Saturday bus funding withdrawn

A BID to save a Saturday bus service through Steyning has failed.

Passengers were warned to ‘use it or lose it’, but the number of people catching the 106 on a Saturday has proved too low to continue.

Steyning Parish Council was told on Monday an average of 53 people per month used the Compass service, which is currently the only direct route to Worthing through the villages.

Steyning, Upper Beeding, Bramber, Lancing and Henfield parish councils had agreed to club together to fund the service on Saturdays, until the end of August.

Although keen to keep the service running, Steyning councillors agreed it was no longer financially viable, especially as Upper Beeding and Henfield had recently agreed not to continue with their portion.

Cllr Sue Rogers said: “I think we all felt very much in our hearts that we would like to, but in our heads and looking at the finances, this was not the time to continue to put money into this.”

Councillors felt people could still get to Worthing on a Saturday using other buses, although this did involve changing services in Shoreham.

It was also suggested more use could be made of the Steyning area minibus to mitigate the impact of the loss of the bus.

Compass has confirmed the weekday 106 service will continue.