More than 100 people use special New Year’s Day bus service in Wealden

Cllr Barry Marlowe with Cuckmere Buses volunteers
Cllr Barry Marlowe with Cuckmere Buses volunteers

A Hailsham town councillor says he is ‘absolutely delighted’ that a special New Year’s Day bus service was used by more than 100 people.

Bus operator Cuckmere Buses stepped in to fill a service gap in the seasonal timetable over the festive break by operating a bus service from Heathfield to Eastbourne via Hailsham and Polegate on New Year’s Day.

Cuckmere Buses, which is run by volunteers, said it was concerned that Hailsham would be left without any public transport on January 1 as companies normally serving the town do not operate on the day.

Barry Marlowe, oversight councillor for Public Transport Links at Hailsham Town Council and lead member of the Wealden Bus Alliance, said he was delighted the special service was a success. He said: “The town council is pleased to have supported Cuckmere Buses once again in enabling this vital service. Cuckmere Buses has worked closely with the town council over the last seven years to develop supplementary public transport links in and around Hailsham and will continue to support them and local bus operators to make service improvements in the future, specifically for those who cannot access the conventional public transport network.”

Cuckmere Buses managing director Philip Ayers added: “We are delighted to have been able to provide a service through Hailsham and nearby towns when no other operator was running and we’re pleased with the number of passengers carried and their reaction to us was fantastic!”