Release date: 20 March 2020
West Sussex County Council continues to work with bus companies to help during the coronavirus outbreak.
Roger Elkins, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said: “To try to help during the coronavirus outbreak, pensioners and vulnerable people with West Sussex County Council bus passes can now use them earlier on weekdays. This is so they can take advantage of some supermarkets’ first hour of trading being dedicated to older and vulnerable shoppers.
“From now, and for the duration of the outbreak, residents can use their passes prior to 9.30am on weekdays. They could already use them at any time on weekends and public holidays.
“All bus pass holders are urged to please follow Government guidance on social distancing when travelling on public transport.”
Following the recent announcement that schools will be closing to all except vulnerable pupils and the children of key workers, we are working with all those affected to understand what transport is needed.
Children travelling to school by public bus (either buying their own ticket or given a pass by the council): parents of children who will be continuing to attend next week should visit the bus operators’ websites to check the times and routes that will be available. In particular, parents should note:
- Journeys at school times may have changed to run slightly earlier or later
- Buses that usually divert to a school gate may no longer do so and children may need to walk from the nearest stop on the ‘standard’ route
- A change of bus may now be necessary rather than there being a ‘through journey’
Children who travel on county council-provided transport (coach, minibus or taxi): our suppliers have been asked to operate a full service from now until further notice. Due to possible staff shortages, some flexibility will no doubt be needed and appreciated.
All parents who do not accompany their children to school are advised to have a contingency plan agreed with their child in case transport is late or does not arrive. This is particularly important at the moment.