I am writing with an update on bus services in East Sussex during the coronavirus crisis.
Over the past months a reduced level of bus and community transport dial a ride provision has continued to cater for the needs of local residents who rely on them, including key workers. The number of bus users remains very low but is starting to grow as lock-down restrictions reduce.
From 29 June more bus services will restart. These include most services provided by Compass Travel in the west of the county, though some to limited timetables or running on fewer days of the week. From the same date there are changes to Stagecoach services in the Hastings and Eastbourne areas, as well as to Autocar’s routes in the Wadhurst area. The latest information on these and other bus service changes continues to be provided on our website pages. The situation is changing frequently so please check these pages regularly.
At the moment older persons and disabled persons free travel bus passes are still being accepted at all times for travel in East Sussex. This is to assist holders to access food shopping and services.
Government advice is not to use public transport unless necessary. Every bus now has a reduced capacity so as to maintain social distancing requirements. Included on our website pages are important details about the regulation for bus passengers to use face coverings, unless they are exempted from doing so.
Attached is a notice designed for public display so that communities can find updates to the latest bus information. It replaces the notice provided on 23 March relating to Compass Travel services. We are grateful to Parish and Town Council colleagues who have been assisting with the dissemination of information during these difficult times.
Senior Technical Officer, East Sussex County Council
Team: 01273 335080