Midhurst Community Bus moves up a gear

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The Midhurst Community Bus will be running to a new timetable from Monday (May 9) after taking responses to a recent survey on board.

The new look ‘MY Bus’, or the Midhurst Yellow Bus was launched last year in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the community bus association.

It was funded from the association’s vehicle reserve fund as well as donations from the Sir Geoffrey Todd Trust and from Dexam the Sussex Community Foundation.

Its chairman Nick Wheeler told the Observer this week: “The new timetable reflects experience on the existing routes together with responses from a recent marketing exercise in areas not previously included in the MY Bus routes.

“New stops include Forest Road, Oakwood Close, Easebourne Lane and the Wharf.”

He said the long standing schedule for the timetable has been maintained with Stedham, Easebourne and Midhurst South and West on a Monday, Lodsworth, Easebourne and Midhurst South and West on a Tuesday, back to Easebourne and Midhurst South and West on a Thursday and finishing on Friday with a run out to Trotton, Stedham and then Little Midhurst.

“The new timetable is being distributed through Midhurst Local,” said Nick, “and will be available from the Grange Community and Leisure Centre, Midhurst Town Council Offices and several other locations in and around Midhurst.

Midhurst Yellow Bus is operated in association with the Sir Geoffrey Todd Trust and through the Midhurst Community Bus, a registered charity.

It is supported by West Sussex County Council, Midhurst Town Council and local parish councils together with Rotary, the Lions Club and the Masons.

Nick added: “The Community Bus Association is also very grateful for the assistance received from Seven Fish, Dexam, Stubbington & Son, McCarthy & Stone, Henry Adams, Logo Saddlery, Osborne Signs and Ryarsh Cars.

“We are very grateful for all the support we receive both from local organisations and through our volunteers. We very much hope the new timetable will further increase our passenger numbers”.

For further information, call 07879 556568 or visit www.midhurstyellowbus.org.uk

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