Sunday bus services resume across national park

VISITORS and residents of the South Downs National Park are taking advantage of revived Sunday bus services thanks to funding from the Department of Transport.

Sunday services have been reintroduced or extended on four services in West Sussex, four in East Sussex and two in Hampshire – reconnecting villages, market towns and tourist attractions.

In each case the local transport authority, including West Sussex County Council and Hampshire County Council, has used the funding to work with transport providers in their area.

Bus-users can also benefit from free wi-fi on all Metrobus services 23, 270, 271 and 273.

In West Sussex, the reintroduced or extended services are the 1 and 91 Stagecoach from Worthing to Pulborough and Pulborough to Petersfield, 70 Stagecoach from Haslemere to Midhurst, 99A Compass Travel bus from Chichester to Petworth and the 271 Metrobus from Crawley to Brighton via Ditchling.

Allison Thorpe, from the South Downs National Park Authority, said: “We need people to keep using the buses.

“Government funding is limited and in the long-term bus companies and community bus groups can only run services that are profitable.”