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Double-decker bus used to cut trees in West Sussex

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Image caption The bus has completed work in Chichester and Midhurst.

A modified double-decker bus is being used to help workers cut overhanging trees on roads in West Sussex.

The top deck is being used as a working platform while debris is passed down through a chute to the deck below where it is stored.

The former passenger bus has been converted by Stagecoach and loaned to West Sussex County Council.

The council said the majority of overhanging trees were privately owned.

Pieter Montyn, Conservative cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "This is a truly brilliant and effective way of keeping our bus routes clear and solving the problem of overgrown vegetation which can cause a lot of damage to buses and other high vehicles that use our roads."

The bus team completed work in Chichester and Midhurst, before moving on to Crawley.

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