All aboard the vintage seafront bus

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Visitors to Eastbourne’s seafront will see a blast from the past this weekend as Stagecoach launches a classic bus service numbered route 110.

The new service, which starts on Sunday June 30, will follow a circular route from the Sovereign Centre to the theatres via Eastbourne Pier and Terminus Road and will use a restored 1950 AEC Regal single decker and a 1967 Leyland PD2 double decker with an open rear platform.

The service, which will have a driver and a conductor, is part of Stagecoach’s year long celebration of the 110th anniversary of bus services in Eastbourne.

The company has also pledged 10p from every ticket sale to St Wilfrid’s Hospice. The classic bus route was devised by David Rouse, assistant operations manager of the Eastbourne depot, who said, “Eastbourne is recognised for its historic and pioneering role in the development of our national public transport system so we decided to pay tribute to that heritage with a classic bus service.

“We hope that residents and tourists will enjoy using this service which will be a trip down memory lane for some, and a brand new experience for others. We are also pleased to donate some of the proceeds to a local charity.”

Lisa Burroughes, St Wilfrid’s Hospice communications director said, “We are delighted that Stagecoach has chosen to support St Wilfrid’s Hospice through this bus service.

“Route 110 will be a fantastic reminder of the strong heritage Eastbourne has in providing public bus services.”

Route 110 operates from Sunday to Thursday until September 4.

A flat fare of £1.10 applies and concessionary passes will not be accepted.

For bus times call 0871 200 22 33 or visit the Stagecoach website at: www.stagecoacbus.com/eastsussex