Decision details

254,304,305 - Hastings-Hawkhurst-Wadhurst-Tunbridge Wells bus service – To be renamed route 1066

Decision Maker: Director of Communities, Economy and Transport

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To provide contracted bus services on routes 254, 304 and 305 in place of withdrawn Stagecoach services.


Stagecoach withdrew a number of bus services at the end of October 2022. These were operated on a commercial basis up to that point. These are key routes which support an important public transport need. To maintain the service East Sussex County Council (ESCC) have urgently adopted them as contracted services paid for by ESCC.

Without the Council's intervention large parts of East Sussex would have no access to a bus service.

Alternative options considered:

East Sussex County Council (ESCC) looked at 3 options for the 1066 service. Some of these options involved enhancements such are operating on Sundays. Enhancements to the services can be funded using the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) budget if necessary.

Publication date: 30/01/2023

Date of decision: 24/01/2023

Effective from: 07/02/2023