Further to February’s reprieve of the 74/A bus service (previous post), Compass Buses have now published a revised timetable. We were forewarned that the new timetable would be further pared-down. The changes now announced are:
Northbound (-> Horsham): AM: 0700 service retained and a new 0941 service; PM: three previous pm services reduced to one – 1353.
Southbound (-> Storrington, Billingshurst etc): AM: loss of mid-morning return service from Horsham (i.e. no morning service southwards except the 72 service Mondays & Fridays only, at 0943); PM: gain 2 services – now 1338 1503 1713.
Previously, the Saturday timetable was the same as weekdays, except no 0700 service to Horsham. Now, the Saturday timetable offers only one service to Horsham (1106), and only one return service leaving Horsham at 1400 (arr. Thakeham 1434).
Perhaps the key issue arising is that the already very limited bus service in the mornings to Storrington is now not an option at all on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The Parish Council will be looking again at ways to improve community transport options, and has agreed that this will be the main discussion topic at the upcoming Annual Parish Meeting on Monday 15 May.