Bus services in Lewes and Seahaven could be reduced

SOME less well used bus services could be reduced after a bus company decided to terminate some of its contracts with East Sussex County Council.

Renown Coaches decided to stop providing some of its supported bus services for the council.

The bus company said the main reason for the cuts was significant increases in fuel costs since they took on these contracts in 2009.

The county council has looked at the current use of these bus services to help plan for replacements.

A spokesperson for the county council said: “Due to budget limitations and rising costs affecting all bus operators, some less-used services are likely to be reduced.

“However, in response to comments we have previously received, we are also planning some improvements to services.

“We will take views into account while developing the final timetables.”

Buses affected include the 119, 120, 123, 126, 128, 143, 145 and school journeys on the 92A, 92B, 92C and 121.

The county council is asking local people for their views on plans to change some Rider bus services.

These services mostly run in the Lewes, Newhaven and Seaford areas.

You can see the proposals for alterations to the bus services and find out how you can give your views at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/yourcouncil/consultation/2012/riderbuses.

Comments can be sent to: East Sussex County Council, B2 Passenger Transport, Freepost LW43, Lewes BN7 1BR or email: busconsultations@eastsussex.gov.uk.

The closing date for comments is February 3, 2012.

The revised services will come into effect from 22 April 2012, following a competitive tendering process.

What do you think of the proposals? How will they affect you? Email sussex.express@sussexnewspapers.co.uk.