NEW bus services serving Hastings and its surroundings start this weekend.
From Sunday, Stagecoach will launch a new Sunday service on route 26/26A, between the Conquest Hospital and Priory Meadow, and a Saturday service on route 347, serving Pett.
Stagecoach will also operate a slightly later afternoon service on route 344 towards Rye.
The company has also launched a new Sunday and public holiday service of the 344 route so it can serve Hastings Country Park, following lobbying by park users and borough councillors.
Councillor Trevor Webb, lead member for leisure at Hastings Borough Council, said: “Stagecoach has added four services in each direction, enabling people to get to and from the Fairlight end of the park on Sundays and public holidays.
“The addition of these services will be welcomed by many, especially those who for work commitments cannot visit the park on any other days or do not own their own form of transport.”
To celebrate councillors and the Friends of Hastings Country Park are inviting the public to join them on Sunday for the first bus of the new timetable, expected to arrive at the bus terminal at Hastings train station at 10.57am.
As from Monday service 95, run by Renown, starts a new early journey to the Conquest and most journeys along this route will now include Ashdown House and Sainsbury’s along Sedlescombe Road North.
Holders of the Concessionary Fares Travel card can now travel on this service at half-price before 9am on Mondays to Fridays.
A new timetable booklet from Renown is available from drivers or by phoning 01424 210744 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and are available at www.renowncoaches.co.uk or www.conquestline.com.
The new contracts, awarded by the county council following a county-wide review of bus services, will run for five years. Details at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/buses.