GETTING ready for Christmas has just become a little easier for residents in rural areas East Sussex, thanks to a special travel offer.

On Saturdays in the run up to Christmas residents can use East Sussex County Council’s on-demand bus service for just £1, when paying in person on the bus.

Flexibus, which operates in areas of East Sussex where there are limited or no bus services, connects people with their nearest town or to the wider public transport network.

Cllr Claire Dowling, the county council’s lead member for transport and environment, said: “Our special offer will make it easier and cheaper for residents to enjoy festive events and get prepared for Christmas, while supporting their local high street.

“The Flexibus service has proven very popular since launching earlier this year, and we hope that this Christmas offer will encourage even more people to make use of the on-demand bus service.”

Flexibus journeys can be booked up to a week in advance on the Ride Pingo app, which can be downloaded using a QR code, or by calling 01273 078203 (6.30am to 7.30pm, Monday to Saturday).

More information about Flexibus and how it works, and the QR code for the Ride Pingo app, can be found at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/roads-transport/public/flexibus

Residents who do not live in a Flexibus zone can take advantage of the current £2 single journey fare on conventional bus services.  The Department for Transport fare reduction runs until December 31, 2024.