Plans for Brighton’s No 18 bus were scrapped after a petition to save the route

A bus company has dropped plans to halve the number of services on a route after raising concerns about how it would affect elderly passengers.

Brighton and Hove bus company had discussed plans to reduce number 18 buses to two an hour instead of four.

A campaign, including a petition to maintain the frequency of buses, was launched and now the company says the proposal “is not being pursued at this time”.

Nick Hill, Commercial Director at Brighton & Hove Buses, said: “This proposal for route 18 is not being pursued at this time and there are no plans to change the route in April. It was an idea that was discussed with Buswatch to gather their feedback and has not been taken forward at this time.”

“However, ridership on Line 18 is still lower than pre-Covid levels due to changing travel patterns and working habits. Unless we see an increase in current passenger numbers, we will have to explore alternative options for the route as it is currently one of the least used services in the city.”

Brighton and Hove Buswatch claimed the bus company was planning to reduce service as it was not making a profit.

They also claim that the bus is only used one-way to go up the hill, while many passengers walk downtown instead of using the service.

Tristram Burden, 43, who started a petition to save the bus route, said: “I started the petition as soon as I heard the service was going to be shut down.

“Having lived here for three years and knowing the area of ​​Queen’s Park with the hill and how difficult it can be to get into town seems like something I really wanted to stand behind.”

“I am delighted that our campaign to end the number 18 cuts has been successful, however I will remain vigilant, with warnings from Brighton and Hove Buses that the route is not profitable, despite having made a staggering £15million in just that a year before the Covid-19 pandemic.” Plans for Brighton’s No 18 bus were scrapped after a petition to save the route

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