Frustration at reduced Boxing Day bus service in Horsham

Horsham Bus Station. Photo by Steve Cobb SC11321024a
Horsham Bus Station. Photo by Steve Cobb SC11321024a

Reduced public transport services on Boxing Day will prevent some Horsham workers visiting the town centre by bus.

A town centre shop worker, who wishes to remain anonymous, said she will miss out on a day’s pay on Boxing Day as bus services are not running from her home in Southwater.

She added that the inflated cost of taxis over the festive period means there is no cost-effective way for her to travel to work.

She said: “Like many people I rely on public transport for work, shopping and leisure activities.

“I can understand the guys wanting time off over Christmas but Boxing Day’s timetable is going to be a big problem for anyone who relies on public transport.

“Many firms, medical centres and entertainment venues in Horsham will be facing the same problem with workers, customers and visitors having to walk, use taxis or cadge lifts.”

Nick Hill, head of commercial development at Metrobus, said services will be running between the town centre, railway station, Roffey and parts of Crawley.

He said: “Very few bus services in the UK operate on Boxing Day. We did experiment with running a service on route 98 (Southwater) on Boxing Day in 2012 but it was very lightly used and made a significant loss.

“We are also keen to provide our drivers with time off over the Christmas period, so we prioritise the services that are likely to be well used.

“As a result, we regret that it won’t be running in 2015.

“We will be operating a special service on route 200 between Horsham town centre, railway station, North Heath, Roffey, Bewbush, Manor Royal and Gatwick Airport on Boxing Day, December 26.

“A number of other services will be running in the Crawley area.”

For more information, view Metrobus’ Christmas timetable here.

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