Adur Valley villages are to be reconnect by new bus service

Neil Bird is on a mission to improve services in the Adur Valley

Neil Bird is on a mission to improve services in the Adur Valley

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A BUS company owner has taken it on himself to reconnect towns and villages in the Adur Valley.

Southern Transit Bus Company is trialling a new weekend bus route that will link Shoreham and Horsham Neil Bird, owner of Southern Transit Bus Company, is an Upper Beeding Parish Councillor and feels that places in the Adur Valley have been disconnected since the loss of the Adur Valley train line.

He said: “Since the loss of the rail route, villages like Steyning and Henfield have experienced massive population growth. These places are no longer villages, they’re towns and they’re cut off from one another.”

Mr Bird feels that the number three Southern Transit bus will offer cost-effective travel to link areas in the Adur Valley.

Starting at the Holmbush Centre in Shoreham, the number three bus will follow the route of the Downslink footpath, visiting Bramber, Steyning, Henfield, Partridge Green, West Grinstead and Southwater before terminating at Horsham train station.

He said: “Unlike the old rail link, our bus service will run through the high streets of our towns and villages.”

Two low-floor, wheelchair friendly buses will be running every two hours, stopping at more than 200 bus stops.

The Shoreham car boot market, as well as the Windmill Inn, in Littleworth Lane, will get a new Sunday service.

Mr Bird has not received any funding from the council for this service and is running it as a commercial venture.

A spokeswoman for West Sussex County Council said: “We welcome any scheme that increases access to the local amenities and area for local people.”

The number three Southern Transit bus starts today and will run every weekend until September 7.

For more information, visit www.southerntransit.co.uk Southern Transit received the prestigious Best Bus in the Show award at the Routemaster 60 event in London on Sunday, July 13.

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1:49pm Sat 26 Jul 14

NathanAdler says...

Have a cuppa tea Mr. Bird. Oh, I see you already have one.
Have a cuppa tea Mr. Bird. Oh, I see you already have one. NathanAdler
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2:42pm Sat 26 Jul 14

HJarrs says...

We'll done for taking the risk. I noticed this bus in Shoreham today and thought I may be able to use it occassionally.

One problem with buses though, is lack of information and one bus company will not shows another's services, nor accept tickets thereby letting the bus customer down.
We'll done for taking the risk. I noticed this bus in Shoreham today and thought I may be able to use it occassionally. One problem with buses though, is lack of information and one bus company will not shows another's services, nor accept tickets thereby letting the bus customer down. HJarrs
  • Score: 2

2:44pm Sat 26 Jul 14

HJarrs says...

Also, I think this bus would be a real winner if it ran limited stop from shoreham to Brighton in competition with the 700.

If it terminated at the pepper pot I could use it for regular journeys beyond shoreham!
Also, I think this bus would be a real winner if it ran limited stop from shoreham to Brighton in competition with the 700. If it terminated at the pepper pot I could use it for regular journeys beyond shoreham! HJarrs
  • Score: -3

3:08pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Goldenwight says...

HJarrs wrote:
We'll done for taking the risk. I noticed this bus in Shoreham today and thought I may be able to use it occassionally.

One problem with buses though, is lack of information and one bus company will not shows another's services, nor accept tickets thereby letting the bus customer down.
Certainly agree with you on the first point. As to tickets, most travel these days seems to be by pensioners on free passes who are not affected.

Just recently in south Hants- which is served by several operators including Stagecoach, First, Brijan, Purple, Wilts & Dorset & Bluestar- a new explorer ticket has been introduced which allows travel on all services within the area. Perhaps we should be petitioning operators locally to do the same thing?
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: We'll done for taking the risk. I noticed this bus in Shoreham today and thought I may be able to use it occassionally. One problem with buses though, is lack of information and one bus company will not shows another's services, nor accept tickets thereby letting the bus customer down.[/p][/quote]Certainly agree with you on the first point. As to tickets, most travel these days seems to be by pensioners on free passes who are not affected. Just recently in south Hants- which is served by several operators including Stagecoach, First, Brijan, Purple, Wilts & Dorset & Bluestar- a new explorer ticket has been introduced which allows travel on all services within the area. Perhaps we should be petitioning operators locally to do the same thing? Goldenwight
  • Score: -1

5:16pm Sat 26 Jul 14

HJarrs says...

Goldenwight wrote:
HJarrs wrote:
We'll done for taking the risk. I noticed this bus in Shoreham today and thought I may be able to use it occassionally.

One problem with buses though, is lack of information and one bus company will not shows another's services, nor accept tickets thereby letting the bus customer down.
Certainly agree with you on the first point. As to tickets, most travel these days seems to be by pensioners on free passes who are not affected.

Just recently in south Hants- which is served by several operators including Stagecoach, First, Brijan, Purple, Wilts & Dorset & Bluestar- a new explorer ticket has been introduced which allows travel on all services within the area. Perhaps we should be petitioning operators locally to do the same thing?
Good idea!
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: We'll done for taking the risk. I noticed this bus in Shoreham today and thought I may be able to use it occassionally. One problem with buses though, is lack of information and one bus company will not shows another's services, nor accept tickets thereby letting the bus customer down.[/p][/quote]Certainly agree with you on the first point. As to tickets, most travel these days seems to be by pensioners on free passes who are not affected. Just recently in south Hants- which is served by several operators including Stagecoach, First, Brijan, Purple, Wilts & Dorset & Bluestar- a new explorer ticket has been introduced which allows travel on all services within the area. Perhaps we should be petitioning operators locally to do the same thing?[/p][/quote]Good idea! HJarrs
  • Score: 0

6:58pm Sun 27 Jul 14

ghost bus driver says...

HJarrs wrote:
We'll done for taking the risk. I noticed this bus in Shoreham today and thought I may be able to use it occassionally.

One problem with buses though, is lack of information and one bus company will not shows another's services, nor accept tickets thereby letting the bus customer down.
This is normally true however Brighton and Hove usually publish Stagecoach's times for their 17 plus the big Lemon's 52 and the 33/40/40X, so there are some out there.
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: We'll done for taking the risk. I noticed this bus in Shoreham today and thought I may be able to use it occassionally. One problem with buses though, is lack of information and one bus company will not shows another's services, nor accept tickets thereby letting the bus customer down.[/p][/quote]This is normally true however Brighton and Hove usually publish Stagecoach's times for their 17 plus the big Lemon's 52 and the 33/40/40X, so there are some out there. ghost bus driver
  • Score: 1

6:59pm Sun 27 Jul 14

ghost bus driver says...

HJarrs wrote:
Also, I think this bus would be a real winner if it ran limited stop from shoreham to Brighton in competition with the 700.

If it terminated at the pepper pot I could use it for regular journeys beyond shoreham!
They would probably need a couple of extra buses to cover the extra distance. It's running what is possible to operate with the available resources.
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: Also, I think this bus would be a real winner if it ran limited stop from shoreham to Brighton in competition with the 700. If it terminated at the pepper pot I could use it for regular journeys beyond shoreham![/p][/quote]They would probably need a couple of extra buses to cover the extra distance. It's running what is possible to operate with the available resources. ghost bus driver
  • Score: 0

7:02pm Sun 27 Jul 14

ghost bus driver says...

Goldenwight wrote:
HJarrs wrote:
We'll done for taking the risk. I noticed this bus in Shoreham today and thought I may be able to use it occassionally.

One problem with buses though, is lack of information and one bus company will not shows another's services, nor accept tickets thereby letting the bus customer down.
Certainly agree with you on the first point. As to tickets, most travel these days seems to be by pensioners on free passes who are not affected.

Just recently in south Hants- which is served by several operators including Stagecoach, First, Brijan, Purple, Wilts & Dorset & Bluestar- a new explorer ticket has been introduced which allows travel on all services within the area. Perhaps we should be petitioning operators locally to do the same thing?
They already do. It's called a Dicovery ticket. You can use any bus in Sussex.

Also Saver tickets are available for use on Brighton and Hove, Compass Travel, Metrobus and Big Lemon, although you can't use Sussex Bus and Stagecoach with them.
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: We'll done for taking the risk. I noticed this bus in Shoreham today and thought I may be able to use it occassionally. One problem with buses though, is lack of information and one bus company will not shows another's services, nor accept tickets thereby letting the bus customer down.[/p][/quote]Certainly agree with you on the first point. As to tickets, most travel these days seems to be by pensioners on free passes who are not affected. Just recently in south Hants- which is served by several operators including Stagecoach, First, Brijan, Purple, Wilts & Dorset & Bluestar- a new explorer ticket has been introduced which allows travel on all services within the area. Perhaps we should be petitioning operators locally to do the same thing?[/p][/quote]They already do. It's called a Dicovery ticket. You can use any bus in Sussex. Also Saver tickets are available for use on Brighton and Hove, Compass Travel, Metrobus and Big Lemon, although you can't use Sussex Bus and Stagecoach with them. ghost bus driver
  • Score: 1

7:02pm Sun 27 Jul 14

ghost bus driver says...

*Discovery, sorry.
*Discovery, sorry. ghost bus driver
  • Score: 0

10:31pm Sun 27 Jul 14

HJarrs says...

ghost bus driver wrote:
Goldenwight wrote:
HJarrs wrote:
We'll done for taking the risk. I noticed this bus in Shoreham today and thought I may be able to use it occassionally.

One problem with buses though, is lack of information and one bus company will not shows another's services, nor accept tickets thereby letting the bus customer down.
Certainly agree with you on the first point. As to tickets, most travel these days seems to be by pensioners on free passes who are not affected.

Just recently in south Hants- which is served by several operators including Stagecoach, First, Brijan, Purple, Wilts & Dorset & Bluestar- a new explorer ticket has been introduced which allows travel on all services within the area. Perhaps we should be petitioning operators locally to do the same thing?
They already do. It's called a Dicovery ticket. You can use any bus in Sussex.

Also Saver tickets are available for use on Brighton and Hove, Compass Travel, Metrobus and Big Lemon, although you can't use Sussex Bus and Stagecoach with them.
Thanks for the tip.
[quote][p][bold]ghost bus driver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: We'll done for taking the risk. I noticed this bus in Shoreham today and thought I may be able to use it occassionally. One problem with buses though, is lack of information and one bus company will not shows another's services, nor accept tickets thereby letting the bus customer down.[/p][/quote]Certainly agree with you on the first point. As to tickets, most travel these days seems to be by pensioners on free passes who are not affected. Just recently in south Hants- which is served by several operators including Stagecoach, First, Brijan, Purple, Wilts & Dorset & Bluestar- a new explorer ticket has been introduced which allows travel on all services within the area. Perhaps we should be petitioning operators locally to do the same thing?[/p][/quote]They already do. It's called a Dicovery ticket. You can use any bus in Sussex. Also Saver tickets are available for use on Brighton and Hove, Compass Travel, Metrobus and Big Lemon, although you can't use Sussex Bus and Stagecoach with them.[/p][/quote]Thanks for the tip. HJarrs
  • Score: 1

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