Extra Saturday bus for Maplehurst and Nuthurst

A Compass bus travels through Steyning.
A Compass bus travels through Steyning.
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Shoppers from Maplehurst and Nuthurst hoping to visit Horsham on Saturdays will get an additional bus service from September 1.

Compass Travel have announced they will divert one journey in each direction on the 89 via the two villages when they take over the service from Metrobus in the autumn.

Residents have expressed concerns about problems that would be experienced by villagers after the withdrawal in September of Saturday Route 109, following bus subsidy cuts by West Sussex County Council. 
Chris Chatfield, managing director of Compass Travel, said: “On Saturdays, without school and other commitments, there is just enough time for this diversion and we can use a smaller bus on a Saturday which can negotiate the narrower roads in the area.

“We have identified a saving on the service which has enabled the Saturday re-routing to be accommodated within the contract costs and thus acceptable to the county council. We are pleased that it has been possible to continue a service to these two villages on Saturdays.

“Whilst only small numbers are using the bus, we recognise that for some people living in rural villages, especially the elderly, it can represent a lifeline in enabling them to retain their independence.”

Will you be affected by this change? Share your thoughts or comments below or email ct.news@sussexnewspapers.co.uk