Compass takes over The Sussex Bus’s routes

Worthing-based Compass Travel (Sussex) Ltd has cemented its position as the largest independent bus operator in the south east, with the purchase of the 11 routes operated by The Sussex Bus. All drivers have been transferred under TUPE, but the deal does not include vehicles or other equipment.

The Sussex Bus ran 20 vehicles on 11 routes, which are now being run by Compass Travel

Operations were transferred on 1 October and The Sussex Bus, part of Chichester City Coaches, owned by Russell and Pam Stepe and trading as The Heritage Group, will concentrate on its vintage vehicle operation.

To cover the routes, Compass has bought and hired 20 vehicles, most of which are allocated to its Lewes outstation to serve the newly-acquired mid-Sussex routes.

As a result Compass now runs 85 buses, alongside five coaches on private hire.

The sale will enable Compass to integrate its mid-Sussex services with these routes and provide The Sussex Bus staff with continued job security. Passengers will also benefit from a more flexible travel option through the Compass network.

The move was in part prompted by The Sussex Bus’ loss of its premises at Burgess Hill for housing development and the decision of a senior advisor to retire.

Says Compass Travel MD Chris Chatfield: “I am delighted to have reached a mutual agreement to continue these routes as part of our expanding network.”

Monthly/weekly tickets issued by The Sussex Bus will be accepted by Compass until expiry.