Eastbourne uses Stagecoach services. The circular routes ‘Loop’, 1/1a and ‘The Wave 99’ services use accessible buses most of the time. They accept mobility scooters, no more than 1 metre long. Owners required to show they can safely manoeuvre onto a bus, a card is given to show drivers. Ring Stagecoach Disability Helpline 01227 812409 for more details. Time tables enquiries Tel: 0871 2002233. www.stagecoachbus.com.
The Wave 99 is the Hastings, Bexhill, Eastbourne service.
Brighton & Hove Buses Coaster 12, 12A, 12X & 13X to Brighton and return. All accessible buses with ramps, for more information Tel: 01273 886200.
Disabled Persons Bus Pass Tel: 03003 309471, apply in your local library or online www.eastsussex.gov.uk
Southern Rail provides coaches with accessible toilets, marked with a wheelchair symbol on each train. Four spaces available for wheelchairs and mobility scooters, shared with bicycles and child pushchairs. Maximum size of wheelchairs allowed is 700x1200mm. All local stations are accessible but use the level crossing to cross the line at Hampden Park and at Polegate. If you need assistance, ring the Assisted Travel Line 0800 138 1016 at least 24 hours prior to your journey. There are helpful travel guides, tips on the website www.southernrailway.com
Disabled Persons Railcard Tel:0345 605 0525 or apply online.
Blue Badge holders may park for free with no time restriction in the Council car parks, on-street pay and display bays, (except in spaces designated for other users resident / permit holders) and on chevron-marked no-waiting and no-loading areas. Blue Badge bays have 3 hour limit (see signage).
Please ensure you read all road signage, markings and notices before parking and leaving your vehicle.
Multi-storey car parks – Arndale Centre (free on Sundays), Junction Road and Trinity Place do charge Blue Badge holders.
Eastbourne Parking Information Centre, 55 Gildredge Road BN21 4QW. Tel: 08456 801129 (option 1) can tell you where Blue Badge spaces are in the town and answer parking enquiries.
Blue Badge Applications
Contact Blue Badge Team for Information and help with application. Tel: 01323 464244 or apply online www.gov.uk.
Call-a-cab 01323 746746
Eastbourne and Country 01323 720720
Sussex Cars 01323 726726
Mark Lester 0781 3800 948 (Accessible Taxibus)
Wheelchair Route maps indicating the safest way to travel on pavements in your wheelchair or scooter using dropped kerbs and pedestrian crossings are shown on the centre pages of this Guide. (Digital version available on our website).
Wheelchairs and Scooters
These can be hired or bought from mobility shops in the area:
AB Mobility, 7a St Mary’s Walk, Hailsham. 01323 849736
Clearwell Mobility, High Street, Polegate. 01323 484060
M&B Mobility Services, Tideswell Rd, 01323 721223/638046
My Health, Langney Shopping Centre. 01323 381479
Proctor Health Care, 8 Station Parade, E/b. 01323 417508
Southern Mobility, 2a Cavendish Avenue, E/b. 01323 645067
Weald Mobility, 330 Seaside, Eastbourne. 01323 431455
Shopmobility, Rear exit Arndale Centre by Marks and Spencer, Tel: 01323 439585. Hires manual wheelchairs, scooters and power chairs for those with limited mobility.
The British Red Cross Mobility Aid Service, Thalia House, 3 London Road, Bexhill TN39 3JT 01424 213583. Open Mon, Thurs & Fri 10-1. Lend wheelchairs and equipment for a donation. Will delivery to Eastbourne areas, charges apply or you collect.
East Sussex Wheelchair Service. Tel: 0333 003 5619 a professional referral is required to access this service.
Using A Scooter / Wheelchair Safely On Paths And Roads
Whether buying or hiring a scooter or wheelchair make sure it is suitable for your needs. Have a trial to check the vehicle’s size, manoeuvrability, range and comfort. Ensure you are shown all the controls and know how to look after batteries, tyres, etc.
You are allowed to travel a maximum 4 miles per hour on pavements with pedestrians always having right of way. It is always advisable to have public liability or third party insurance. If your scooter has two speed settings you must be set to the appropriate maximum speed permissible.
To drive on the road you need a Class 3 scooter that can travel at up to 8 mph and will have headlights, rear lights, flashing indicators and a horn. The highway code applies to scooters too.
Motability Scheme for vehicles and scooters
The Motability Scheme provides an affordable, worry-free way for disabled people with higher rate mobility benefit to lease a car, scooter or powered wheelchair. www.motability.co.uk.