By Tim Hodges
The age old Brighton summer tradition of an open-top bus to the Devil’s Dyke is no more. For this summer at least.
The service 77 will not have an uncovered top deck this summer.
The buses used from the normal fleet are no longer structurally sound enough to have the top dismantled and crucially Brighton and Hove City Council no longer funds the attendent required on the top deck for health and safety reasons.
Brighton and Hove Buses and their various predecessors have been running open-top services from the Palace Pier and previously Rottingdean to the Dyke since the 1960s.
In the seventies and eighties an old Bristol Lodeka bus would crawl up King George VI Avenue – Snakey Hill to locals – en route to the beauty spot.
Brighton and Hove Buses still runs the Brighton sightseeing tour as an open-top service.