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Last updated: 30 June 2017

 
     
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If you had been standing at the entrance to Fareham Bus Station in July 2003, this would have been a familiar scene. Fred York captured Plaxton bodied Dennis dart SLF no. 42131 (S631 KTP) swinging out on its way to Lee-on-the-Solent on route 34. Although branded in the then relatively new scheme of ‘gosport-fareham CONNECTION’, the bus was on a different route. Not as unusual as it seems as the chairman has his own images of similarly branded vehicles on routes 63 (Fareham to Havant), 72 (Southampton to Gosport) and 80 (Southampton to Fareham). No. 631 was one of ten Darts delivered in September 1998 in the batch (S624 KTP – S633 KTP). Others followed in January and February 1999. Would you have been witnessing a forerunner of the Eclipse introduced in 2012? The idea of the ‘CONNECTION’ was to have a good frequency on routes 82, 83, 85 and 86 between the two towns via Hoeford, Bridgemary, Brockhurst and Elson. There has always been a great demand for public transport on the main link between Gosport and Fareham and this was one of the ways that the need was met at the time. Now there are hardly any buses operating along the main road by Hoeford as all services tend to use the busway on the E1, E2, 9 and 9A routes. What will it be like in fourteen years from now?

 
 
 
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On 10 February, 2017 the latest re-branded former Eclipse Volvo B7RLE poses in the yard at Empress Road depot just before leaving for its new home in Weymouth. Only one remains to be re-branded now and it is planned that one - no. 69554 - will be joining the others soon. Photo: John Sherwin

 
 
 
 

NEW VEHICLES

ADL E200MMC (Eclipse)

Fleet Number Reg No Status
67172 YX66 WBJ In Service
67173 YX66 WBL In Service
67174 YX66 WBM In Service
67175 YX66 WBN  In Service
67176 YX66 WBO In Service
67177 YX66 WBP In Service
67178 YX66 WBT In Service
67179 YX66 WBU In Service
67180 YX66 WBV In Service
67181 YX66 WBW In Service
67182 YX66 WBY In Service
67183 YX66 WBZ In Service
67184 YX66 WCA In Service
67185 YX66 WCC In Service
67186 YX66 WCD In Service
67187 YX66 WCE In Service
67188 YX66 WCG In Service
 
 

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