This March has seen the launch of a new transport initiative run jointly by Wealden Bus Alliance and Sussex Rail Partnership to provide a free bus service to take residents on a healthy guided walk on Ashdown Forest.
The walks, organised by the National Cats Centre, will take place on the first Saturday of each month and will last for just over an hour. Buses run alternately from Uckfield Rail Station and East Grinstead Rail Station, starting at Uckfield on March 1. The walks start and finish at the National Cat Centre in Ashdown Forest where amenities include a cafe, gift shop and toilets.
Sharon Gray from Sussex Rail Partnership said: “We are delighted to be involved with this scheme to allow people to take healthy walks in Ashdown Forest without the need to use a car.
“This is an excellent example of an integrated transport initiative between rail and us,” added Barry Marlowe, chairman of the Wealden Bus Alliance. “Feedback we received at the launch event was very positive, with many people saying they would recommend the service to friends.”
Dee McDonald, from the National Cats Centre said, “We are very pleased to be supporting this scheme which encourages people to come to the forest on public transport and at the same time helps to protect the environment from harmful exhaust emissions, by leaving their car at home”.
Dave Graham, chairman of Wealdlink which provides the bus said; “As the main provider of community transport in the Forest we look forward to being part of this scheme. The bus is timed to coincide with trains to maximise ease of getting to Ashdown Forest.”