Introducing the “98 Flex” – your flexible new way to travel by bus around the north of Petworth

Getting around the north of Petworth by bus is now easier with the launch of a new service called the “98 Flex”, which is the latest service to launch as under the county council’s new “Book-a-Bus” service initiative.

“Book-a-Bus” is a demand responsive bus service, which will serve the more rural areas in the county that currently have limited or no traditional bus services available. This new service, funded by central government, operates within set zones and offers passengers pick-up in locations close to them and travel to their destination all for the same price as a standard bus fare. Fares are currently capped at £2 per trip until 31 October 2023, and thereafter £2.50 until 30 November 2024.

The new north of Petworth “Book-a-Bus” is the second zone to be introduced. The “98 Flex” is a fully flexible service with no conventional timetable or routes, operating based on the bookings it receives via the “Ride Pingo” app or by phone. The service covers the rural area to the north of Petworth, with travel restricted to starting and ending within the same zone. Drop-off points with onward connections to travel by bus or train are also included within the service zone to ensure ease of onward travel.