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Campaign for Better Transport East Sussex

Photo: Demo for a station at Glyne Gap

Area: East Sussex
Interests: Bus, Cycling, Rail, Road building, Traffic

Campaign for Better Transport East Sussex campaigns on local issues and supports the national organisation in pressing for sustainable transport. We campaign against harmful road building, as well as working for better rail, bus, cycling and walking provision.

We meet every two months, usually on a Thursday. Meetings alternate between Lewes and Eastbourne.

Contact: Derrick Coffee
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Tel: 01323 646866

Latest news

August 2017: Read the latest update from Campaign for Better Transport East Sussex, which details the sucess of the reinstated 349 Sunday bus service to Bodiam Castle (and more besides).

"Who uses the Sunday 349? Caterers, pub and nursery workers, care workers, local recreational users (to Bodiam Castle, KESR, Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard, pubs for lunch), walkers, day trippers from Hastings, shortbreak visitors on days out from Hastings/Bexhill, foreign visitors (German, Romanian, Spanish), shoppers into/out of Hastings, a honeymoon couple – all these have been identified, gently canvassed and given a timetable..." Read more

April 2017: Campaign for Better Transport East Sussex has responded to the consultation on the Heritage Strategy for Hastings, calling for traffic reduction measures. Read the group's response.

April 2017: Campaign success! After a campaign coordinated by Campaign for Better Transport East Sussex, the Hastings-Bodiam-Hawkhurst Sunday bus link has been restored. Find out how this success was achieved, and more about the bus service

January 2017: The latest news update from Campaign for Better Transport East Sussex covers the A27 consultation, integration between buses, trains and bikes, the school run, transport and health and much more, as well as a campaign to restore a lost bus route, and a plan for a regional transport body for the South East.

December 2016: Campaign for Better Transport East Sussex has responded to Highways England's consultation on proposals for the A27 East of Lewes. 

August 2016: Campaign for Better Transport East Sussex has responded to the Council's draft 'Countryside Access Strategy' calling for better access by public transport, especially on Sundays.

June 2016: The latest local transport news can be found on the recently-updated Hastings Alliance website.

31 May 2016: Bus lanes on the A259 between Glyne Gap and Bexhill Road will now not be completed until a year after the opening of the Bexhill to Hastings Link Road. Here is East Sussex Campaign for Better Transport's press release entitled 'Disappointment at a year's delay to bus improvements'.

May 2016: East Sussex Campaign for Better Transport has responded to the consultation on the DfT's draft Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy.

May 2016: East Sussex Campaign for Better Transport has objected to a planning application for a development of two restaurants and a car park on the Glyne Gap 'green wedge' between Bexhill and Hastings. The group argues that the development is not compatible with the NPPF objective of 'facilitating use of sustainable modes of transport'. Read the objection letter.

February 2016: Campaign for Better Transport East Sussex has written to local MPs on the subject of rail season tickets for part-time workers.

January 2016: Campaign for Better Transport East Sussex has featured in the local press.

January 2016: Here is the latest update from Hastings Alliance and Campaign for Better Transport East Sussex. The Bexhill to Hastings Link Road opened in late December – precisely seven years after the initial date predicted by East Sussex County Council, and at £120.8 million, exactly five times the original estimated 2002 costs of £24m. We have to campaign in this new environment.

December 2015: Campaign for Better Transport East Sussex has responded to the consultation on East Sussex County Council's Local Transport Plan Implementation Plan for the coming five years. The group has also objected to the planning application for the North Bexhill Access Road.

October 2015: Campaign for Better Transport East Sussex has written to East Sussex County Council about the DEFRA consultation on air quality.

September 2015: East Sussex County Council is proposing cutting travel support for children with special educational needs and disabilities. Campaign for Better Transport East Sussex has responded to the consultation.

Eastbourne station car parkAugust 2015: Campaign for Better Transport East Sussex is concerned about the new arrangements at the Commercial Road end of the Eastbourne station car park. Pedestrians here outnumber motorists by over 15:1, yet provisions for them are inadequate. One pedestrian path passes behind cars (see photo, right), some of which will be reversing. Another carries pedestrians to a blind corner where moving vehicles are a hazard. Campaign for Better Transport East Sussex has written to the council suggesting imprvements, including a safe footway around the blind corner and speed reduction measures for vehicles. Please contact the group to find out more or report your own experiences at the car park.

Besides this, the group has been contributing to meetings of the Rother Transport Action Group and the Eastbourne and Hastings Hospital Transport Group on subjects including a possible car club for Hastings, the delayed installation of real time bus information screens, and much more. Contact the group for full details.

April 2015: Campaign for Better Transport East Sussex supports - and works closely with - the Hastings Alliance. Recently the groups have been:

  • Highlighting the massive cost increases of the Bexhill Hastings Link Road
  • Highlighting authorities' failure to properly consider sustainable alternatives to the Link Road
  • Fighting against cuts to supported bus services in the county
  • Challenging the calls for ever more and cheaper parking

Find out more on the Hastings Alliance website.