Eastbourne uses Stagecoach services. The circular routes ‘Loop’, 1/1a and ‘The Wave 99’ services use accessible buses most of the time. They accept Class 2 mobility scooters and powerchairs. Owners are required to show they can safely manoeuvre onto a bus, a permit 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, you can get a form from 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, total weight 300kg. 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 user’s resident / permit holders and on chevron-marked no-waiting and no-loading areas. On street disabled bays have no time limit, unless it is signed differently.
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. Pay particular attention to the vehicle height restrictions.
Eastbourne Parking Information Centre, Tel: 08456 801129 (option 1) can tell you where Blue Badge spaces are in the town and answer parking enquiries. Based in Eastbourne Library from July 2018.
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
Wheelchair Transport Services 01323 400429, 0781 3800 948 firstname.lastname@example.org – 6 vehicles; each take 1-4 wheelchairs + seats.
Adrian Attwater 07885 744725 up to 4 wheelchairs + seats.
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
CareCo, Hilliers Garden Centre, Stone Cross. 01323 449380
Clearwell Mobility, High Street, Polegate. 01323 484060
M&B Mobility Services, Tideswell Rd, 01323 721223/638046
My Health Mobility, Diplocks Way, Hailsham. 01323 444861
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 Mondays 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.
Walking or Riding on Paths, Shared Areas and Roads
Please remember pedestrians always have right of way so be prepared to slow down in your scooter, wheelchair or adapted cycle. Many people have hidden disabilities and will not be aware of your presence even with an audible warning.
When buying or hiring a scooter or wheelchair make sure it suits your needs. Before taking charge of your vehicle make sure you know its capabilities, understand the controls and the steps needed to keep it well maintained. You are allowed to travel a maximum 4 miles per hour on pavements. Insurance is advisable. If your scooter has two speed settings it must be set not to exceed the maximum speed permissible. To drive on the road, you need a Class 3 scooter that can travel at up to 8 mph and have front and rear lights, flashing indicators, mirror and a horn. Class 3’s must be registered with DLVA. The Highway Code applies to scooters.
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.