Familiar red buses operated by theSussexBus will disappear from roads from Monday as a new operator takes over the company’s routes.
theSussexBus has been bought out by Compass and that company’s white buses will be out and about in the Uckfield area next week.
The Uckfield service 31, Haywards Heath, Uckfield, Heathfield and Hurst Green, and 431 Newick to Uckfield, are both involved in the takeover but routes and timetables will be unchanged.
A press release from Compass say the sale will enable Compass to integrate their mid-Sussex services with these routes and provide the SussexBus staff with continued job security.
It continues: “Passengers will also benefit from a more flexible travel option through the Compass network.
“theSussexBus felt it was the right time to make this decision, following the loss of its premises at Burgess Hill for housing development and the decision of a senior advisor to retire.
“It was thought that Compass, as an established operator in the area, would be best placed to secure the future of the services.”
Chris Chatfield, managing director of Compass Travel said: “I am delighted to have reached a mutual agreement with theSussexBus to continue these routes as part of our expanding network. We look forward to serving new and existing passengers.”
Monthly/weekly tickets issued by theSussexBus will be accepted by Compass until expiry.