Final phase of bus cuts decided - Adur & Worthing Liberal Democrats
Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Final phase of bus cuts decided

West Sussex County Council has reached a decision on which bus subsidies are to be reduced during the final phase of its three-year programme to cut non-commercial routes by £2 million.

The savings are part of the County Council’s drive to save £79m following significant grant reductions from central government.

A comprehensive list showing how routes are affected can be found by logging onto www.westsussex.gov.uk/buses.

It is also available from libraries and help points.

Any changes to bus services will not happen until September 2.

Bus companies will be progressively publishing their timetables in the usual way after July 5.

Residents are advised to check with their local bus operator to find out the latest timetable in due course.

A cross party working group assessed routes subsidised by the County Council, and the findings of a bus survey completed by 8,242 passengers were used to help make the final decisions.

The working group considered how changes would affect passengers of different ages, the reasons why people use the bus route, how often they used it, what other alternative transport was available and the needs of people with disabilities.

County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Pieter Montyn, said:

“Regretfully some tough decisions have had to be made, but faced with the reduction in grant funding, we had no other option.

“However a clearer picture has now emerged and we know where we stand.

“We will do everything we can to support those communities where a service has been withdrawn.

“Resources have been put aside to enable communities to explore other options and avenues, such as community transport, to lessen the impact on passengers affected by this.”