Going places when it comes to transport

Seaford Railway Station
Seaford Railway Station

Seaford’s new Transport Working Group holds its second meeting on Tuesday, April 7, to start to deal in some detail with the town’s transport problems and opportunities.

It has representatives or interest from rail, three bus providers, cycling groups, disability-access campaigners and concerned groups of residents.

The meeting is at 7pm at the Seaford Town Council Chamber, hosted by Councillors Sylvia Dunn and Sarah McStravick. Access is between 6.45 and 7pm, and there is a lift to the chamber.

On the agenda will be an explanation of the new partnership at Seaford Railway Station to improve the garden and landscaping, and the exciting new cycle provision by East Sussex County Council and Southern Rail which is in place, or planned, for Seaford, Bishopstone, Newhaven and Southease stations.

Neil Smith, of Accessible Transport Seaford, will repeat the presentation of his group’s plans for easing transport difficulties across town for those not in vehicles. An initial county council reaction to this, and also news of traffic surveys in the Vale Road area, will be provided.

A resident’s suggestions for widening the pick-up area for passengers with minimal extension of the route for bus 119 will also be outlined. Brighton and Hove Buses has just introduced a new fleet on the route 12 and is naming buses after local personalities. Details will be available.

Lastly the concerns of residents who feel pedestrians are threatend by speed or narrow roads will be concentrating on the East Blatchington Conservation Area and Belgrave Road as a case in point.

Organisations sending representatives are asked to limit them to two per group. Individuals from Seaford are welcome to attend as space allows. Representatives of horse-riders and taxi-drivers, currently unrepresented, are welcome.

For more details contact Peter White, of Seaford Community Partnership, who is convenor of the meeting, on 01323 897360 or peterwhitecrier@hotmail.com

Brighton and Hove’s buses have been named after notable deceased people since 1999. The idea originated with the Company’s Operations Director Paul Williams as the first double deck low-floor buses were due to be delivered. He suggested they be named after notable landmarks. Like all good ideas, it became even better – in this case by using bus fronts to honour notable names from local history.