A number of bus services axed during East Sussex County Council cut-backs are due to be reintroduced thanks to Lewes Town Council.
The town council already supports some services provided by community bus company CTLA, and will now provide cash for fellow operator Compass Travel in a bid to bring back the services that were stopped during county council cost-saving exercises.
The much-missed buses on routes 127, 128 and 129, serving Nevill, Landport, Malling, Spences Lane and Winterbourne areas, are due to be brought back into use.
The changes will restore several ‘pre-cut’ levels of service accessibility and frequency, with No.127 and No.128 hourly services increasing to half-hourly for most of the day, and the No.129 servicing Winterbourne and Spences Lane offering an hourly bus during the morning once again – currently there are only three buses per day. There will also be improved interconnection with other services.
The changes will run as a pilot scheme, starting on September 14, with full timetable details available from Compass Travel at www.compass-travel.co.uk .
Mayor of Lewes, Councillor Susan Murray, said: “We are aware of the effect that recent cuts have had on many people in Lewes who rely upon these bus services, many of whom are elderly. We are pleased to be able to help in these circumstances when the larger principal councils are forced to withdraw funding to meet government savings targets.”
East Sussex County Council launched a consultation on bus services across the county last July in a bid to save £1.8 million.
The proposals saw 101 services facing the axe or route changes, with the remaining services facing the prospect of fare increases of up to 30 per cent in order to cover costs.
On December 16 last year, the County Council administration decided to go ahead with a programme of cuts.
Compass Travel has been operating in Lewes since 2013.
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