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Council saves subsidised bus routes

Graham Robson September 14, 2017

Brighton & Hove City Council has agreed to protect the city’s entire supported bus network (19 routes) for the next four years with £150,000 additional investment.

New four-year contracts have now been awarded to Brighton & Hove Buses and the Big Lemon to run the routes which include eight school routes across the city, buses to outlying local communities that are not commercially viable, an extension of some commercial routes to operate during the evening or weekends, and the ‘Breeze Up’ countryside bus that runs from the city out to the Downs.

Cllr Gill Mitchell

Gill Mitchell, lead councillor for transport, said: “I am pleased we have been able to protect all of these routes which are often a lifeline for local communities to connect people to the city.

“We are also providing a small number of improvements that residents asked for, such as better connections in the east of the city between Ovingdean, Rottingdean and Saltdean through the 47 route serving Ovingdean during the day.”

Total budget for supported bus services is just over £1m and the £150,000, part of an underspend on concessionary bus fares, will offset savings agreed in the February budget.