The new timetable for the Midhurst Community Bus (MCB) put into operation in May looks set to boost passenger numbers by ten per cent.
Chairman Nick Wheeler told members, volunteers and representatives of sponsors and supporting organisations that passenger numbers for the year up to March had been ‘disappointing’ resulting in a survey of routes and the new timetable: “Early indications are that it has boosted passenger numbers and hopefully MCB will hit its target daily average of 25 passengers for the next 12 months” he told the first annual meeting since MCB became a charity.
He said it had been a period of change for MCB with the arrival of the new bus and the change in status. Trustees were grateful for the support they had received from the Sir Geoffrey Todd Trust.
He thanked Graham Pooley and Lea Grocott for their hard work in carrying out a detailed review of all MCB practices to ensure they were ‘fit for purpose’ and also thanked Stagecoach and Sussex Police for their help.
He paid tribute to Graham who stepped down from his executive role after 14 years and Wendy Liddle who gave up her executive involvement, but will continue as an escort. Francis Jackson is to take over from Graham.
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