Transport service to expand to new villages next month

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A CHARITY which provides a public transport service for the people of Battle and the surrounding area, has expanded its service.

For the past 10 years Battle Area Community Transport has been running to help and support rural communities around the Battle area.

The charity, which is run on council grants and donations, serves the transport needs of the people of rural Rother, from the Battle area in the south to the Ticehurst and Burwash areas in the north.

But from next month BACT is to expand its service to include Broad Oak, Brede, Westfield and Sedlescombe.

This follows an approach by members of Brede Parish Council, who were keen to see the service extended into their area.

A new service, which will take in all these villages, will start on October 7.

The route will run every Monday.

Battle Area Community Transport will have a stall in the foyer of Sainsbury’s supermarket in Sedlescombe Road North, Hastings, tomorrow (Saturday) to advertise the new route.

Members of the charity will be on the stall from 9am until noon, handing out the new timetable to shoppers as well as providing more information about the work of BACT.

As well as running timetabled bus services to rural villages, BACT also provide transport to day care centres, hires for lunch clubs, outings and shopping trips to major centres.

Transport is provided by a team of voluntary drivers.

Timetables and further information about BACT can be found on the charity’s website at

Alternatively please call in at the office at Unit 8, Rutherford Business Park,Battle, or phone 01424 772001.

The office is open Monday to Friday, between 9am-noon.