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Rural attractions now accessible by bus in Newhaven and Lewes area

From left deputy mayor of Newhaven Diane Hall, district councillor Susan Murray, district council vice chair Ruth OKeeffe , Lewes mayor Micheal Turner and mayoress Anne Turner and Peacehaven mayor Robert Robertson.

From left deputy mayor of Newhaven Diane Hall, district councillor Susan Murray, district council vice chair Ruth OKeeffe , Lewes mayor Micheal Turner and mayoress Anne Turner and Peacehaven mayor Robert Robertson.

Visitor attractions in the South Downs are now more accessible thanks to a Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday bus service launched this week.

Community Transport for the Lewes Area’s new Towns and Downs Wanderer bus service will mean people can travel by public transport to Southease, Firle Beacon, Plumpton, Ditchling Museum and Jack and Jill Windmills in Clayton.

The development was welcomed by Lewes MP Norman Baker who said it would open up the countryside to those without a car.

Mr Baker said: “The new 131 and 132 buses will greatly contribute towards getting people out to some of the wonderful attractions our area has to offer, especially those that are less accessible without a car.

“I am sure visitors to the area and local residents will take the opportunity this summer to make their visits by bus using these services, and I applaud CTLA for their efforts in getting them started.”

Service 131 and 132 received funding from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

Tickets cost £6.20 for adults, £3.10 for children and £10.50 for a family.

The routes, operating on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, started on Sunday May 25 and will link South Downs National Park attractions as well as offering a service for the Landport, Southover and Malling areas of Lewes.

The hop on, hop off services will accept English national concessionary bus passes and a variety of tickets including Explorer, Discovery, Downlander and PlusBus or customers can purchase a ticket on the bus.

Partnership working is an important factor in Community Transport services and CTLA is grateful to support from the Lewes Town Partnership, East Sussex County Council, South Downs National Park Authority and many more.

The new services were launched at an event at the Linklater Pavilion in Lewes.

Details of the new bus routes at www.ctla.org.uk and leaflets can be collected from many attractions and stops on the routes, including the Tourist Information Centre in Lewes.

 

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