News from West Sussex County Council: 12 June 2020

West Sussex County Council

Public Transport
We’d like to start this week’s update with a reminder that from Monday 15 June passengers will need to wear a face covering on public transport. Exemptions to the rule include young children, disabled people and those with breathing difficulties. The government has issued advice on face coverings and also updated its FAQs as to what you can and cannot do at this time of the outbreak – please take a look.

Continuing on the theme of transport, this week we announced that the government has awarded a £9.8million boost for improving West Sussex Highways’ road network. This is on top of the £8million worth of road resurfacing/pothole prevention works already planned for this financial year.

Bus pass timings update
Bus operators in West Sussex are increasing the frequency of their services. To keep social distancing in place, the use of the free bus pass for pensioners will revert back to bus travel after 9.30am on weekdays from 15 June. The disabled bus pass can still be used at any time.

More shops opening from 15th June
Next week we will start to see more activity on our high streets and in our town centres as non-essential shops begin to re-open. Like every part of the UK, our county’s businesses and economy have been badly impacted by coronavirus. Please help support your local place by shopping local and helping West Sussex not only recover, but thrive again. Read more here:

West Sussex Unwrapped launches on Sussex Day – Tuesday 16th June.
This Sussex Day (Tuesday 16 June) sees the launch of an exciting new venture exploring the history and heritage of West Sussex, courtesy of the West Sussex Record Office and Screen Archive South East.

Delving deep into the county’s past, this multi-media mix of films, photographs, blogs, posters, folk songs, saucy postcards and rare documents have been combined into an entertaining and illuminating visual experience.

From the rolling Downs to sun-filled beaches, the ten-week series will give everyone the opportunity to traverse the length and breadth of West Sussex through the ages. Read more here:

Finally, looking back at Volunteers’ Week, we’d just like to say another HUGE thank you to everyone who has responded to COVID-19 to help others. We’ve been physically apart, but the county’s coming together has been amazing.

Keep safe and thank you for your continued support.


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