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The Argus: Bus services face cuts Bus services face cuts

NEARLY 100 bus services across Sussex face cuts as the council looks to save £1.79 million.

Residents across East Sussex could see reduced services to all corners of the county, including Rye, Hastings, Brighton, Uckfield, and Lewes.

East Sussex County Council’s (ESCC) cabinet is set to discuss the cuts on July 1 with a view to approving a public consultation into changes.

The move could affect operators including Stagecoach, Compass Travel and Brighton and Hove Buses.

ESCC says it subsidises a number of routes which would be “economically unviable” if run privately without council subsidies.

Routes included in the consultation cover rural services through Barcombe, Lewes and Alfriston, proposing reductions from every two hours to a twice-weekly service.

Some Lewes bus routes would see services reduced from half-hourly to hourly, including Winterbourne to Lewes.

Seaford faces losing its Sunday service to Eastbourne and reducing the daily hourly service to two days a week.

Newhaven faces cuts to its Lewes service from an hourly service to a two-hour off-peak service.

And those hoping to travel by bus between Tunbridge Wells and Brighton, through Lewes, on Monday to Saturday evenings could lose their service altogether.

The routes not cut could see fare rises of up to 30 per cent.

Chris Smith of Travel Log Lewes said: “Fares on remaining services will face a huge hike, making them unaffordable for many. This will lead to even less use of the buses remaining.

“You can see that the council is trying to reduce bus passengers so that they can make even further cuts.”

Norman Baker, the local Lib Dem MP and transport minister for the Government said it was a council decision and “a deeply regrettable policy”.

He said: “These types of cuts are not just an inconvenience but will greatly affect people’s day to day living.

“I hope people make their complaints known to the county council.”

Mr Baker expressed disappointment that the county council has spent more than £100 million on the Bexhill link road and felt it could have used some of this money for its bus services.

Brighton and Hove Buses confirmed the evening journeys on routes 28 and 29, supported financially by ESCC, are likely to be affected by the proposal.

A spokesperson for the bus company said: “We would suggest that passengers affected by the proposal should respond to the council's consultation.”

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9:24am Thu 26 Jun 14

Can this be says...

The article includes "Seaford faces losing its Sunday service to Eastbourne and reducing the daily hourly service to two days a week."

Has this been researched? B&H Bus Company run their excellent 12, 12A and 12X routes which include between Seaford and Eastbourne and between them run every ten minutes or so, Monday to Saturday and slightly less frequently on Sundays. Why does this not get a mention? Presumably the comment in the article relates to another bus company. Not very helpful.
The article includes "Seaford faces losing its Sunday service to Eastbourne and reducing the daily hourly service to two days a week." Has this been researched? B&H Bus Company run their excellent 12, 12A and 12X routes which include between Seaford and Eastbourne and between them run every ten minutes or so, Monday to Saturday and slightly less frequently on Sundays. Why does this not get a mention? Presumably the comment in the article relates to another bus company. Not very helpful. Can this be
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9:28am Thu 26 Jun 14

s_james says...

Can this be wrote:
The article includes "Seaford faces losing its Sunday service to Eastbourne and reducing the daily hourly service to two days a week."

Has this been researched? B&H Bus Company run their excellent 12, 12A and 12X routes which include between Seaford and Eastbourne and between them run every ten minutes or so, Monday to Saturday and slightly less frequently on Sundays. Why does this not get a mention? Presumably the comment in the article relates to another bus company. Not very helpful.
Equally – “And those hoping to travel by bus between Tunbridge Wells and Brighton, through Lewes, on Monday to Saturday evenings could lose their service altogether.” No they won’t because the 29 also operates that route.
[quote][p][bold]Can this be[/bold] wrote: The article includes "Seaford faces losing its Sunday service to Eastbourne and reducing the daily hourly service to two days a week." Has this been researched? B&H Bus Company run their excellent 12, 12A and 12X routes which include between Seaford and Eastbourne and between them run every ten minutes or so, Monday to Saturday and slightly less frequently on Sundays. Why does this not get a mention? Presumably the comment in the article relates to another bus company. Not very helpful.[/p][/quote]Equally – “And those hoping to travel by bus between Tunbridge Wells and Brighton, through Lewes, on Monday to Saturday evenings could lose their service altogether.” No they won’t because the 29 also operates that route. s_james
  • Score: 5

11:30am Thu 26 Jun 14

the old funker says...

Can this be wrote:
The article includes "Seaford faces losing its Sunday service to Eastbourne and reducing the daily hourly service to two days a week."

Has this been researched? B&H Bus Company run their excellent 12, 12A and 12X routes which include between Seaford and Eastbourne and between them run every ten minutes or so, Monday to Saturday and slightly less frequently on Sundays. Why does this not get a mention? Presumably the comment in the article relates to another bus company. Not very helpful.
Thank you for that as I wondered that this route operated on East Sussex did they mean this bus company was subed by the council.
[quote][p][bold]Can this be[/bold] wrote: The article includes "Seaford faces losing its Sunday service to Eastbourne and reducing the daily hourly service to two days a week." Has this been researched? B&H Bus Company run their excellent 12, 12A and 12X routes which include between Seaford and Eastbourne and between them run every ten minutes or so, Monday to Saturday and slightly less frequently on Sundays. Why does this not get a mention? Presumably the comment in the article relates to another bus company. Not very helpful.[/p][/quote]Thank you for that as I wondered that this route operated on East Sussex did they mean this bus company was subed by the council. the old funker
  • Score: 2

1:18pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Bob Gower says...

Norman Baker MP is a Government Minister but not transport now.Did he look after East Sussex's transport policy whilst sitting in that chair.
Norman Baker MP is a Government Minister but not transport now.Did he look after East Sussex's transport policy whilst sitting in that chair. Bob Gower
  • Score: 2

12:58am Fri 27 Jun 14

wippasnapper says...

Why dote these other county’s make up the short full as these bus services do go through there county’s such as Lewes, Rye, Hastings, Uckfield, Seaford, Eastbourne, Newhaven, Tunbridge Wells. why is it only Brighton county council that contribute to these services as these other county’s also get people traveling to these other county’s maybe for work or other reasons and why dote B&H Busses approached these other county’s for extra funding to these other county’s and putting up the already high fears by 30% will prevent the poor being able to afford any travel even just into town or is this just another B&H Green way of hinting its time you got on your bike – its getting to the point if your poor on a low wage like in parts of London its time you moved ells where because its getting to expensive to live in B&H any more.
Why dote these other county’s make up the short full as these bus services do go through there county’s such as Lewes, Rye, Hastings, Uckfield, Seaford, Eastbourne, Newhaven, Tunbridge Wells. why is it only Brighton county council that contribute to these services as these other county’s also get people traveling to these other county’s maybe for work or other reasons and why dote B&H Busses approached these other county’s for extra funding to these other county’s and putting up the already high fears by 30% will prevent the poor being able to afford any travel even just into town or is this just another B&H Green way of hinting its time you got on your bike – its getting to the point if your poor on a low wage like in parts of London its time you moved ells where because its getting to expensive to live in B&H any more. wippasnapper
  • Score: -1

3:55pm Fri 27 Jun 14

harbourguy says...

wippasnapper wrote:
Why dote these other county’s make up the short full as these bus services do go through there county’s such as Lewes, Rye, Hastings, Uckfield, Seaford, Eastbourne, Newhaven, Tunbridge Wells. why is it only Brighton county council that contribute to these services as these other county’s also get people traveling to these other county’s maybe for work or other reasons and why dote B&H Busses approached these other county’s for extra funding to these other county’s and putting up the already high fears by 30% will prevent the poor being able to afford any travel even just into town or is this just another B&H Green way of hinting its time you got on your bike – its getting to the point if your poor on a low wage like in parts of London its time you moved ells where because its getting to expensive to live in B&H any more.
Eastbourne, Lewes and all the other places you mention are not countys, and so do not have any say over transport. I live in Eastbourne. My roads are fixed by East Sussex County Council, not Eastbourne Borough Council same goes with subsidizing buses. Unitary Authorities ( Like Brighton) and county councils deal with transport.
[quote][p][bold]wippasnapper[/bold] wrote: Why dote these other county’s make up the short full as these bus services do go through there county’s such as Lewes, Rye, Hastings, Uckfield, Seaford, Eastbourne, Newhaven, Tunbridge Wells. why is it only Brighton county council that contribute to these services as these other county’s also get people traveling to these other county’s maybe for work or other reasons and why dote B&H Busses approached these other county’s for extra funding to these other county’s and putting up the already high fears by 30% will prevent the poor being able to afford any travel even just into town or is this just another B&H Green way of hinting its time you got on your bike – its getting to the point if your poor on a low wage like in parts of London its time you moved ells where because its getting to expensive to live in B&H any more.[/p][/quote]Eastbourne, Lewes and all the other places you mention are not countys, and so do not have any say over transport. I live in Eastbourne. My roads are fixed by East Sussex County Council, not Eastbourne Borough Council same goes with subsidizing buses. Unitary Authorities ( Like Brighton) and county councils deal with transport. harbourguy
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