Update on Bus Stop suspensions, A27/A259/A264

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West Sussex County Council is to temporarily suspend a number of bus stops on two major roads where buses have to stop on the inside lane.

Officers reviewed the safety of all bus stops on the dual carriageway sections of the A24 between Findon and Horsham and the A264 between Horsham and Crawley.

This followed an incident on the A24 in January 2016, when a van collided with a bus that stopped to pick up passengers in Washington, injuring nine people.

There have been bus stops on the dual carriageway sections of the A24 and A264 for many years, some of which do not have laybys.

Buses are forced to stop on the inside lane. 

The safety review concluded, given today’s traffic conditions, these bus stops are a road safety risk.

The County Council has taken the difficult decision to temporarily suspend all those stops on the A24 and the A264 where buses have to stop on the inside lane. 

Suspensions are planned to start from Monday, April 25.

In addition, two stops on the A259 that operate in a similar way have been identified and will be temporarily suspended. 

The stops and services affected are listed below:

A24 between Findon and Washington: Worthing Crematorium (northbound), North End/Worthing Crematorium (southbound), North End (northbound), North Farm (northbound) North Farm (southbound), Windlesham House School (northbound).

A24 between Washington and Buckbarn: Washington Roundabout (northbound), Washington Roundabout (southbound), Rock Road (northbound), Spring Gardens (southbound), Old Barn Nursery (northbound).

A264 between Horsham and Crawley: The Cherry Tree (eastbound), Park Road (eastbound), Holmbush Farm (eastbound).

A259 Merston: Kings Head Green Lane (northbound). 

A259 Ferring: Langbury Lane (eastbound).

Other bus stops on the A24, A264 and A259, where buses are able to pull over into lay-bys or slip roads are not affected and will continue to operate as normal.

Bus operators have been consulted and support this decision. 

The County Council is working with the bus operators to identify alternative arrangements where possible.

West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, John O’Brien, said: “We understand these changes may have an adverse impact on some bus passengers.

“However, reducing the road safety risk to the travelling public has to take precedence.

“Over the next few months we will be consulting with local communities to understand the impact of suspending the bus stops.

“The results will be used to determine what, if any, measures should be considered to resolve any issues or concerns that are identified.”