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New council plans could see some bus routes scrapped

Buses are a lifeline for some residents in Hampshire Photo: ITV Meridan

A number of council-funded bus services in Hampshire could be scrapped if new plans by the county council are given the go-ahead.

It comes following the announcement by the local authority, that it's having to make £1.1 million in cuts to its transport services.

The changes outlined could see 48 bus routes reduced or cancelled altogether and free bus pass holders could be charged 50 pence a journey.

Due to the increase for dial-a-ride services following the potential cuts, the charges could rise by 50 percent.

Street lights in some areas would also be switched off in the early hours to save more than half a million pounds.

The plans are expected to be agreed at a meeting on Monday.

Residents in the county, who rely on bus services, are not happy about the plans. Our Travel Correspondent, Mike Pearse, investigates.