MP to launch new bus service

A NEW bus service will be launched on Friday (March 9) linking The Observatory Science Centre and Herstmonceux Castle with Polegate and Hailsham.

The experimental service, funded a Government’s Community Transport Fund grant, will be operated by award-winning Cuckmere Community Bus (CCB).

It will run once a month on the second Friday of every month on a circular route from Polegate Station, where it connects with fast trains from Brighton and Lewes, also Ashford, Hastings and Eastbourne.

Philip Ayers, CCB’s director and organiser, said, “We are delighted to provide this new service on a trial basis.

“It follows discussions between the Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux Castle and Herstmonceux Parish Council.

“The service has been designed to connect with trains from both directions at Polegate Station to offer a public transport choice to people wanting to visit either attraction. We hope to provide through ticketing with the trains in due course.”

It will run via Wartling to the Science Centre and castle, returning through Herstmonceux and Hailsham, every hour from 10am to 5pm using a low floor easy access 16 seat minibus.The dates when the bus runs in 2012 are: March 9, April 13, May 11, June, July 13, August 10, September 14, October 12 and November 9.

County council chairman Cllr Chris Dowling was also involved in the discussions to establish the service, which will be launched at Polegate Station at 9.45am on March 9 by MP Norman Baker (also Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport) together with Cllr Dowling and representatives of local councils along the line of route.