VIPs bus trip to highlight service

A group of Hailsham VIPs took a bus to highlight the benefits of public transport.

Wealden MP Charles Hendry was among the group taking the National Express service to the country’s capital.

The route was launched last July to meet demand from residents for a link from Hailsham to Gatwick airport and London Victoria.

The new Wealden Bus Alliance, which will be working with the Hailsham Bus Alliance, is campaigning for more regular stops in the north of the district.

Cllr Barry Marlowe, a member of Hailsham Town Council, said: “There are very few railway stations in Wealden, so the coach service is a key part of public transport, both locally and for travelling further afield.

“For some with no car, public transport is a lifeline, for those who can access a car, it still provides a more cost effective and less polluting way of getting around.”

Mr Hendry used the bus ride to chat with fellow passengers. He said: “I was very pleased to have the chance to speak to other users, to hear their positive comments on its reliability and the valuable service it provides. But it can only work if it is well-used.”

Also on the bus was Sheik Abid-Gulzar, the owner of Boship Farm Hotel, Hailsham.

Matt Goggins, head of public affairs for National Express said: “Last summer we altered our timetable allowing people from Halisham to take advantage of a longer day in London.”

More information about the Wealden Bus Alliance go to www.wealdenbus.org