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More on the buses changes in Countryliner crisis

A Countryliner bus in South Road, haywards Heath.

A Countryliner bus in South Road, haywards Heath.

MORE announcements have been made to try to help bus passengers cope with the aftermath of operator Countryliner Sussex going into administration.

West Sussex County Council said that bus services in the area were running as normal today (Wednesday) in the wake of the Countryliner problems.

Countryliner Sussex Ltd, which ceased trading on Monday, ran services in West and East Sussex and Surrey.

WSCC says it has put temporary arrangements in place with Countryliner and other bus operators to ensure all 12 of the routes Countryliner operated in West Sussex were fulfilled for today.

The authority has negotiated with other operators to put short-term temporary contracts in place so all affected routes can run for the next few days.

The county said further announcements would be made in due course once the situation became clearer.

Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport Pieter Montyn said: “At the moment our priority is to make sure schoolchildren who have no way to access other services get to and from school.

“We are working hard to minimise the disruption and keep everything running as best we can.”

Cabinet Member for Education and Schools Peter Griffiths added: “We are working very closely with bus operators to ensure school buses remain as unaffected as possible.”

Coach operator Heritage said it had been able to help out by running some of the services on Tuesday as a gesture of goodwill to ensure that schoolchildren and other travellers were not disrupted unnecessarily.

Heritage said that as of today (Wednesday) it had been awarded the contracts on a temporary basis for the following previous Countryliner’s routes –

31 – Uckfield-Haywards Heath-Bolnore

33 – Brighton-Hurstpierpoint-Haywards Heath

34/35- Burgess Hill Town Service

39/40-Haywards Heath-Bolnore/Cuckfield

40X-Princess Royal Hospital (Haywards Heath) to Royal Sussex County Hospital (Brighton) via

Hassocks, Burgess Hill and Wivelsfield.

Heritage said these routes would be running to the existing timetable and the fares will remain the same for the foreseeable future. Any pre-paid ticket will still be accepted on all of the routes as a continued gesture of goodwill.

In a statement the company said: “Heritage would like to thank the customers of Countryliner for their understanding over the past few days and hope that they will continue to support these services under the new operation of Heritage.

“Heritage would also like to thank the staff at Countryliner for their patience and the continued professionalism in maintaining their high standards of customer service.”

To find out more about Heritage and the routes go to

www.heritage-coaches.com

Copthorn-based bus operator Southdown PVS has taken over the Countryliner Sussex Route 30 around Haywards Heath town centre and across to Lindfield via America Lane.

More information is available via the company at www.southdownpvs.co.uk.

 

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