Funding cuts could mean an end to free bus travel in Hampshire

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Radical plans being considered by Hampshire County Council could mean an end to free bus travel for tens of thousands of elderly and disabled people in the county.

It is one of five options to save money following Government cuts to local authority spending.

The council need to save more than one million pounds a year.

Cllr Roy Perry, Leader, Hampshire County Council, Con

More than 80 routes receive council funding and could face reductions in service.

One alternative option is to charge people with the older person's bus pass 50p a journey, but that would mean the end of free travel for pensioners in Hampshire.

There is a fear other councils could follow.

Mike spoke to bus passengers Pamela Maynard and Christine Skillett.