Community transport guide

About community transport

Community transport provides services in areas where either:

there is no public transport
existing public transport can’t be used – like if you need wheelchair access.

Community transport is non-profit. It is developed by local people to serve their needs. Services may be provided by different vehicles. This depends on the needs of the community. Most do not run to a timetable but respond to requests.

  • There are several community transport schemes operating in East Sussex. Destinations include:
  • hospitals and doctors surgeries
  • shopping centres
  • workplaces
  • places of entertainment

Find a community transport service on a map

Who can use community transport?

Community transport can be used by everyone in the community. Some operators only carry selected groups. You can contact operators in your area to see if you could use the service.

Fares and concessionary passes

Each transport operator sets their own fares. Based on distance or zones and single or return journeys. Concessionary Travel pass holders may get a reduced fare. Always check with the operator before your journey.

What is East Sussex County Council’s role?

We work in partnership with other organisations. And make sure community transport schemes meet local needs. These organisations include:

  • Primary Care Trusts
  • local people
  • community groups
  • operators

We provide advice and support wherever possible, but the focus and control of these services remains with the local community.

Countywide community transport operators

These community transport services operate across the whole of the county and some surrounding areas.

To find operators in specific areas, use the Community Transport Map,

St John Ambulance

Areas: Throughout Sussex, further afield by arrangement
Contact: Transport Services department
Telephone: 01273 371511
Email: St John Ambulance Sussex email
Website: St John Ambulance website

Community transport – Heathfield, Crowborough and Tunbridge Wells

Here is a list of operators in this area. Please contact the operator direct for details:

Age Concern Heathfield and District

Areas: Heathfield and surrounding communities. For elderly and incapacitated residents.
Minibus Transport: 01435 866960
Medical Car Service (essential journeys only): 01435 515090
Email: Age Concern Heathfield and District email
Website: Age Concern Heathfield and District website

Compaid Transport

Areas: Crowborough, Tunbridge Wells, Hastings & Uckfield
Contact: Mr Mark Gettings
Telephone: 01892 722297
Email: Compaid Transport email
Website: Compaid Transpor website

Friends of Crowborough Hospital

Areas: Crowborough (hospital patients only)
Contact: Transport office
Telephone: 01892 664626
Email: Friends of Crowborough Hospital email
Website: Friends of Crowborough Hospital website

HATCH Voluntary Car Scheme

Areas: Hartfield and Coleman’s Hatch
Contact: Linda Graham
Telephone: 01892 771331
Email: Linda Graham

Mayfield & Five Ashes Community Cars

Areas: Mayfield and Five Ashes
Contact: Gerald Shepherd
Telephone: 01435 873575
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 10.30am and 5pm to 6pm

North Wealden Community Transport Partnership Ltd

Areas: North Wealden and adjacent Parishes
Contact: David & Linda Graham
Telephone: 01892 771332
Website: North Wealden Community Transport website

Rotherfield St Martin Volunteer Driver Scheme

Areas: Rotherfield
Contact: Jo Evans or Thelma Goulding (Volunteer Driver Co-ordinator)
Telephone: 01892 853021
Email: Rotherfield St Martin email
Website: Rotherfield St Martin website

Social Action Project (SAP)

Areas: Wadhurst
Contact: Mrs S Rodgers or Mrs J Wooding-Jones
Telephone: 01892 784191
Email: Social Action Project email
Website: Wadhurst village website

Community transport – Hastings, Bexhill, Battle and Rye

Here is a list of operators in this area. Please contact the operator direct for details:

Hastings Community Transport

Areas: Hastings & St Leonards
Telephone: 01424 436868
Email: Hastings Community Transport email
Website: Hastings Community Transport website

Bexhill Caring Community

Areas: Bexhill
Contact: Angela van Aalst
Telephone: 01424 215116
Email: Bexhill Caring Community
Website: Bexhill Caring Community website

Bexhill Community Bus

Areas: Bexhill
Contact: Mr Stuart Hardie
Telephone: 01424 222820
Email: Bexhill Community Bus
Website: Bexhill Community Bus website

Battle Area Community Transport

Areas: Battle and surrounding villages
Contact: Peter Spandley
Telephone: 01424 870955
Email: Battle Area Community Transport
Website: Battle Area Community Transport website

Rye & District Community Transport

Areas: Rye and surrounding villages
Contact: Pat Hughes
Telephone: 01797 227722

Brede Voluntary Car Scheme

Areas: Brede and Broad Oak (medical appointments only)
Contact: Councillor Carole Kynvin
Telephone: 01424 882123
Email: Councillor Carole Kynvin
Website: Brede community website

Sedlescombe Lift Scheme

Areas: Sedlescombe (medical appointments only)
Contact: Councillor Pauline Glew
Telephone: 01424 870258
Email: Sedlescombe Lift Scheme
Website: Sedlescombe Parish Council website

Community transport – Lewes, Newhaven and Brighton & Hove

Here is a list of operators in this area. Please contact the operator direct for details:

CTLA (Community Transport for the Lewes Area)

Areas: Lewes District, Eastbourne
Telephone: 01273 517332
Email: CTLA
Website: Community Transport for the Lewes Area

Newhaven, Peacehaven & Seaford Lion’s Club

Areas: Newhaven, Peacehaven and Seaford Area
Telephone: 01323 898961
Email: N P & S Lions
Website: Newhaven, Peacehaven & Seaford Lion’s Club

Community Transport (Brighton, Hove & Area Ltd)

Areas: Brighton & Hove, Lewes District & Group Hire throughout Sussex
Telephone: 01273 677559
Email: CT – Brighton & Hove
Website: Community Transport – Brighton, Hove and area

Plumpton Voluntary Driving Scheme

Areas: Plumpton, Plumpton Green, East Chiltington
Telephone: 07855 213947
Email: Geoff Medhurst

Landport Travel Club (Sunday Bus)

Areas: Lewes and trips within a 15 mile radius
Email: Landport Travel Club
Telephone: 01273 476720

Community transport – Seaford, Eastbourne and Hailsham

Here is a list of operators in this area. Please contact the operator direct for details:

Eastbourne Dial-a-Ride

Areas: Lewes District, Eastbourne
Contact: Mr Derek Barnett
Telephone: 01273 517332
Email: CTLA
Website: Community Transport for the Lewes Area

CTLA (Community Transport for the Lewes Area)

Areas: Lewes District, Eastbourne
Contact: Mr Derek Barnett
Telephone: 01273 517332
Email: CTLA
Website: Community Transport for the Lewes Area

Age Concern Eastbourne Shopping and Leisure Transport Service

Areas: Eastbourne
Contact: Transport administrator
Telephone: 01323 638474
Email: Age Concern Eastbourne
Website: Age Concern Eastbourne website

Newhaven, Peacehaven & Seaford Lion’s Club

Areas: Lewes District, Eastbourne
Contact: Derek MacGarvie
Telephone: General enquiries – 0845 833 5981. Minibus bookings – 01323 895432
Email: N P & S Lions
Website: Newhaven, Peacehaven & Seaford Lion’s Club

Seaford St James’ Trust

Areas: Seaford
Contact: Jeremy Knight
Telephone: 01323 492800
Website: Seaford St James’ Trust website

Cuckmere Buses

Areas: Lewes District, South Wealden District & Eastbourne
Contact: Mr Philip Ayers
Telephone: 01323 870920
Website: Cuckmere Buses – Website

Community transport – Uckfield, Haywards Heath and East Grinstead

Here is a list of operators in this area. Please contact the operator direct for details:

CTLA Ltd (Community Transport for the Lewes Area)

Areas: Lewes District, Eastbourne
Contact: Mr Derek Barnett
Telephone: 01273 517332
Email: CTLA
Website:
Community Transport for the Lewes Area

Bluebird Community Partnership

Areas: Lewes & Mid Sussex Districts
Contact: Lee Gander
Telephone: 01444 471919
Email: Bluebird Community Partnership
Website: Bluebird Community Partnership website

Forest Row Community Transport

Areas: Patients from Ashdown Forest Health Centre and/or Forest Row Parish and Ashurst Wood to enable them to attend medical/dental appointments, essentially covering most of Sussex, Surrey and Kent.
Telephone: 01342 822909 (Mon – Fri 09:30 – 12:30)
Website: Forest Row Parish Council
Email: Forest Row Community Transport

North Wealden Community Transport Partnership Ltd

Areas: North Wealden District and adjacent Parishes
Contact: David & Linda Graham
Telephone: 01892 771332
Email: North Wealden District Community Transport
Website: North Wealden Community Transport website

Compaid Transport

Areas: Crowborough, Tunbridge Wells, Hastings & Uckfield
Contact: Mr Mark Gettings
Telephone: 01892 722297
Email: Compaid Transport
Website: Compaid Transport

Getting involved in community transport

Volunteer for local schemes

Community transport relies on local volunteers to help with bookings, fundraising and driving. A few hours of your time could make a difference to your community. Contact your local community transport operator for more information.

Voluntary car schemes

A voluntary car scheme is where individuals in a community can use their own vehicles to provide transport locally.

In order to help local communities set these schemes up the Rother Voluntary Action group have worked in partnership with us to create the Voluntary Car Scheme Toolkit. The toolkit is a step by step guide on how to go about setting a scheme up in your community.