Bus consultation is reviewed

Stagecoach bus in Terminus Road Eastbourne so called 'Diesel Alley' January 23rd 2014. E03220Q ENGSUS00120140123115024
Stagecoach bus in Terminus Road Eastbourne so called 'Diesel Alley' January 23rd 2014. E03220Q ENGSUS00120140123115024
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Bus users in Eastbourne face an anxious wait to see if the town’s services will be affected following a consultation by East Sussex County Council.

In an effort to cut costs, the council is reviewing bus services across the county and has just finished a 12-week consultation to gather people’s views on the proposed changes.

The proposal contained a number of concerning changes, including cutting the hourly Sunday bus service to the Conquest Hospital.

Elsewhere, the Eastbourne to Seaford bus service was proposed to change from daily to just Monday and Thursday, while the Eastbourne to Lewes bus would go from running every weekday to Tuesday and Friday only. The proposal also suggested slashing the Eastbourne Dial a Ride service from weekdays to just Monday and Wednesday.

An East Sussex County Council spokesman said, “It is important to remember that no decision has been made on changes to subsidised bus services in East Sussex.

“A 12-week consultation has just ended and the county council is currently reviewing the responses it has received. We have received feedback from members of the public, MPs, councillors from district, borough, town and parish councils, businesses and community organisations during the consultation period. This feedback, together with other information including the Equality Impact Assessment, will be taken into account and in December, the council’s cabinet will be asked to consider recommendations for the reformulated supported bus network.

“As is the case with every other council in the country, we are having to make significant savings necessitated by cuts in Government funding and face difficult decisions in order to achieve this. The proposed changes to subsidised bus services could save the council £1.79million between 2014/15 and 2015/16.

“If cabinet approves the recommendations, changes to services would be made from March 2015.”

In Rye and Hastings, Stagecoach will take over a number of bus services on a commercial basis. This option is being considered for Eastbourne.