Chichester Observer

Free Tesco bus axed as it’s ‘been under used for years’

- Joe Stack

Readers of this newspaper have given their views following news that a free bus route to Chichester’s Tesco would be scrapped.

The 48 bus service will end on August 8, Tesco has said, after a years of ‘under use’.

It ran from Chichester Bus Station to South Street, the cathedral, Westgate, Westgate Leisure Centre and finally to Tesco in Fishbourne Road.

A Tesco spokespers­on said: “We have made the difficult decision to stop the provision of the number 48 bus service to and from our Chichester store which has been under used for some years.

“We will do everything we can to provide support where it is needed, particular­ly to those who are elderly and vulnerable in the community

and to whom, should this removal mean they are unable to access the store, we would prioritise our online deliveries.”

Taking to social media to give her view on the announceme­nt, Christine Fisher said: “Very sad. The lack of use in some part is probably due to people having to shield and isolate. The service has gradually got less over the years anyway.”

Janice Maynard added: “That’s the trouble, people

who don’t have a car or don’t drive suffer. Same as using public transport. If they took the bus off where I live I’d be snookered.”

Micia Jayne Starky said: “The past 18 months have not done the route any good.

“I often used it but not for about 18 months as I had to isolate for a time, but used to use Tescos all the time, but with Covid I could not get a delivery slot, then they put the charges for delivery up, so have stayed with Sainsbury’s.”

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Tesco said it was a difficult decision to withdraw the bus service

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