East Sussex County Council (ESCC) has issued a statement regarding bus services in the Rother area which reads: “The Traffic Commissioner has made the decision to revoke Eastbourne Coachways’ PSV operator’s licence from 25 July 2019.
“This means the operator, who currently run bus services in Bexhill and the wider Rother area, will not be able to run any services after 24 July. The Traffic Commissioner’s actions were prompted by links between Eastbourne Coachways and Renown Transport Services, with Renown having given insufficient notice to withdraw from bus operations in October 2018.
“Services previously operated by Renown have since been contracted by ESCC to Eastbourne Coachways.
“This followed competitive tendering.
“The County Council had already highlighted that it would be necessary to review these services again in 2019, as the cost of funding services in the Bexhill area has increased considerably in recent years.”
ESCC has manged to secure replacement services, which will be operated by Stagecoach South East, although some changes have been made to previously operated timetables due to increased costs and the results of a passenger survey.
Bexhill Community Bus are currently considering if their coverage can be expanded to fill any gaps.
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