Bus service changes (including back to school changes)

Back to school bus service changes

Please also read our Back to School travel information pages. Below is a list of schools with more detailed changes. If your school is not listed below please check the bus operator’s own website for details on service changes.

Individual school service changes

Bus Service Update - Coronavirus (Covid-19)

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Information for people who cannot wear a face covering

Some people don’t have to wear a face covering for health, age or equality reasons.

To help you quickly explain this to the driver many local bus operators can provide you with an “Assistance Card”, which you can show when boarding. Please visit our Bus travel with a disability page for details on these schemes locally.

Temporary bus service changes from 30 August

Many services are increasing from 30 August. A number of regular bus journeys will be available school/college students only, on a temporary basis. Extra school/college buses have also been added. Please see Back to School Services for details. Other service users are asked try to avoid bus journeys used by school and college students, even when these journeys are open to everyone.

If you can wear a face covering then you must do so when travelling by bus. Some people may be exempt from wearing a face cover.

Arriva

  • 286 – this service will be for students only.

Autocar

  • 256 – The 0750 from Lamberhurst will be for students only, with two buses operating on this journey. The 1600 from Tunbridge Wells Boys Grammar School will have also have an additional bus for students only. Other journeys will be running to their normal Monday to Friday timetable.
  • 293/299 – normal service.
  • 354 (Ticehurst-Wadhurst rail link) – Special timetable to connect with amended Wadhurst train times. The morning journey departs 0705 from Ticehurst (Steelands), arrive Wadhurst Station 0720 to connect with 0729 train to London. Return buses to Wadhurst and Ticehurst will run at 1855 from Wadhurst Station (connecting with 1850 arrival from London) and 1925 from Wadhurst Station (connecting with 1920 arrival from London).

Battle Area Community Transport

Services remain suspended until further notice. Battle Area Community Transport are continuing for ways they may restart services safely. Please continue to check their Facebook page or website for further updates.

Bexhill Community Bus

All journeys withdrawn after 12.38pm. Saturday service withdrawn.

Brighton & Hove Buses

We advise you to check the Brighton & Hove Buses website for full details.

Routes 11X, N12 and N29 are not running on any days. Special timetables on other services in East Sussex as follows:

  • 12/12A – Normal pre Covid-19 frequency of service with some minor changes.
  • 12X – 20 minute frequency on Mondays to Saturdays.
  • 13X – Special timetable. Saturday service withdrawn. On Sundays and public holidays only, until 27 September, buses depart from Brighton Station to Eastbourne at 0940 and every 30 minutes until 1740, plus journeys at 1810, 1840 and 1910 running as far as Newhaven. On Sundays and public holidays only, until 27 September, buses depart from Eastbourne Cornfield Road to Brighton at 1032 and every 30 minutes until 1802, plus earlier morning journeys from Newhaven at 0954, 1024 and 1054. From 4 October, on Sundays and public holidays only, buses depart from Brighton Station at 0910, 1240 and 1610, and from Eastbourne Cornfield Road at 1102, 1432 and 1802.
  • 14/14A/14C – Revised timetable with three buses an hour between Peacehaven and Brighton, including one 14C journey per hour via County Hospital, and an hourly evening service. Five Journeys from Newhaven, before 0745 only. The journey departing 0712 from the Meridian Centre to Cardinal Newman School will be for students only. Late evening journey at 23:40 from Brighton Station returns to Newhaven A normal timetable operates on Sundays.
  • 28/29- Increased timetable. Monday to Saturday daytime service between Brighton and Lewes town centre generally every 10 minutes, Lewes Church Lane every 15 minutes, Ringmer every 30 minutes, Uckfield every 30 minutes. Crowborough and Tunbridge Wells will be generally twice an hour at weekday peak times, and every hour off-peak and Saturdays. The following journeys on schooldays will be for students only: 0655 Uckfield to Tunbridge Wells (additional bus), 0750 Tunbridge Wells to Lewes, 0757 Lewes to Ringmer, 1532 Ringmer to Brighton, 1622 Tunbridge Wells to Uckfield. Sunday service generally twice an hour between Brighton and Uckfield, with one of these buses an hour serving Ringmer and the other bus an hour serving Isfield. Hourly service to/from Crowborough and Tunbridge Wells.
  • 76A – Peacehaven-Longhill School bus will be for students only
  • 79 – Running to a special timetable on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Departures from Brighton (Old Steine) at 0945, 1045, 1145, 1255, 1405, 1515, 1625, 1735. Departures from Ditchling Beacon Car Park at 1015, 1115, 1220, 1330, 1440, 1550, 1700, 1810.
  • 92 – Service reinstated. The 0652 from Telscombe Cliffs Way to Seaford Head School will be for students only.
  • 492 – This afternoon journey from Seahaven Academy to Paradise Park and Denton Corner will be for students only.
  • 494 – This afternoon journey from Seahaven Academy to Peacehaven and Saltdean will be for students only.

Compass Travel

We advise you to check the Compass Travel website for full details .

  • 31 – Normal service. Extra buses will run to both Warden Park School and Uckfield (for Uckfield College) for students only.
  • 119 – The morning 0809 journey from Alfriston, and the afternoon 1537 journey from Seaford Head School, will be for students only. Normal service during the day.
  • 120 – Normal Saturday afternoon timetable is in operation. Cuckmere Buses is now running its morning and afternoon service on Tuesdays and Thursdays plus its Saturday morning service (see Cuckmere Buses section).
  • 121 – Increased timetable with an amended Monday to Friday service: The first journey from Newick changed to depart from Newick The Bull at 0722, then run via South Chailey and Barcombe, arriving Lewes Bus Station at 0802. Additional buses for students only: 0800 Newick The Bull to Chailey School; 1517 Chailey School to Newick. The 0806 from Lewes High Street to Chailey School, and the 1520 from Chailey School to Lewes, will both be for students only. Normal Saturday service restored, including Sheffield Park Gardens and Bluebell Railway.
  • 122 – The Monday to Friday 0742 journey from Barcombe Cross will be provided by route 121 and will not serve Barcombe Mills. Otherwise a normal service is restored.
  • 123 – Increased timetable with an amended Monday to Friday service. The 0655 from Saltdean and 0740 from Newhaven will be for students only. A new journey, available to all users, will depart from Newhaven Lower Place at 0718, arriving Lewes Bus Station 0748. The schooldays only departure at 1517 from Lewes bus station is withdrawn. A journey for students only will run from Priory School to Rodmell, Piddinghoe and Newhaven, along with an extra bus for students only to Kingston. No change to the timetable on Saturdays.
  • 125 – Increased timetable similar to the normal provision, with the daytime service between Lewes and Eastbourne restored. The 0755 from Alfriston will be for students only and only run on King’s Academy schooldays. The 0800 school holidays only journey from Alfriston is withdrawn. The 1515 schooldays only journey from Lewes Bus Station is withdrawn. A journey for students only will run from King’s Academy to Alfriston at 1530.
  • 126 – Normal service on Compass Travel journeys. See the Cuckmere Buses section for news of their route 126 journeys, and Compass Travel service 119 (above) for additional journeys between Alfriston and Seaford.
  • 127 – Revised afternoon timetable after 1350, with departures from Lewes Bus Station at 1415 , 1450 (not to and from Malling), 1540, 1645, 1715, 1805 and 1840 (not to and from Malling). Normal service on Saturdays.
  • 128/129 – On Mondays to Fridays, the 129 journey at 1502 from Lewes Bus Station is replaced by a 128 journey at 1430, running to Nevill only. Otherwise the normal Monday to Saturday service is restored.
  • 143 – Normal service restored, apart from the 1405 journey from Hailsham will not serve Harrisons Lane and Springett Avenue in Ringmer, or Church Lane and Tesco in Lewes.
  • 145 – Normal service restored.
  • 166 – Normal service, except the 0811 from Haywards Heath Perrymount Road to Warden Park School will be for students only. An additional bus numbered 33, for students only, will run at 0749 from Wivelsfield Ote Hall Chapel to Warden Park School, returning from school at 1528. The 166 1535 departure from Warden Park School will be for students to Perrymount Road.
  • 167 – Normal service restored, apart from the 0820 from Burgess Hill to Wivelsfield Primary School being for students only, along with the return journey at 1522 from school.
  • 168 – Normal service restored.
  • 228/229 – Normal service restored. The 0722 228 journey from Crowborough, including the Jarvis Brook loop, will have an additional bus for students only. In the afternoon the 1550 228 journey from Tunbridge Wells Boys Grammar School to Crowborough will also be for students only. An additional bus will start from Tunbridge Wells Royal Victoria Place at 1610, running to Crowborough and Jarvis Brook via Showfields.
  • 231 – Normal service apart from the following: On the 0735 journey from Uckfield, only students will be allowed on the section of route between Heathfield High Street and Heathfield College. The 1515 journey from Heathfield College will be for students only as far as Heathfield fire station. Seaford & District’s 0730 journey from Hurst Green will be for students only until Heathfield College. Their 1435 journey from Uckfield will only be for students on the section of route between Heathfield High Street and Hurst Green.
  • 261 – Normal service. Extra buses for students only will run as follows: 0750 Forest Row Brambletye to East Grinstead; 0806 East Grinstead to Uckfield; 1442 East Grinstead to Forest Row; 1550 Uckfield to Nutley.

Community Transport for the Lewes Area (CTLA)

  • 131 – service suspended.
  • 132 – normal service.
  • 246/248/249 – normal service.

Cuckmere Buses

We advise you to check the Cuckmere Buses website for full details.

  • 25 - Normal Saturday service in operation. For route 125 on weekdays see the Compass Travel section.
  • 26 – The Sunday service resumed from 2 August. The bank holiday service remains suspended.
  • 36/37 – Service suspended.
  • 38 – Service suspended.
  • 40 - Tuesday service suspended. Normal Friday timetable.
  • 41 –Service operating Tuesday and Thursday mornings only to a revised timetable, now again including Wannock and Jevington.
  • 42 - Normal Wednesday only service.
  • 43 – Normal service.
  • 44 – Revised Tuesday and Thursday timetable in operation. Serves Stud Farm at 0920, then 0927 Glen Close, with 1310 return from Eastbourne.
  • 45 – Normal service.
  • 47 – This Ramblerbus service is running on Sundays only. First journey 1100 then hourly until 1500 from Berwick Station.
  • 49 – Normal service.
  • 120 - Running on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only (Cuckmere Buses provide the Saturday morning service – see Compass Travel section for afternoon service). Cuckmere Buses 120 service suspended on all other days.
  • 126 - Running on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only. Cuckmere Buses 126 service is suspended on all other days. See also Compass Travel section for details of its service 119/126 journeys between Alfriston and Seaford on Mondays – Saturdays.
  • 195/196 – Normal service.
  • H1/H3/H4 – Revised timetable, running on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, plus Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Saturdays services and Monday afternoon services remain suspended.

Go Coach

  • 234/238 – replaced by new service TW8 running at similar times.

Hams Travel

  • 253 - replaced in Burwash, Etchingham and Hurst Green (Station Road) by new service U3, to revised times, and operating direct to and from Uplands College. U3 will be available to students only. See service 254/254R for revised arrangements from Hawkhurst and Flimwell.
  • 254/254R – replaced by new services U1, U2, U4 and U5, providing additional capacity. These services will be available for students only. See ‘Back to school bus service changes’ information for Uplands College for more details.
  • 258 – no change. This service will be for students only.
  • U19 – revised afternoon timings. This service will be for students only.

Metrobus

We advise you to check the Metrobus website for full details.

  • 270 –Revised timetable, including changes to accommodate new Sackville School finishing time.
  • 271/ 272 – Normal service.
  • 291 – Normal level of service restored. The second 0718 bus from East Grinstead to Tunbridge Wells Bennett Memorial School will be for students only. There will also be an extra bus for students only at 1436 from Sackville School to Tunbridge Wells (not serving Tunbridge Wells Town Centre). The 1545 from Bennett Memorial School will be for students only up until Forest Row, Post Horn Lane.

North Wealden Community Transport (Wealdlink)

  • 224, 225, 226 – Normal services.
  • 262 – Service resumed from 8 August.

Wealdlink are operating a limited shopping delivery service for their service users. Contact Wealdlink on 01892 771332 if you need help.

Rambler Coaches

  • 304 – This service will be for students only. An extra bus, for students only, will operate to and from Claverham College.
  • 313 – These schooldays only journeys, between Northiam and Rye, will now be provided by Stagecoach and for students only.
  • 342 – Service restored
  • 355 – This service will be for students only.
  • 360, 361 – These Bexhill College services will be for students only.
  • 381 – This service will be for students only
  • 382 – This service will be for students only. An extra bus will run, mornings and afternoons, between Brede Red Lion and Robertsbridge College.
  • 383 – This service will be for students only. An extra bus will run on service 382, which serves the Rainbow Trout in Broad Oak.

Rye & District Community Transport

  • 326 – Now operating to a normal timetable on Mondays to Fridays. No service on Saturdays until further notice. The Rye and district dial a ride service continues to operate for those still needing to make vital journeys. For bookings telephone 01797 227722.

Seaford & District

  • 142 – This service will be for students only
  • 149 – this service will be for students only. The afternoon journey will depart from Chailey School at 1455.
  • 150 – this service will be for students only. The afternoon journey will depart from Chailey School at 1455.
  • 227 – this service will be for students only. It will not serve Crowborough The Broadway.
  • 265 – new extra morning and afternoon bus between Heathfield High Street and Heathfield Community College. Departs High Street at 0820. For students only.
  • 266 – new extra morning and afternoon bus between Hellingly, Horam and Heathfield College. Departs Hellingly Village Hall at 0740. For students only.
  • 267 – revised timetable with the morning journey running 10 minutes earlier. This service will be for students only.
  • 268 – revised timetable and altered to run non-stop between Hellingly and Heathfield College. The morning journey running 10 minutes earlier and the afternoon journey departing from Heathfield College at 1530. This service will be for students only.
  • 269 - revised timetable with the morning journey running 10 minutes earlier. This service will be for students only.
  • 318 – From Tuesday 8 September the morning journey will run 5 minutes earlier. A second journey will depart from Laughton Roebuck at the new time of 0829. In the afternoon Laughton students will need to travel on a revised 1527 journey. A second journey will depart from King’s Academy at 1538 for students travelling to other destinations. All journeys will be for school/college students only.
  • 331 - This service will be for students only between Hurst Green and Heathfield Community College.
  • 468 - This service will be for students only. It will run 20 minutes earlier, starting from Ditchling Common, Folders Lane East, at 0740. Its time at Plumpton Green Station will be 0758. Once it arrives at Chailey School the bus will return to Plumpton Green Station for 0818, so to provide sufficient space for all students. Service 468 will depart Chailey School to Plumpton Green at 1450, before return to school for 1510 to collect the remainder of students. The 1510 journey will serve Plumpton Green and stops beyond, as far as Ditchling Common.
  • Eastbourne Sightseeing Service – Daily service until 27 September. Departures from Eastbourne Pier at 1000, 1045, 1130, 1215, 1300, 1345, 1430, 1515, 1600, 1630 and 1700.

Stagecoach

We advise you to check the Stagecoach website for full details.

Eastbourne area, including Polegate, Hailsham, Uckfield, Heathfield, Mayfield and Rotherfield. Normal timetables resume, with the following exceptions:

  • 5, 5A – The 1526 5A from Langney to Sovereign Harbour will run up to 5 minutes later and the 1559 from Langney to Beachlands will run 5 minutes later.
  • 6, 57, 58 – The journeys serving Willingdon School will be for students only. The afternoon journeys will depart the school 5 minutes later.
  • 54 – on schooldays the 1322 from Uckfield will terminate at the District General Hospital.
  • 99 – An extra bus, for students only, will run on the 0734 journey from Bexhill to Eastbourne. This is intended for St Catherine’s College students. In the afternoon an extra bus for students will run from the A259 Tanbridge Road bus stop at about 1520, following the normal 99 service bus to Bexhill.
  • 252 – The schooldays only 0723 from Heathfield will be for students only, as will the 1600 from Southborough. The schooldays only 0725 from Tunbridge Wells to Heathfield Community College will be for students only, as will the afternoon return journey at 1510 from the college.
  • 501 – The afternoon journey will depart 30 minutes earlier at 1455.

Hastings area, including Bexhill, Ninfield, Battle, Robertsbridge, Ticehurst, Wadhurst, Bodiam, Westfield, Northiam, Peasmarsh, Rye, Camber, Winchelsea. Normal timetables resume, with the following exceptions:

  • 2 – New additional off peak journeys will run between Hastings and Northiam on Mondays to Saturdays. This will broadly provide an hourly service.
  • 21/21A – The 0807 21A journey from Hastings Station to Ore King’s Head will be for students only. The 1519 21 journey from Ore King’s Head to Hastings Station will also be for students only.
  • 22 – The 0816 journey from Silverhill to Harley Shute will be for students only. The 1520 from Harley Shute to Silverhill will also be for students only.
  • 26/26A – The ARK Alexandra extra bus on Mondays and Tuesdays will run at the earlier time of 1520.
  • 28 - An extra bus, for students only, will run on the 0746 journey from Hastings Station to ARK Alexandra Academy, serving both sites. In the afternoon an extra 28 bus for students will serve both sites, starting at William Parker at 1520 on all schooldays.
  • 70 – This service will be for students only
  • 73 – This service will be for students only. The afternoon journey from ARK Alexendra Academy (William Parker site) run at 1520 on all schooldays.
  • 74 – This service will be for students only.
  • 95 – The 0735 from Little Common to Bexhill Academy and Claverham College will start and run 5 minutes earlier. This journey will be for students only. There will be an extra bus, morning and afternoon, between Ninfield and Claverham College for students only. The 0740 from Conquest Hospital will be for students only as far as Claverham College, whilst the afternoon return bus from Claverham College will have an extra bus. The 1400 from Conquest Hospital will divert into Bexhill Academy at 1445 and not serve Morgan Close. The 1530 from Claverham College to Little Common will be for students only. The 1610 from Conquest Hospital going via ARK Alexandra Academy sites on schooldays will run as the non-schoolday 1600 journey on the normal line of route.
  • 99 – An extra bus, for students only, will run on the 0734 journey from Bexhill to Eastbourne. This is intended for St Catherine’s College students. In the afternoon an extra bus for students will run from the A259 Tanbridge Road bus stop at about 1520, following the normal 99 service bus to Bexhill.
  • 101 – This service is currently running via the 100 route between Hastings and Rye due to the road closure between Ore and Fairlight Glen. A shuttle service (see timetable) is being provided between Fairlight Cove, Pett Level and Rye Station, where connections can be made with services 100 or 101 to and from Hastings.
  • 254 - The 0725 journey from Hawkhurst will have an additional bus for students only. The 1545 journey from Bennett Memorial School to Hawkhurst will also have an additional journey for students only. Stagecoach will otherwise be operating a normal schooldays timetable.
  • 293 – This service will be for students only.
  • 304 – Rambler Coaches will be running an extra bus to their service 304, between Hastings and Claverham College, both morning and afternoon. This will be for students only. There will also be an extra bus on the 0800 from Hawkhurst to Robertsbridge and Claverham Colleges, for students only. In the afternoon there will be an extra bus from Robertsbridge College to Hawkhurst at 1538.
  • 313 – Stagecoach will be providing the journeys previously provided by Rambler Coaches, departing at 0810 from Northiam and 1533 from Rye Station. This will be for students only on a temporary basis.
  • 320 - This service will be for students only.
  • 347 – From 3 August more journeys are extended to serve Pett on Mondays to Saturdays. Buses will depart from Chick Hill at 0826, 1012, 1217 and 1402; and from Hastings Queens Road at 0945, 1150, 1335 and 1740.
  • 359 – This service will be for students only. An extra bus will operate both morning and afternoon.
  • 384 – This service will be for students only.
  • 553 – This service will be for students only.

The Big Lemon

We advise you to check The Big Lemon website for full details.

  • 47 – Reduced timetable. Buses depart from East Saltdean, Bannings Vale, at 06:50, 07:30, 08:30, 10:30, 13:30, 15:30, 16:30, 18:35 and 19:35. From Brighton Station they run to East Saltdean at 07:57, 09:36, 12:36, 15:36, 17:48 and 18:48, plus a journey from Brighton Marina at 14:57.
  • 57 –temporary timetable providing a mainly 2 hourly frequency on Sundays.