A BUS operator keen to open up public transport links between Shoreham and Horsham is trialling a new route.
Neil Bird, who owns Southern Transit, hopes the No.3 service will be particularly useful to families and teenagers.
The Adur Valley bus route, which launched last Saturday with no local authority funding, starts at the Holmbush Centre and follows the route of the Downs Link footpath, via Shoreham High Street, Bramber, Steyning, Henfield, Partridge Green, West Grinstead and Southwater, before terminating at Horsham railway station.
Mr Bird, an Upper Beeding parish councillor, said he mourned the loss of the old Adur Valley railway line.
“Since the loss of the rail route, villages like Steyning and Henfield have experienced massive population growth. These places are no longer villages, they’re towns and they’re cut off from one another,” he added.
The new bus route is a weekend service, running Saturdays and Sundays until September 7, as well as a special event service on August Bank Holiday.
Mr Bird said: “Unlike the old rail link, our bus service will run through the high streets of our towns and villages, enabling people to discover more of Sussex.
“Travellers with a discovery ticket can now travel even further.”
He said the leisure link bus route had been planned to offer stunning views of the Adur Valley. Two low-floor, wheelchair-friendly buses will run every two hours. It will serve more than 200 established bus stops and there are plans for temporary stops on roads currently bus routes.