Commuters wanting to travel on public transport between Hayling Island and Portsmouth will be able to much more easily from Monday 24 September.
The new 149 route is being launched to run from Eastoke Corner to the Hayling Island ferry terminus to link with the 300 metre ferry journey to Portsmouth, for a six-month trial period.
The Hayling community bus service, funded by Community Infrastructure Levy money agreed by Havant borough councillors, will connect the much-needed public transport links.
The initiative has been championed by the Hayling Ferry Working Party and has led to the whole of the Portsmouth and Hayling coastline being connected by public transport for the first time since 2015.
Councillor Tim Pike, Deputy Leader of Havant Borough Council and Cabinet lead for Finance and Regeneration said: “The reintroduction of this public transport network will be a huge benefit to peopleneeding to get to and from Hayling Island and Portsmouth. It is hoped that commuters will choose this route and help to reduce congestion and vehicle pollution.
“Local councillors have worked with community enthusiasts to achieve this essential bus link between the Hayling ferry and residential and tourist areas on the island.”
Colin Hill, Hayling Ferry’s managing skipper said: "We are looking forward to the buses connecting with the ferry on both sides to make a total transport connection between Hayling Island and Portsmouth. It's taken a lot of hard work to get to this point, but we are now in a position to offer this service, which I hope will benefit many."
Councillor Lynne Stagg Portsmouth's Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transport said: "I am pleased to see that a service will be offered as an alternative to driving between Portsmouth and Hayling Island as it will help to reduce congestion and pollution levels in the city.
The service demonstrates joined-up thinking between transport providers with timetables being carefully planned to reduce waiting times and ensure a smooth and hassle-free commute. Many people have worked hard to put this service in place, and I look forward to seeing it succeed."
Following the six-month trial period, the bus services will be evaluated. If viable the services could then be extended to weekends.
Timetables are available online and at Beachlands Visitor Information Centre. It will also be circulated for display at local attractions and on noticeboards.