HAILSHAM: New transport task force is set up for town

PUBLIC transport could soon improve following the formation of a new town council task force.

Hailsham Town Council has set up a Quality Bus Partnership to drive forward public transport improvements in the town.

The aims of the partnership will be to provide an improved public transport system through promoting the use of public transport, and the improvement in quality of bus routes and bus stop networks for local residents.

The partnership will consist of Hailsham and Hellingly Council representatives and other local parishes, together with bus operators servicing Hailsham, and other adjoining parishes and East Sussex and Wealden Councils as appropriate.

The first action is for Hailsham Town Council to agree its short and long-term objectives to take to the partnership and prepare an action plan.

Quality bus partnership member councillor Barry Marlowe said, “The appointment of this group is great news for anyone who uses bus services in Hailsham, and I am confident that it will be able to make a real difference to people’s journeys in and around the town.

“We share a common objective with bus operators of encouraging people out of their cars and onto public transport, improving public transport punctuality for residents and minimising the environmental impact of bus services in the town.

“Seeking an increase in the use of local bus services will help us to achieve a sustainable and self-sufficient transport system, which could potentially attract investment, work and leisure opportunities in the future through partnership working.

“The further development of a Quality Bus Partnership between the Town Council, other parishes and bus operators is essential in order to achieve this goal.”