We had some great feedback following our one-day free travel offer for National Health Service staff on the NHS’ 70th birthday in July.
One tweet from Sussex Community Foundation Trust Nursery, which provides childcare for NHS staff, said: “When it’s free to catch the bus if you work for the NHS you’ve just got to go and catch a bus. Today we’ve enjoyed celebrating 70 Years of the NHS! Thank you Brighton & Hove Buses.”
Lewes Depot made an appearance on BBC South East Today with one of our buses announcing ‘Happy 70th NHS’ across its destination screen.
All NHS employees had to do was to show their NHS staff ID card to board the bus for free. They didn’t have to be travelling to or from work and they could travel multiple times a day anywhere on the Brighton and Hove network, including Metrobus.
Our buses cover a number of hospitals, including Royal Sussex County, Brighton General, Mill View, Montefiore, Nevill, Nuffield Health, Southlands and Princess Royal, as well as Hove Polyclinic and Portslade Health Centre.
Martin Harris said: “Like many others out there, we wanted to thank our dedicated, hard-working NHS staff.
“We have all had experience of family members or directly ourselves of the brilliant and dedicated work of all the staff in our NHS, often working in extremely challenging conditions. I have huge respect for the dedication and service of the people in our NHS, past and present. The very least we can do is offer them free travel to mark this momentous day.
“I know that summer is a particularly busy time for them, with an influx of visitors and a number of different festivals going on. Their hard work deserves to be recognised.”