Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Bus Services in Sovereign Ward - tell me what you think!

Langney Point, St Anthonys' Avenue, Kings Park and Kingsmere areas of Sovereign Ward have a good bus service provided by local operator Stagecoach in Eastbourne, operated by a modern fleet of well equipped low floor buses and they tend to run at very regular intervals - I hardly ever hear a bad word about these services in my Ward Councillor mailbag so well done to Stagecoach on this!

Sovereign Harbour currently has an hourly bus service serving North and South Harbours (although residents in developments close to Pevensey Bay Road are able to benefit from the frequent 'Wave' service 99 into and out of Eastbourne Town Centre. The long awaited Harbour Bus Gate which we have campaigned for over many years now, will be delivered along with the regeneration of the Harbour Retail Park in the near future and will make a big difference, enabling Stagecoach to double frequencies of the number 51.

However, I have recently received a number of complaints about service 51. Most concerns appear to be about regular late running and occassional failure to show completely. I shall be arranging to meet the local Operations Manager in the near future to discuss residents' concerns but before I do this, I wondered how many more residents may have experienced problems. If you have any comments (good or bad) about your bus service, please get in touch with me in one of the following ways:

E-mail: councillor.warner@eastbourne.gov.uk
Telephone: 07825 567888 (please leave a voicemail with your number if I don't answer immediately)
Twitter: @CllrWarner

You can also write to me either at home or the Town Hall:

2 St Lawrence Mews                                  Members Room
Sovereign Harbour North                           Town Hall, Grove Road
Eastbourne                                                  Eastbourne
BN23 5QD                                                  BN21 4UG

Above: Elderly step entrance buses often used on Harbour Service 51
Below: Modern low floor buses used on 'Wave' branded Eastbourne Service 99

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