Herstmonceux Parish Council

Serving the people of Herstmonceux Parish

Clerk: Clare Harrison
The Parish Office, 4 The Old
Forge, Gardner Street
Herstmonceux, East Sussex
BN27 4LG

Tel: 01323 833312

H-TAG, HERSTMONCEUX TRANSPORT ACCESS GROUP

The Herstmonceux Transport Access Group, or H-TAG for short, has been formed by 3VA and volunteers from our Parish, along with the help of The Wealden Bus Alliance, to see if we can tackle the transport problems in Herstmonceux. We are aiming to find a practical, local solution to make life easier for Herstmonceux residents, young and old!

Rural transport is a national problem and public transport to and from Herstmonceux is restrictive and not always convenient. The 98 bus service operates from the village and goes to either Hastings or Eastbourne. The first bus of the day leaves at 7 a.m. for Eastbourne with the last bus arriving back in the village at 7 p.m. enroute to Hastings. It is an hourly service, is subject to cancellations and it does not operate on a Sunday. In Hailsham there is a link to an extensive local bus service that takes passengers to Eastbourne, Uckfield, Polegate, Heathfield, Tunbridge Wells and beyond.

However, the isolation of the residents, especially the elderly, and timings of the 98 bus mean that residents have to use cars to get to work, hospital visits, go shopping and access local railway stations. The alternative is to use costly taxi services. This may also mean that some people drive when perhaps they should not and residents, particularly the younger ones cannot use public transport to get to places of employment or study.

Our initial thoughts are to provide a regular shuttle bus service into Hailsham and return. This service would supplement the 98 bus service and give passengers the opportunity to catch other services for their onward journey – and get them back to Herstmonceux at more convenient times.

A survey was carried out some time ago ask the Parish about their transport needs, further funding has since been sought to take this forward. A grant of £10,000 has been obtained and a researcher chosen. He will be looking at public transport and other forms of transport such as cycling and walking. He will also be contacting organisations within the Parish. He will be looking at isolation and other concerns where lack of transport is an issue.

A more comprehensive survey will now be carried out mid- January 2020 with a public meeting being arranged following the results.