Pressure group says more work needed to protect Chichester bus services

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MORE work should be carried out to protect bus services in Chichester.

The Chichester Society has said it is firmly opposed to cuts proposed by West Sussex County Council to services in and around the city.

It believes more should be done to obtain better government funding for the transport services, saying many people in the city relied on bus services.

‘A significant proportion of our members, not to say the population of Chichester at large, are elderly and rely on buses for simple and everyday matters, such as shopping or visiting medical services,’ the society said in its reponse to the council consultation.

‘The present round of consultation does not relate to isolated rural cottages, but to areas where there is a substantial population and a substantial need.

‘Chichester may have a good taxi service, but this is too expensive a mode of transport for many people to consider on a regular basis.’

The society also suggested that before consulting about cuts, the county should form a pressure group made up of other authorities to ensure subsidies were fairer.

It said: ‘Only this week it was announced in the news that government subsidy for transport in London is as much as that for the rest of the country combined. In particular the bus grant alone for London is about 30 times that for West Sussex, on a per capita basis.’