Appeal for more bus shelters in Lewes to encourage visitors

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A Lewes Town Councillor is campaigning for more bus shelters to be built in the town.

Cllr Derek Lamport (Lib Dem, Castle Ward) said they are badly needed at the most frequently used bus stops.

He said that Lewes is an important shopping destination for people in the surrounding towns and villages and it is important that provision is made to encourage them to use the bus service into the town as parking becomes more difficult.

“It is vital that, for the benefit of the planet, we encourage more people to use public transport, particularly the local bus system,” said Cllr Lamport.

“Being able to wait in a shelter out of the wind and rain is a significant incentive. There may also be some windfall advantages such as an increase in human health and happiness.

“I am delighted that the operations manager of Brighton and Hove Buses is being very helpful in suggesting his company may be able to part fund some sites.

“He has also identified other possible sources of funding.”

Cllr Lamport was hoping to persuade Lewes Town Council to support this initiative at its meeting yesterday (Thursday).

Priority sites identified for shelters so far include: outside Waitrose, outside Lewes Crown Court in the High Street and outside Lewes Prison.

Meanwhile, the late Paul Millmore, tireless South Downs campaigner, is to be honoured by having a bus named after him. His name will appear on one of the Brighton and Hove Bus Company’s new Hybrid eco-double decker buses.

The launch ceremony will be performed by local MP Norman Baker at Lewes Bus Station next Friday.

Mr Millmore, who died at his Lewes home in March, was instrumental in the creation of the South Downs National Park.