Local long distance bus service hit by EU red tape

Contributed by editor on Apr 02, 2008 - 10:41 AM

It is feared EU regulations risk ruining a reliable local bus service.

The EU directive on working conditions means bus company Stagecoach has had to divide the long distance service between Dover and Hastings.

New rules mean that a bus driver cannot complete any one single route journey of more than 31 miles.

The hourly service which calls at Folkestone, Hythe, Dymchurch and New Romney, will be split at either Lydd or Camber.

There are fears that passengers could miss connecting rail services if there are delays.

A Stagecoach spokesman said they chose Lydd and Camber as they were the places where the number of passengers on the bus is at its lowest and where the buses are scheduled to pass.

The introduction of the new timetable is designed to improve the economy of the operation of the route between Hastings and Dover, which will assist in keeping fare increases down, the spokesman explained.