Uckfield commuter bus idea mooted by climate change group

Ideas for a ‘commuter bus’ for Uckfield have been put forward.

It was of the longer-term actions suggested at a meeting of the town council’s climate change working group.

A No 54 Stafgecoach service arrives at Uckfield Bus Station

A No 54 Stagecoach service arrives at Uckfield Bus Station

On August 5 last year, the council agreed to support the Climate Emergency declared by Wealden District Council and to consider ways to reduce emissions, including replacing motor vehicles with electric powered ones, wherever possible.

A working group was established to consider ideas.

The town council also has as one of its priorities for the coming year:

  • To investigate ways in which it can reduce its impact on climate change by “reviewing our contracts, buildings and equipment; managing our land for nature and minimising waste”.

A written report of the climate change working group has been provided for members of the council by Cllr Karen Bedwell.

Uckfield town councillor Karen Bedwell

Cllr Karen Bedwell

Her report said: “Longer term, the group looked at public transport options, such as exploring the potential of a commuter bus, either electric or environmentally friendly eg: Lemon buses in Brighton charged a small nominal fee for commuters, which worked out less than car parking charges for one day. 

“The scheme could be expanded to Hailsham and Crowborough in the future. 

“Further work would be undertaken to look into the costs and potential grant funding opportunities to run such a scheme.

“This would reduce emissions, traffic in the town and car parking issues.”

*The Big Lemon buses in Brighton are being converted to all run on electricity. Real more here [external link]

*A former weekly Saturday column on this website written by Observer frequently championed public transport and use of buses to link the housing estates with the shops, bus and railway stations. Here is an example of one of Observer’s comment articles from 2018. Observer left Uckfield last year for work reasons.

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