It Always Used To Be 25
At one time the core service ran every 10 minutes between Clarence Pier and South Parade Pier with extensions every 20 minutes to The Hard and Hayling Ferry.
… First withdrew after buying Provvy and later returned with service 50 for a while. But by the time the lock-don collapse collapsed services were a curious and feeble mixture of route 15 (GREEN) and 16 (MAROON).
Then, there was great news! Tendered by Portsmouth City, First was returning to Hayling Ferry with the famous, much loved and popular toute 25!
The sea front was ignored! A few months later, the new 25 was diverted to serve Old Portsmouth …
… where once tan trams and later trolleybus.
The maps are a bit over enlarged, but below, tram track …
The tram tracks on Broad Street are still there.
But Old Portsmouth declined as a residential area and now only the 25 runs regularly throughout the year.
and this is the busy tram terminus, later to be a busy trolleybus terminus.
In loving memory of the old days, today’s Clarence Pier has a three-stand bus station!
Only the 25 ventures here, joined by the Hoverbus (run by Stagecoach) …
… but the Hoverbus does not use the bus station – sensibly, it stands next to the Hovercraft terminal.
… amd Stagecoach 700 called more recently.
A propos of nothing, fbb came across this picture of a single decker from the days when “ordinary” city buses ran to Clarence Pier.
Portsmouth was one of the earliest municipal operators to run one man buses as above. These started in 1960 and would have begun their reign in 1959 were it not for an industrial punch-up about one man wages!
But the new 25 is even more dismal than that. First’s new 25 ran every 45 minutes …
… which means nobody can remember the times and it doesn’t always connect with the ferry to Hayling Island. It still runs every 45 minutes …
… and will continue to do so when Stagecoach takes over on September 3rd.
It lasted just one season.
… but it did not run to Hayling Ferry, just a shuttle from the Hard to South Parade Pier, further east on the Southsea coast.
Cheap to run with just one bus and it is a far cry from every 10 minutes of the past.
… complete with posh leaflet …
… First will run a new route 22.
In the not too distant past, the Portsmouth 22 was run by Stagecoach!
… as (not!) shown on the Hampshire route map; far better than anything Stagecoach itself has produced.