Travel

How transport and parking is being affected and what this means for you.

Highways

During this time, work continues to keep our highways safe and ensure we keep the county running, both now and as we come out of this period.

This includes construction work, particularly on key transport routes, but also throughout the county. Where this work continues, we are following government advice and guidelines closely.

The situation is under constant review and we are ensuring that any contractors working on our behalf are also complying with government advice and following social distancing guidelines.

Transport

Buses

Where possible, you should stay local and avoid travelling outside of your local area.

If you do need to use bus services for essential journeys, please check the bus operator website for the latest information before you travel. Bus operators have put in place increased vehicle and bus stop cleaning regimes and revised bus interior layouts to allow social distancing.

When travelling on public transport, passengers are urged to follow the government's safer travel guidance.

Passengers are also required to wear a face covering on buses and all public transport services. This excludes young children, people with breathing difficulties and people whose disabilities make it difficult for them to wear a face covering.

Bus passes

If you have an older person's bus pass you can travel off-peak for free in West Sussex, which is weekdays 9.30am-11.00pm and all day on weekends and bank holidays. You can use your pass at any time of the day if you hold a disabled person’s bus pass.

School transport

To find out more about how we are adapting home to school travel throughout the pandemic, visit our page for school transport and COVID-19.

Social distancing when using transport networks

If it is essential for you to leave your house, please ensure that you maintain social distancing guidelines and adapt your journey where necessary, such as crossing the road to maintain a two-metre distance from others.

Parking

Blue Badges

Most staff who answer these enquiries and deal with applications are working remotely. It may take time for us to deal with correspondence sent to us by post. Please either apply online or email us with any questions at blue.badges@westsussex.gov.uk. If you are unable to apply online, please phone 01243 777653.

On-street parking

The government has introduced a COVID-19 parking pass. This is for NHS staff members, health or social care workers, or NHS Volunteer Responders carrying out official duties in relation to the COVID-19 emergency response.

The pass enables them to park for free in any on-street parking bay in West Sussex, although use of residents’ parking bays should be avoided if at all possible. For further information, or if you would like to obtain a pass, please email parking@westsussex.gov.uk.

Residents who live within any of the seven controlled parking zones in West Sussex and have been furloughed may apply for a dispensation notice to park (if they do not already have an annual permit). These cost £5 per month and are available from the relevant district or borough council parking service.

Evidence from your employer will be required in order to obtain a dispensation notice.

 
Last updated:
15 April 2021
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