The long-running labour dispute at Southern Railway has been in the news for months, but for DAVID JUKES the effect has been personal. Frustration with his disrupted commute between Portsmouth and Chichester led him to evaluate the bus alternative — and it delivers the reliability he demands.

Stagecoach South 18510 (GX06 DXH), an Alexander Dennis ALX400-bodied Trident, returned to its original haunts while on loan from Basingstoke to augment the Coastliner 700 service in mid-December. It is turning into Chichester bus station — close to the railway station — on a Portsmouth-bound working

I live in Portsmouth, so a change of employment at the end of August should have simplified my journey to work, as the new job is in Chichester and I no longer need to commute to and across London.

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