Bus route extended for passengers from Ovingdean and Woodingdean to Brighton centre (From The Argus)
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Bus route extended for passengers from Ovingdean and Woodingdean to Brighton centre
5:00pm Friday 26th July 2013 in News
A bus route is to be extended following public feedback.
The Brighton and Hove City Council-subsidised 52 is the only service linking Ovingdean and parts of Woodingdean to the centre of Brighton.
After a consultation, the local authority has confirmed all the buses on the route will now travel onto the city centre.
This means users do not have to change to another service at Brighton Marina.
However, the frequency of the 52 will drop to every 90 minutes rather than every hour.
Ian Davey, the council's lead member for transport, said: “Since the new 52 route started almost a year ago, we have been listening to passengers, many of whom have said they would like a more direct route to take them nearer to the hospital, city centre or train station.
“This was borne out in the consultation with over two-thirds voting for an option involving the extension of the service.
“We've been able to achieve this within existing resources by slightly altering the frequency, and it will mean that passengers can travel more easily on a through service.”
The council agreed last year to pay The Big Lemon £110,000 over four years to run the service from September.
The changes to the route will not cost the taxpayer any more money.
Of the 242 people who responded to the consultation, 32% voted for no change, 31% chose the option of peak time buses to the city centre and 37% opted for every bus to go to the city centre, but with reduced frequency.
The change will come into effect on September 16.
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