#WestSussBus - finding out your views on the buses

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How are your local buses doing?

We need your comments, opinions and suggestions.


We also need your photographs of buses going about their business in the county, to share on the #WestSussBus page.

Please send your pics to: westsussbus@westsussex.gov.uk


#WestSussBus will be around for at least a year (started in Spring 2022) - so please become a return visitor to #WestSussBus and air your views.


FINDING YOUR WAY around this page, please explore all areas! (click the links or scroll down):

'Forum'

'Ideas'

'Your feedback about buses'

'Bus Journal'


NOTE: on a mobile phone the 'quick poll' is at the foot of the page


What's it like to be a bus passenger in West Sussex in 2022? Help us create a comprehensive picture. TOP TIP - become a regular 'bus journal' contributor (either post your journal on this site - or send it directly to us at westsussbus@westsussex.gov.uk)


QUICK LINK - Click here if you'd just like to post a suggestion about bus services


What is #WestSussBus for?

We'd like to develop an ongoing dialogue with passengers, and later this year, we'll be establishing a Bus User & Stakeholder Forum and will be searching for a representative from the community of bus users.

Stagecoch bus passing a Compass bus stopped opposite the Cathedral in Chichester


Time to take part!

  • Tell us the things that you need for a better bus experience (choose 'Questions', below)
  • Think of an idea to improve local buses: all ideas are good ideas (choose 'Ideas', below)
  • Make suggestions about bus service (choose 'Forum', below)
  • Complete the Quick Polls and surveys that we'll be posting on this page
  • Join an online discussion (choose 'Forum', below)
  • Sign up to the #WestSussBus e-newsletter

or...

  • Post a regular 'bus journal', describing your experience of being a West Sussex bus user in 2022 (choose 'Bus Journal' below)

We've created a space for your own written, video or image based comments on local buses. Click here to create your very own 'bus journal'. Or just send in a nice video or a few pictures.

Remember, you don't need to write at all - you can submit your journal in images or videos if you prefer. Or add them to your written entry.

Post as regularly as you like.

If you have any questions about #WestSussBus - please contact us at westsussbus@westsussex.gov.uk

You can make your entry as long or short as you like and include the details you feel are relevant. Overheard speech is very useful (but not snooping into personal conversations!)


Green bus at Chichester bus station

A few ideas...

How about the things that are associated with bus travel. Not just the journey itself, for example:

  • Waiting at the bus stop - are your surroundings well looked after? Do you feel safe?
  • What are the bus stops like? Are they in good condition, well placed, have the right facilities?
  • Could your local bus stop be improved.
  • What facilities does a modern bus stop need?

Crawley Fastway bus

Feel free to think creatively...

We'd like to gather your ideas - reasonable, realistic and slightly more visionary - and see what can be done, now, soon and into the future.

We'll be running #WestSussBus for at least the next year, so there's plenty of time.

You can also tweet using #WestSussBus and we'll gather your comments - describe your observations and experiences, as they happen...

Don't miss the bus! Take part in #WestSussBus today.

Current 'hot topic':

How has the way you travel by bus changed since Covid? Is the change permanent or temporary?

Compass bus at a bus stop in ChichesterBus stop sign with rail replacement bus sign

If you have any questions about #WestSussBus - email westsussbus@westsussex.gov.uk


Accessibility Statement

If you require any of this information in an alternative format, then please contact us via email at transporthub@westsussex.gov.uk or by telephone on 01243 777 100 and we will do our best to assist you. If you are deaf or hard of hearing and have an NGT texting app installed on your computer, laptop or smartphone, you can contact us on 18001 01243 777 100.

We are committed to making this website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. Please view the West Sussex County Council Accessibility Statement for further details. Information about the accessibility of the Your Voice Engagement Hub can be found by clicking on the 'Accessibility tab' which can be found at the bottom of this page. Where it exists, we will provide details of any project related content which is not fully accessible under a heading of 'Non-accessible content' below.

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact us at haveyoursay@westsussex.gov.uk.


Hub Etiquette

The following are not enforceable rules, rather they are suggestions about etiquette to help keep the website respectful and constructive:

1. It's a good idea to read through the information on the site and the other participant comments before getting involved in the discussion yourself.

2. Always respect the views of other participants even if they don't agree with you.

3. Be constructive. It's okay to disagree with other forum participants, in fact we encourage debate, just keep the dialogue positive.

4. Always keep things civil. We recognize that this can be difficult sometimes, especially when you are passionate about an issue, but it is important to keep the discussion focused on the issues rather than letting it deteriorate into personal insults.

5. Once you've left your comment keep an eye on the project to see what other people have to say.

6. If you feel that someone has insulted you, report their comment to the moderator by clicking the “Alert Moderator” button. Don't perpetuate the dispute. The moderator will take a look at the offending comment and decide whether it should be removed.

7. Stay on topic. The projects on this website have been created for a specific purpose. Please stay within the boundaries of the subject matter.

8. Turn off the "CAPS LOCK". Writing in ALL CAPS is the equivalent of SHOUTING and can cause offence.

9. Choose one place to post each of your unique comments. Don't cut and paste the same comment into lots of different places on the website. These may be considered duplicates and could be removed.

10. Don't be a "troll". Trolls intentionally incite annoyance or offense. They do not participate constructively in the discussion and do not add any value to the debate.

11. Don't bully, harass or threaten other participants. If another participant proffers an opinion that you don't agree with, you have no right to demand that they support their position with a detailed argument. They do not have to respond to your questions. It is up to each individual to participate as much or as little as they wish.

12. Please respect the moderators. Their job is to keep the forum safe and constructive so that everybody gets to have their fair say. It is not always an easy job


Data Protection Statement

The Local Highways Operations Team will use quick polls, online discussion forum, ideas, stories and and feedback tool below to collect your email address which is necessary for the purposes of legitimate interests pursued by the controller, or a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests, rights of freedoms of the data subject. Your data will be processed fairly and will not be used for any other purpose. Our Data Privacy Policy contains further details.


Survey web browser compatibility

Please use one of the browsers below when completing the survey to ensure it looks and works as it should. These are:

· Microsoft Edge version 86 and above

· Chrome version 86 and above

· Firefox version 78 and above

· Safari version 14 and above

How are your local buses doing?

We need your comments, opinions and suggestions.


We also need your photographs of buses going about their business in the county, to share on the #WestSussBus page.

Please send your pics to: westsussbus@westsussex.gov.uk


#WestSussBus will be around for at least a year (started in Spring 2022) - so please become a return visitor to #WestSussBus and air your views.


FINDING YOUR WAY around this page, please explore all areas! (click the links or scroll down):

'Forum'

'Ideas'

'Your feedback about buses'

'Bus Journal'


NOTE: on a mobile phone the 'quick poll' is at the foot of the page


What's it like to be a bus passenger in West Sussex in 2022? Help us create a comprehensive picture. TOP TIP - become a regular 'bus journal' contributor (either post your journal on this site - or send it directly to us at westsussbus@westsussex.gov.uk)


QUICK LINK - Click here if you'd just like to post a suggestion about bus services


What is #WestSussBus for?

We'd like to develop an ongoing dialogue with passengers, and later this year, we'll be establishing a Bus User & Stakeholder Forum and will be searching for a representative from the community of bus users.

Stagecoch bus passing a Compass bus stopped opposite the Cathedral in Chichester


Time to take part!

  • Tell us the things that you need for a better bus experience (choose 'Questions', below)
  • Think of an idea to improve local buses: all ideas are good ideas (choose 'Ideas', below)
  • Make suggestions about bus service (choose 'Forum', below)
  • Complete the Quick Polls and surveys that we'll be posting on this page
  • Join an online discussion (choose 'Forum', below)
  • Sign up to the #WestSussBus e-newsletter

or...

  • Post a regular 'bus journal', describing your experience of being a West Sussex bus user in 2022 (choose 'Bus Journal' below)

We've created a space for your own written, video or image based comments on local buses. Click here to create your very own 'bus journal'. Or just send in a nice video or a few pictures.

Remember, you don't need to write at all - you can submit your journal in images or videos if you prefer. Or add them to your written entry.

Post as regularly as you like.

If you have any questions about #WestSussBus - please contact us at westsussbus@westsussex.gov.uk

You can make your entry as long or short as you like and include the details you feel are relevant. Overheard speech is very useful (but not snooping into personal conversations!)


Green bus at Chichester bus station

A few ideas...

How about the things that are associated with bus travel. Not just the journey itself, for example:

  • Waiting at the bus stop - are your surroundings well looked after? Do you feel safe?
  • What are the bus stops like? Are they in good condition, well placed, have the right facilities?
  • Could your local bus stop be improved.
  • What facilities does a modern bus stop need?

Crawley Fastway bus

Feel free to think creatively...

We'd like to gather your ideas - reasonable, realistic and slightly more visionary - and see what can be done, now, soon and into the future.

We'll be running #WestSussBus for at least the next year, so there's plenty of time.

You can also tweet using #WestSussBus and we'll gather your comments - describe your observations and experiences, as they happen...

Don't miss the bus! Take part in #WestSussBus today.

Current 'hot topic':

How has the way you travel by bus changed since Covid? Is the change permanent or temporary?

Compass bus at a bus stop in ChichesterBus stop sign with rail replacement bus sign

If you have any questions about #WestSussBus - email westsussbus@westsussex.gov.uk


Accessibility Statement

If you require any of this information in an alternative format, then please contact us via email at transporthub@westsussex.gov.uk or by telephone on 01243 777 100 and we will do our best to assist you. If you are deaf or hard of hearing and have an NGT texting app installed on your computer, laptop or smartphone, you can contact us on 18001 01243 777 100.

We are committed to making this website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. Please view the West Sussex County Council Accessibility Statement for further details. Information about the accessibility of the Your Voice Engagement Hub can be found by clicking on the 'Accessibility tab' which can be found at the bottom of this page. Where it exists, we will provide details of any project related content which is not fully accessible under a heading of 'Non-accessible content' below.

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact us at haveyoursay@westsussex.gov.uk.


Hub Etiquette

The following are not enforceable rules, rather they are suggestions about etiquette to help keep the website respectful and constructive:

1. It's a good idea to read through the information on the site and the other participant comments before getting involved in the discussion yourself.

2. Always respect the views of other participants even if they don't agree with you.

3. Be constructive. It's okay to disagree with other forum participants, in fact we encourage debate, just keep the dialogue positive.

4. Always keep things civil. We recognize that this can be difficult sometimes, especially when you are passionate about an issue, but it is important to keep the discussion focused on the issues rather than letting it deteriorate into personal insults.

5. Once you've left your comment keep an eye on the project to see what other people have to say.

6. If you feel that someone has insulted you, report their comment to the moderator by clicking the “Alert Moderator” button. Don't perpetuate the dispute. The moderator will take a look at the offending comment and decide whether it should be removed.

7. Stay on topic. The projects on this website have been created for a specific purpose. Please stay within the boundaries of the subject matter.

8. Turn off the "CAPS LOCK". Writing in ALL CAPS is the equivalent of SHOUTING and can cause offence.

9. Choose one place to post each of your unique comments. Don't cut and paste the same comment into lots of different places on the website. These may be considered duplicates and could be removed.

10. Don't be a "troll". Trolls intentionally incite annoyance or offense. They do not participate constructively in the discussion and do not add any value to the debate.

11. Don't bully, harass or threaten other participants. If another participant proffers an opinion that you don't agree with, you have no right to demand that they support their position with a detailed argument. They do not have to respond to your questions. It is up to each individual to participate as much or as little as they wish.

12. Please respect the moderators. Their job is to keep the forum safe and constructive so that everybody gets to have their fair say. It is not always an easy job


Data Protection Statement

The Local Highways Operations Team will use quick polls, online discussion forum, ideas, stories and and feedback tool below to collect your email address which is necessary for the purposes of legitimate interests pursued by the controller, or a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests, rights of freedoms of the data subject. Your data will be processed fairly and will not be used for any other purpose. Our Data Privacy Policy contains further details.


Survey web browser compatibility

Please use one of the browsers below when completing the survey to ensure it looks and works as it should. These are:

· Microsoft Edge version 86 and above

· Chrome version 86 and above

· Firefox version 78 and above

· Safari version 14 and above

  • Work starts soon on £4.7million Burgess Hill scheme

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    Work starts soon on a £4.7million scheme to support the local economy and improve active/sustainable travel options in Burgess Hill.


    The Western Gateway and Station Improvements Scheme is scheduled to start on 27 June and is one of a series of projects in the town which aim to:

    • Support new housing and commercial development by creating safe, direct and attractive walking and cycling routes
    • Create high-quality public spaces to encourage people to opt for active modes of travel or public transport, providing a safe and reliable alternative to car travel


    The scheme will build improvements between Keymer Road and London Road and link to the wider cycling and walking network. The town centre part of the project extends from the B2036 London Road to the B2133 Keymer Road, including Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Station Road and the Keymer Road roundabout and will include surface water drainage improvements in Queens Crescent. The Wivelsfield Station part extends from the Junction Road / Leylands Road junction through to the existing signalled pedestrian crossing to the west of the railway underpass. See below for more details.


    The improvements scheme is one of the projects within the Mid Sussex Growth Deal and a priority within the Burgess Hill Place and Connectivity Programme - a package of initiatives being delivered in partnership between the County Council, Mid Sussex District Council, Burgess Hill Town Council and the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership to build safe, direct and attractive walking and cycling routes and high-quality public spaces.


    It also represents the continuation of successful infrastructure building within Burgess Hill which includes the A2300 improvements project and the Green Circle and Town-wide Links. These have all been developed as part of the wider Burgess Hill Strategic Growth Programme, helping to support the development of 5,000 new homes, commercial space and supporting the potential for town centre regeneration. The Place and Connectivity Programme is funded through Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership grant secured by the County Council and Mid Sussex District Council.


    Joy Dennis, County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “This multi-million-pound project represents another step forward for the Place and Connectivity Programme’s ambition to transform Burgess Hill into a 21st century sustainable town with improved highways and transport infrastructure. It also aims to create opportunities for economic growth through new jobs, residential and commercial development, while providing safe links for active travel choices between key destinations.”


    Councillor Stephen Hillier, Mid Sussex District Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Net Zero, added: “I am delighted that this new scheme will shortly get underway. On completion, it will offer direct links to the superb cycling and walking routes delivered as part of the initial phases of the Place and Connectivity Programme and will go even further towards promoting active travel for our local communities.”

    The County Council and the scheme’s contractor, Landbuild, will try to minimise the disruption caused by traffic management requirements and ensure access to all premises during the works. The project is scheduled to take about 10 months.


    More details about The Western Gateway and Station Improvements Scheme:

    Western Gateway / Queen Elizabeth Avenue


    This part of the scheme extends from the London Road / Queen Elizabeth Avenue junction and Station Road to the junction of Station Road / Wolstonbury Way.


    It includes the widening of existing footways, amendment of the existing roundabout at the junction of Queen Elizabeth Avenue / Civic Way / Station Road to improve pedestrian / cycle access, relocation of existing signalled pedestrian crossings and conversion to Toucan crossings, provision of shared pedestrian / cycle facilities, raised tables at minor junctions, conversion of the existing mini-roundabout at the junction of Church Road / Mill Road / Station Road to a signalled junction with signalled pedestrian arms, public realm improvements, parking improvements and drainage improvements within Queens Crescent together with proposed Traffic Management Orders to support changes to local on-street parking provision. Links to wider pedestrian and cycling improvements are also provided.


    Burgess Hill Station


    This part of the scheme extends from the junction of Station Road / Wolstonbury Way along Station Road to Hoadleys’ Corner and the Keymer Road.


    It includes the provision of shared pedestrian / cycle facilities, raised tables at minor junctions, public realm improvements at the Station, improvements to the station drop-off / taxi bays, pedestrian improvements at the Hoadleys’ Corner roundabout, provision of widened shared footway / new retaining wall and widened footway outside the Keymer Parade shops together with proposed Traffic Management Orders to support changes to local on-street parking provision. Links to wider pedestrian and cycling improvements are also provided.


    Wivelsfield Railway Station area

    This part of the scheme extends from the Junction Road / Leylands Road junction through to the existing signalled pedestrian crossing to the west of the railway underpass.


    It includes the provision of minor pedestrian improvements to the junction of Junction Road / Leylands Road, public realm improvements, additional cycling and pedestrian facilities together with proposed Traffic Management Orders and linkages to wider pedestrian and cycling schemes.

  • Uber-style bus service halted in Oxford - not profitable enough

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    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-61735066

  • Green off-grid bus shelter arrives in Telford

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    https://newsroom.telford.gov.uk/News/Details/15887

  • UK's first autonomous bus on road trials in Scotland

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    From 'Highways Magazine' 26/4/2022

    "The UK’s 'first full-sized autonomous bus' will take to the roads in Scotland this week as live testing begins for project CAVForth.

    On-road testing of the autonomous, driverless, bus will take place without passengers over the next two weeks in preparation for the launch of the CAVForth pilot service in late summer.

    The estimated cost of the scheme is around £6.1m. Project CAVForth is part-funded by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), delivered in partnership with Innovate UK.

    Transport Scotland's partners on the scheme include Stagecoach, Fusion Processing and Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL).

    Chris Gall, ADL group engineering director, suggested the scheme could 'move towards passenger services later in the year' adding that 'the project will be a landmark demonstration of future technologies in transport'."

    click here for a short video interview about autonomous buses, from the launch of the project in Scotland in 2019, from 'Highways Magazine'

Page last updated: 04 Jul 2022, 03:00 PM