A ‘THUMBS UP’ has been given by local passengers boarding a reinvigorated National Express service from Hailsham to London, via Gatwick Airport.
Town Cllr Barry Marlowe successfully persuaded the national coach firm to reinstate the service after he collected 600 supporting signatures in a petition last year.
Residents boarded at Eastbourne, then Hailsham to go to London Victoria on the first journey on Monday, July 2. Andrew Parker, London area general manager for National Express, met the coach on arrival at Victoria and welcomed the passengers.
Passenger David Tilley from Eastbourne was very pleased, as the new service allowed him to make a good connection at Victoria for his onward journey to Wales.
Frank Hipgrave and Eileen Chrisford from Hailsham, both on a day trip to London, stated their delight about the new service and how they will now have a full day in London. Both had signed the petition last year and intend to be regular route users.
Jamie Walter who boarded at Eastbourne was travelling onwards from Victoria to see his girl friend in Stoke on Trent. He was delighted at the new service, particularly as it was £150 cheaper than a similar return rail ticket.
The coach arrived exactly on time at London Victoria after a smooth and comfortable journey. The all new coaches on this route have toilets, air conditioning, reclining leather seats, and plugs for laptops and mobile ‘phones.