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FRUSTRATED pensioners who have been left 'housebound' after a local bus service was cut have vowed to keep fighting for its restoration.

Elderly residents in Purbrook have spoken out against the decision to scrap the X9 First Bus route, claiming it has left them unable to live independently and even prevented them from getting to hospital appointments.

The service, which used to run every 30 minutes from Monday to Saturday, travelled from Hambledon to The Hard in Portsmouth, via Denmead, Waterlooville and Queen Alexandra Hospital, and was cancelled in January 2017.

Now 170 residents have signed a petition urging First to consider a replacement service.

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Portsmouth Evening News

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