A POPULAR bus route has been revamped, after travel company Compass Travel installed a new vehicle.
The 99 from Chichester to Petworth now has easy wheelchair accessibility, CCTV cameras, and the drivers are trained to help people on and off the bus.
What’s more, the bus can now take bookings for passengers from the out-lying villages, so the bus will divert off its route to pick up pre-booked passengers.
The route will now stop at Byworth, Sutton, Bignor, Graffham, Upwaltham, Duncton, Eartham, East Dean, Singleton, Halnaker, Maudlin and Westhampnett when requested.
Currently it only stops at some of these villages a few times a day.
Chris Chatfield, managing director of Compass Travel, said the buses also had a computer system which connects with bus stops so passengers can see how long the bus will be when they are waiting at the bus stop.
West Sussex County Council cabinet member for highways and transport Pieter Montyn was outside County Hall to cut the ribbon on the new bus on Tuesday.
“Compass Travel are very good friends of ours,” he said. “Our statistics tell us this route is used by a wide range of people. It is great to see a new bus on this particular route.”
Compass Travel said the annual number of passengers on the 99 is around 26,000.
For further information on the service and for the latest timetables visit the website at www.compass-travel.co.uk.