Petition calls for coach service from Eastbourne to London to be reinstated

MORE than 600 people signed a petition to persuade a coach company to reinstate an important route into London. Bus operators National Express used to run an early morning coach service from Eastbourne via Hailsham, Uckfield and Forest Row to London Victoria.

The route closed and was replaced by a much later service which gave passengers very little time to remain in the capital.

Cllr Barry Marlowe from Hailsham worked with local businesses and residents to co-ordinate a campaign to alert the company to the value of the service and ask if they would be prepared to start it running again.

He arranged for petitions to be placed in 14 shops along the route so local people could show their support. Barry said a total of 625 people signed.

On Friday, July 8 Barry travelled to Birmingham to hand over the petition in person to National Express. He was taken on a tour of their new city centre coach station and introduced to members of staff. He said: “A huge amount of interest and support has surrounded this campaign locally.”

A National Express spokesman said on Monday: “We met councillor Marlow on Friday to receive the petition from the Hailsham area and discuss the possibility of adding an extra journey to London.

“We will review the comments as part of our network review over the next year and consider the commercial viability of inserting an additional daily service.”