf of Greener Journeys in 2015. This evaluation found that Eclipse BRT is an example of successful project planning and implementation, with levels of demand and revenues exceeding forecasts within a short timescale following opening. The available monitoring data indicates that the scheme has result in an increase in demand and improvements to the reliability and frequency of the service. Passenger satisfaction ratings have gone up more than 20% on average. An economic evaluation of the scheme indicated that for every £1 invested in the scheme, there has been a return of up to £6.28 to the local economy.
To view the KPMG/Greener Journeys evaluation, please click here.
BRT Phase 1B
Phase 1B of Eclipse BRT, extending the dedicated busway 1km southwards to Rowner Road, is now funded (2018) and Hampshire County Council are now working to implement the scheme. Information on progress on Eclipse Phase 1B can be found here: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/brtphaseII
Eclipse BRT website
For information about the Eclipse busway services, click here to visit First Hampshire’s Eclipse website.