On Sunday 18th November a compete revision of Portsmouth's and Fareham's but network was introduced. The changes, according to the company, were designed to offer a better use of resources and to provide improved services where opportunities existed to "develop the business". That is a euphemism for "make more money".
First Bus don't run to Havant (ftom Portsmouth! corrected as a result of comment, see below) and never have done.
"... Waterlooville, Fareham and Gosport. The company claimed the new timetable would improve its service offering, although many have complained that the result is, in fact, quite the opposite.
There never has been a bus between Stamshaw and North End. It is less than 5 minutes walk along Angerstein Road.
"... for example, have an hour's bus ride to contend with, as it now heads all the way to Eastney and Fratton before reaching its destination.
Services to South Downs College have been significantly improved.
The 7C service is largely unchanged ...
... and there are plenty of journeys diverted via the college on the "normal" service 7.
"This could prompt some to consider long term car hire options ..."
And this news item is part of, guess what, a car hire firm's advertising web site!
Reeling? Reely? Probably not!
"I counted the buses they were removing and they came to 43."
fbb thinks the lady (and female personage it was who penned these pearls of nonsense) is counting route numbers, not buses.
22 route numbers for the simplified network seems about right. But the number of buses running on this network has hardly changed at all.
If the cap fits, wear it!
The 41 is directly replaced by the 8 to a similar timetable and a similar route into Portsmouth centre. Generally, no change.
It is true (amazingly) that the 8 will not longer run via North End, but Stagecoach 700 uses Mile End Road and Kingston Crescent every 30 minutes and it has not changed.
Even if she means four bus routes, it is still utter nonsense!
Not really : the detail of the routes has changed but everywhere is still served by bus and at similar frequency. For the record most of the circular 17/18 is served by a slightly larger circular route 1; the missing "inner" bit by route 2.
The X9 (former 45/45A) runs via the M275 every 30 minutes, the only route from Waterlooville to do so. Service 7 (former 40) runs via North End every 10 minutes. Service 8 (former 41) runs via Northern Parade every 10 minutes. No buses from Waterlooville have ever run via Northern Parade AND North End, hey are (roughly) parallel throroughfares.
"From what I can see on the new route map only one bus service from Waterlooville passes through North End. Not sure if that is a 50% cut in services to North End, depends on the frequency of the remaining service. To get to non-City Centre areas of Portsmouth it appears the best option might be to change at Cosham."
Totally unnecessary. All through routes remain as before, although some evening and Sunday links may require a change. Generally, evening and Sunday services have been improved.
"Another problem seems to be a lack of buses servicing the North East of Portsmouth. There are no buses at all servicing the Anchorage Park area."
There has never been a bus from Waterlooville to Anchorage Park. Stagecoach service 21 from Havant and Leigh Park is unchanged.