Number 28 and 344 bus routes reinstated

Two Sunday bus services that were axed during county council cutbacks have been reinstated.

The number 28 route along The Ridge and to the town centre via the Conquest and the number 344 between Hastings and Rye were originally part of several routes that were either changed or lost.

East Sussex County Council proposed the move in order to save £1.79 million in subsidies it pays to keep bus routes operating.

The controversial changes were approved at County Hall last month following a 12-week consultation period.

On Wednesday the Hastings Parking Board voted to use the parking revenue surplus of £29,500 to fund the reinstatement of the Sunday services of the number 28 and 344 services.

The money will fund the services for 12 months.

Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Hastings and Rye, Sarah Owen, who campaigned against the cuts with her Don’t Stop Our bus campaign, said: “The number 28 is a vital route along The Ridge and to the town centre taking in the Conquest Hospital.

“And the 344 is an important link between Hastings and Rye and serving Fairlight, Pett, Winchelsea Beach, Rye and Playden.”