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Metrobus reduces bus services in Burgess Hill

Metrobus is cutting Burgess Hill bus services from April 5

Metrobus is cutting Burgess Hill bus services from April 5

From April 5, Metrobus is revising its town bus services in Burgess Hill to operate during the off-peak period on Mondays to Fridays only.

Nick Hill, Metrobus’s head of commercial development said: “They will continue to serve the east side of the town, as well as Royal George Road and Sussex Way, with ‘clockwise’ journeys numbered 34 and ‘anti-clockwise’ journeys numbered 35.

“However, due to very low patronage, Chanctonbury Road, Hammonds Ridge, Tesco, Charles Avenue, York Road, Jane Murray Way and The Triangle will no longer be served by the routes.

“We very much regret having to withdraw services from some areas of town but we cannot continue to operate the service at such significant losses as the revenue taken on the bus continues to fall well short of the cost of operating the service.

“The routes are operated without any subsidy.”

The company stated that alternative services are available for many passengers.

Compass Travel route 100 will continue to provide a service to Tesco, Jane Murray Way and The Triangle from the town centre.

The Sussexbus.com will continue to provide a peak and school time service on their local services in the town.

“By popular demand, a service will be provided to Sussex Way between Jane Murray Way and West Park, reintroducing buses to this area for the first time in several years,” added Mr Hill.

The bus manager declined to comment on the extent of the losses made on the routes in question, or the numbers of passengers that do use the services - this information was said to be ‘commercially sensitive’.

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