Good news for customers of the 52 and 57 buses which serve Ovingdean
Bus passengers will be able to use their discount card with different bus companies from next spring, thanks to a Government grant: Bus travellers in Brighton and Hove will also be able to use their electronic smartcard tickets outside the city after the council won a £71,000 government grant. Money from the Department for Transport, with backing from Brighton and Hove Buses and its parent company Go Ahead, will be used to provide integrated smartcard tickets that also work on council funded services run by Compass Travel and the Big Lemon, such as the 52 and 57 which serve Ovingdean.
The grant money will also pay to install card-readers in ten buses. Currently, The Key smartcard, which also gives residents discounts on other transport options including car club and cycle hire, are only usable on Brighton and Hove Bus Company services and are not accepted by other bus companies.
The three-year pilot scheme, starting next year, will allow the smartcard to be used on Compass Travel services 37B, 47, 56, 57,16 and 66 as well as the 52 service operated by Big Lemon. As well as winning the grant, Brighton and Hove City Council will also contribute up to £27,000 towards set-up costs, with bus companies meeting the running costs.
(story was taken and adapted from the Argus, 20th Nov)