Compass Travel wins contracts operate buses in Lewes district

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Compass Travel has won contracts to run buses across Lewes district and has bought seven new vehicles.

The Worthing-based independent bus and coach operator announced this week it has won contract awards from East Sussex County Council.

New services which started on Friday are the 121 covering Lewes, Chailey and Newick, 124 from Alfriston to Ringmer College, 125 for Barcombe, Lewes and Alfriston, 126 going through Seaford, Alfriston and Eastbourne, the Lewes 127, 128 and 129, the 166 from Lewes and Plumpton to Haywards Heath and the 824 Village Rider covering Lewes, Ditchling and Burgess Hill.

The new buses are British-built Enviro 200s manufactured by Alexander Dennis and supplied by Steve Swain of Southdown PSV at Copthorne.

Finance for these buses has been arranged by Lombard.

The East Sussex contracts follow on from short-term arrangements from the demise of Countryliner Sussex, with a further two routes added which are currently operated by Renown Coaches.

The County Council has made some changes to the routes and timings but service levels are generally maintained and some routes gain later journeys.

Managing Director of Compass, Chris Chatfield said: “The new buses represent a further investment by ourselves in local bus transport in the counties of East And West Sussex.

“We are pleased the new contracts have been awarded on both price and quality considerations.

“These new, longer term contracts have enabled us to replace some older vehicles with new buses, to provide the quality and reliability which our passengers deserve.”

Southdown Managing Director, Steve Swain said: “In these challenging economic times, it is very gratifying to see an independent bus company investing in new vehicles for the benefit of their passengers, staff and the bus industry as a whole.”

Timetable information can be obtained at information points, on the website: www.compass-travel.co.uk or by calling 01903 690025.