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PASSENGERS have criticised proposals to further reduce bus services in Chichester and surrounding villages as part of £2m in cuts.

Reducing subsidies for services across West Sussex – where bus use has doubled in the past decade – was backed by councillors this week.

Some of the services under review include the Stagecoach 47 and 47a between Chichester and East Broyle, and the 56 from Old Bosham through Chichester to Arundel Park.

The Emsworth and District 11 service is also being looked at.

John Harris, of West Wittering, said any cuts would make ‘a hell of a big difference to a lot of people’.

A final decision will be taken soon by Cllr Pieter Montyn, who’s responsible for highways and transport, who stressed financial targets had already been decided and agreed by West Sussex County Council.

‘The commercial network isn’t for us to consider – that is operated by the bus companies,’ Cllr Montyn added. ‘What we are looking at is the non-profit-making routes.’