Buses continue to run after company sinks

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BUS services through rural villages are continuing to run after a county council stepped in when a company went into administration.

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

It ran the 54 service from Petersfield to Chichester via South Harting, and the 91, 92, 93 service from Petersfield to Midhurst.

West Sussex County Council has put temporary arrangements in place with Countryliner and other bus operators to ensure these routes are running for the next few days.

The authority has negotiated with other operators to put short-term temporary contracts.

Further announcements will be made in due course once the situation becomes clearer.

Councillor Pieter Montyn, in charge of transport in West Sussex, said: ‘At the moment our priority is to make sure schoolchildren who have no way to access other services get to and from school.’

Services solely in Hampshire, including the 94 from Buriton to Petersfield, are not affected as these routes are run by a separate company within the Countryliner group that is still trading.