After months of disruption on the rails, the managing director of Brighton and Hove Buses is warning commuters their journeys are set to take longer. Martin Harris says roadworks have already seen the average bus journey time increase by 13 per cent in the last eight years and predicts they will continue to pose a problem for passengers. Upcoming resurfacing works on North Street will severely disrupt 32 bus services while Southern Water repairs the 7-year-old road surface.
In a post on his blog Mr Harris said steps are being taken to reduce bus delays, including introducing double doors on routes 1, 1A and 7. The post reads: “Despite great council support for bus infrastructure over many years, the city cannot afford to rest on its laurels as, in common with cities across the UK, congestion continues to impair bus services, reducing their punctuality and requiring greater numbers of buses to deliver the same levels of service in many cases.
“We have started introducing double door buses to mitigate congestion delays and over 80% of our customers no longer use cash when they board. Nevertheless, this spring there will be an even greater emphasis on re-timing routes to improve reliability.”
This news comes days after the bus company announced changes to its routes, including the i7 and 7X services being cut and other services being made more frequent.
On the upside, Brighton and Hove Buses are aiming to equip all of their fleet with free WiFi before the end of February.