Midhurst passengers lose their battle for the Brighton bus

A PLEA to bus operators Compass Travel to save the Midhurst to Brighton service has fallen on deaf ears.

The 62 service is under the axe as part of West Sussex Country Council’s cost cutting bus subsidy reduction.

But it was well used, said town councillors, despite poor advertising and the county council’s claim there were insufficient passengers using the experimental service to justify keeping it on.

Chris Chatfield from Compass said: “As a result of various cuts in funding this service is just not financially viable.”

He accepted comments it was increasingly well used: “We do however face the bizarre situation where we have a number of well used routes that actually lose money since most people are travelling free and the amount we are reimbursed has been reduced. Although in some cases passengers have even offered to pay we have been advised that it would be illegal for us to accept payments form passengers with free passes.”

With fewer buses available, for off peak services there was no longer a bus available for the 62.