Wealden MP backs campaign for Hailsham bus route

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THE MP of Wealden District has thrown his weight behind a local campaign to get a bus route re-instated from the Hailsham area with different times.

Charles Hendry has backed Hailsham town Cllr Barry Marlowe’s proposal to change the National Express service from Hailsham to London.

At the moment the National Express coach service 024 (Eastbourne to London Victoria) leaves Eastbourne at 10.30am, calling at Hailsham, Uckfield, Forest Row and East Grinstead. It arrives in London at 1.20pm which Cllr Marlowe believs is late since the return journey leaves London at 3pm – giving just two hours in the capital city for day trippers.

Cllr Marlowe’s campaign is pushing for a departure at 8.23am to arrive at 10.5am. And he wants the return journey to begin at 6pm. This would give day trippers seven hours in London.

Mr Hendry said: “I strongly urge National Express to look at re-instating the coach service from Eastbourne to Victoria, as it is an important service to local communities’.

“Its reintroduction would greatly benefit people in Wealden as an alternative means to travel to London. I hope National Express will look very carefully at the issue and decide to reinstate this service as soon as possible.”

Supporters can sign petitions calling for a change in the bus route, available at 14 locations in Sussex including Train Treats News at Polegate Railway Station, and in Hailsham: J & R News in the High Street, Tesco supermarket and Thank the Forces charity shop in North Street, and Tiffin Cafe in George Street.

Cllr Barry Marlowe said 400 people have signed the petition so far which will be given by Mr Hendry to a representative of the bus firm in two weeks time.

Cllr Marlow told the Express: “The campaign is going very well. I am confident they are going to give it very seirous consideration. They were a bit disinterested in the beginning but now they want to be updated all the time, and they were surprised 400 people have signed the petition so far. That is much more than anticipated.”