New bus service getting in gear

Little Chelsea. Pic by Eastbourne Borough Council
Little Chelsea. Pic by Eastbourne Borough Council

A NEW bus service running up Grove Road and down South Street is on the cards.

Businesses in Little Chelsea are in talks with Stagecoach, East Sussex County Council and Eastbourne Borough Council over the proposals to extend the bus service in the town centre and all have initially agreed in principle.

The proposal is to re-route Service 3, which runs every 20 minutes, so it travels from the stand in Terminus Road, up Grove Road, turning left at the Town Hall into South Street, left at the Eagle into Gildredge Road, turning right into Hyde Gardens and then right into Cornfield Road, when it then proceeds to the theatres, the Towner and on to Meads Village. There would be three new bus stops - opposite the library and council offices at the foot of Grove Road, close to the surgery at the top of Grove Road, and outside Maxims public house in South Street. There could also be a further stop in Cornfield Road.

Mike Reid, who has been leading the talks on behalf of the Little Chelsea Traders Association, said, “Before the building of the Eastbourne Arndale Centre, and the adoption of the current one way system, buses used to service the area now known as Little Chelsea, and the businesses in Grove Road and South Street thrived.

“There are many handsome buildings and businesses in the area known as Little Chelsea, which takes in Grove Road and South Street.

“Access to those businesses by public transport is non-existent and so many residents and visitors to the town do not even know that such an attractive area and shopping offer exists.”

Public consultation is now taking place among businesses and bus users.

A spokesperson at East Sussex County Council said, “We are working with Stagecoach, the Eastbourne and District Chamber of Commerce and Eastbourne Borough Council on a proposal to introduce a bus service along Grove Road and South Street.”