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SOME ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORT OPTIONS IN LEE


For those struggling to get out and about, here is some information which might prove useful and is maybe not as familiar as the X5 service’s deficiencies! It is taken from the Gosport Older Persons Forum Transport Leaflet. To print off the entire leaflet for yourselves just use the preceding link  and when on the page, go down to ‘information item’ on the page for the leaflet

 

Non-Emergency Medical Transport

This is designed for planned non-urgent transportation of patients with a medical need for transport. It can be used for planned outpatient appointments, discharge from hospital, renal services and planned  hospital admissions. Ask your Health Professionals for help as they book this service on your behalf.


CEMAST Buses - Timetable here

These are not much use for Lee residents in the village centre or Marine Parade, but could be more useful for those living around The Birds or upper ends of Fell & Falklands Drives and upper Cherque Farm areas in their quest to get to Gosport.


Concessionary Bus passes can be used on CEMAST Service FC7. Priority is given to students travelling to or from campus. Other restrictions are that you can only travel in off peak timesand buses run only on weekdays, during term time only.


Getting to Queen Alexandra Hospital


Take the X5 to Fareham Bus Station. Then the No 3 service goes direct to the QA. No 3 times are as follows:


Queen Alexandra Hospital car park charges>>>

15 minutes FREE in the drop off area. Use the North Car Park for most outpatient departments (except for Cardiology, Maternity and Paediatrics) as the North Entrance access route is best.

Patients and visitors can receive a reduced parking rate if attending or visiting relatives who are being treated for a long time (e.g. those staying for more than seven days or requiring seven or more visits). This could be as low as £1.80 per day and is at the discretion of the ward sister or nurse in charge


Dial-a-Ride, Driving Force & ICANGO Services

 These community transport services are available in Lee and are reportedly “underused” – possibly due to lack of general awareness?

Dial-a-Ride

You need to be a member, but it is free to join. You should either email , phone 01329 223 151 or visit their offices at 163 West St., Fareham to obtain a form.

The service is operated by Fareham Community Action and is for any destination within Fareham or Gosport, Monday to Fridays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. with all buses being fully accessible with a lift.

For holders of bus passes (disabled or senior citizens) the cost ofreturn journey is £3 a head with carers (if necessary) travelling free of charge. Without a bus pass, the charge is £6 per person but again is free for essential carers. Drivers will also assist with shopping.

Every Monday, around mid-morning Dial-a-Ride operates a "Tea and Tiffin" service to different lunchtime venues, such as pubs, garden centres and places of interest.


Driving Force

This is another charity that uses volunteer drivers for anyone needing transport from Gosport or Fareham. The "fare" is calculated at 45p a mile from the driver’s house. Drivers are not allowed to enter houses or assist passengers in any way (except in and out of the vehicle). All bookings need to be made not less than 24 hours in advance, and depending on the availability of volunteers can even take place at weekends. Booking office is not manned at the weekend. To book or for more information phone 07722743217.


ICANGO

This is a different type of service in that it specialises in getting folk who are stuck at home out to interesting places to visit using a door-to-door service.

Regular trips that individuals can book include “Cup and Company” at the Bulson Hall every Thursday; “Books & Banter” at the Discovery Centre (monthly) as well as Sunday Church services.

Various societies also use ICANGO for regular trip

Anyone can book trips as a group and this service is regularly used by retirement homes, schools, scouts, WI to name but a few.

The three ICANGO buses are wheelchair friendly and can seat 16, 15 or 8 passengers respectively per bus.

For more details about this St Faith’s church-based community service, phone Liz Roberts on 07787 292 666 who will be happy to go into detail.