Urgent alternatives to bus cuts need to be found

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On behalf of a local group from Bus Users UK (a major organisation representing bus users), we are pleased the Observer has given considerable coverage to the cutbacks to bus services, caused by the county council nearly halving support for bus services (a disproportionately harsh cut).

While most villages have escaped being totally cut off, it is evening and Sunday services that are likely to be most severely affected, leaving many people without an evening and/or Sunday bus service (including St Richard’s Hospital, the Witterings, Selsey, Midhurst, etc).

Perhaps only the Sunday service 700 will survive.

We are particularly concerned for those without a car (including evening/weekend hospital, shop and catering workers) who will find it difficult to get into work.

Other cuts may also affect school/college pupils and leisure users.

If you are particularly concerned about the potential loss of service, please contact the West Sussex County Council consultation team, via the website, or on 01243 642105.

Even if the cuts cannot be prevented, concerted opposition may prevent your service being among the first services to be cut – or at least help concentrate minds that an urgent alternative needs to be found.

The time to act is now.

Peter Elvidge

Secretary, Bus Users UK (Central Sussex group)

Hove

East Sussex