Release date: 10 June 2020
With the slight easing of the Coronavirus lockdown, bus operators in West Sussex have increased the frequency of their services.
The Government has agreed new grants for these extra journeys, but bus firms need to ensure social distancing continues to be possible for the safety of all.
Just before lockdown was announced, West Sussex County Council agreed pensioners and vulnerable people could use their bus passes for pre-9.30am free travel. This was so they could take advantage of some supermarkets’ special hour’s trading, dedicated to older and vulnerable shoppers.
Now, as the lockdown eases and bus operators need to continue to ensure safe-space travel, it has been decided that, in line with national guidance, the use of free bus passes will revert to 9.30am on weekdays from Monday, 15 June. They will still be valid all day at the weekends and disabled bus passes can still be used at any time.
A county council spokesperson said: “Bus operators are facing a real challenge and need passengers’ understanding and help, please. With the easing of lockdown, we need to revert to the previous bus pass arrangements to ease the pressure on early-morning commutes and school travel and to ensure there’s enough room for safe space travelling for all.
“All bus passengers are urged to please follow Government guidance on social distancing when travelling on public transport.”