Uckfield people urged to take part in bus survey

Uckfield people are being urged to take part in a survey about proposed changes to subsidised bus services.

Paul Sparks, chairman of Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association fears some of the changes will have a severe impact on the quality of life of many of its residents.bus 29

He said: “Bus services are often used by the young and by people who, for whatever reason, do not have a car. Most of these people do not have an alternative means of transport and could become trapped and isolated if the services they rely on are removed or reduced.”

Mr Sparks said that although at this stage few services were being withdrawn, many might operate for only two days a week, such as the Uckfield Local Service 248 and 249 which currently runs Monday to Friday for two return journeys.

He added: “The danger is that if the frequency of a bus service is reduced, less people will find it convenient so that fewer people use it with the result that it is eventually withdrawn.”

Mr Sparks is urging everyone to take part in the survey so that the county council fully understands the strength of feeling that the bus services must be protected.

Uckfield services that may be reduced include route numbers: 28, 29, 246, 248, 249, 261, 318, 824 and the Uckfield Rider.rider_bus

The survey is open until September 28, and can be completed on the East Sussex County Council website.

Uckfield Town Council has already expressed concern about the proposed cuts. See: Uckfield bus service cuts of ‘grave concern’

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