Bus service changes

Bus Service Update - Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Government has directed that travel should now only be to and from work where “absolutely necessary”, to shop for essential items and to fulfil any medical or care needs.

Temporary changes to bus services are being made as bus and community transport providers cut back on their operations. These changes are summarised below. Check the operator’s website for the latest information.

Older Persons and Disabled Persons concessionary passes in East Sussex are now being accepted for free travel at all times during the current situation. This is to support passengers who may need to get to the shops early to buy essential supplies.

Temporary bus service changes as at Friday 3 April

Including changes to Stagecoach routes 7, 23, 27, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 312, 313, 342 and 347 from 3 April and CTLA routes 246, 248 and 249 from 13 April.

Autocar
256
- The 07:40 & 17:03 journeys from Wadhurst to Tunbridge Wells and the 17:50 journey from Tunbridge Wells to Wadhurst are suspended. The other daytime journeys are continuing to run.
354 - (Ticehurst-Wadhurst rail link) – suspended

Battle Area Community Transport
Services are currently suspended

Bexhill Community Bus
All journeys withdrawn after 12.38pm. Saturday service withdrawn.

Brighton & Hove Buses
Routes 11X, 13X, 77, N12, N29 and schoolday only services are not running on any days. On other routes in East Sussex between Monday 23 and Saturday 28 March a Saturday level of service.
A normal Sunday service will operate on Sunday 29 March.Between Monday 30 March and Saturday 4 April a Sunday service will be in operation, with earlier journeys on most routes as follows:

  • 12/12A – from Eastbourne, Gildredge Road to Brighton Station – 0534, 0604, 0634 (replaces Route 12A from Denton Corner at 0701), 0700 (replaces Route 12 from Seaford at 0721). Route 12A – From Seaford Library to Brighton Station – 0506 (replaces Route 12 from Newhaven Station at 0521), and 0536. Route 12 – From Brighton Station to Eastbourne, Gildredge Road – 0509, 0534, 0632. Route 12 from Marine Gate to Eastbourne, Gildredge Road – 0450
  • 14/14A/14B/14C - from Newhaven Station to Brighton Station 0538 (Route 14C); from Peacehaven, Meridian Centre to Brighton Station- 0515 (Route 14), 0623 (Route 14C) and 0728 (Route 14C). From Brighton Station to Peacehaven, Meridian Centre -0648 (Route 14), 0724 (Route 14), 0754 (Route 14) and 0908 (Route 14).
  • 28/29 - from Uckfield to Brighton 0545 (Route 28), from Crowborough to Brighton 0616 (Route 29), from Tunbridge Wells to Brighton (Route 29) 0700 and 0800 (replaces 0850 from Uckfield) From Lewes Road Bus Garage to Tunbridge Wells 0511 (Route 29), from Brighton, Churchill Square to Tunbridge Wells (Route 29) 0600, 0700 and 0730 (replaces 0711 and 0741 journeys from Lewes Road Bus Garage).

Route N14 is running to the Monday to Saturday timetable.
Special timetables will be in place from Sunday 5 April until Thursday 9 April, as well as Saturday 9 April, then from Tuesday 14 April until further notice. These timetables have an emphasis on maintaining early morning bus services for key workers and essential travel. The new timetables include a temporary reduction in daytime and evening buses and a halt to night bus routes. Details of our Sunday and Bank Holiday timetables which will apply on Good Friday 10 April, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday will be released shortly. To view the full timetables for each of the above dates, visit Brighton & Hove Buses.

Compass Travel
Changes from Thursday 26 March:
121, 122, 123, 125, 128, 129, 143, 145, 166, 167, 168 services are suspended. Community Transport for the Lewes Area (CTLA) have, by special arrangement with East Sussex County Council, agreed wherever possible to assist passengers of any age who are affected by these suspended services. Those who still need to make vital journeys should contact CTLA to see if they can be accommodated through their expanded dial a ride services. Bookings can be made by phoning CTLA on 01273 517332 between the hours of 0800 – 1600 on Mondays to Fridays. Passengers with a Concessionary Pass, who would normally have travelled on these Compass Travel services, will also be able to use the replacement dial a ride arrangement for free during this crisis period.
31 – service reduced. Monday to Saturday departures from Uckfield bus station towards Haywards Heath at 0840, 1040, 1340, 1540 and 1740, plus a departure from North Chailey Kings Head at 0727. Departures from Haywards Heath Perrymount Road towards Uckfield at 0749, 0949, 1149, 1449, 1649 and 1825 (last journey only runs as far as North Chailey). All except the first and last journeys start from Sainsbury’s 2 minutes before Perrymount Road.
119 – Normal service
126 – Monday to Saturday journeys operated by Compass Travel are continuing to run. Cuckmere Buses 126 journeys are operating only on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
127 – Minor changes. 1007 journey from Waitrose will serve Tesco and Malling (1015). The normal 1015 journey from Friars Walk to Landport, Tesco and Malling will not run.
228/229 – The weekdays service will run as normal until 1422. On Saturdays the service will run as normal 1451. The service after these times will be withdrawn.
231 – Emergency Monday to Friday timetable. Departures from Heathfield fire station to Uckfield at 0734, 0954, 13:4 and 1654; from Etchingham Station to Heathfield and Uckfield at 0930, 1250 and 1630; from Uckfield bus station to Heathfield and Etchingham at 0850, 1205, 1550, 1730.
261 – Emergency Monday to Friday timetable running only between Uckfield and Forest Row via Maresfield and A22. Departures from Uckfield bus station at 08:00, 1100 and 1350; departures from Forest Row Brambletye at 0824, 1124 and 1:14.
Details are available on the Compass Travel website

Community Transport for the Lewes Area (CTLA)
131
– service suspended. See below for information on alternative special dial a ride service.
246/248/249 – services will be suspended from Monday 13 April, instead of Monday 6 April. See below for information on alternative special dial a ride service.
CTLA have, by special arrangement with East Sussex County Council, agreed wherever possible to assist passengers of any age who are affected by suspended services 121, 122, 123, 125, 126, 128, 129, 131, 143, 145, 166, 167, 168, 246, 248, 249. Those who still need to make vital journeys should contact CTLA to see if they can be accommodated through their expanded dial a ride services. Bookings can be made by phoning CTLA on 01273 517332 between the hours of 0800 – 1.00 on Mondays to Fridays. Passengers with a Concessionary Pass, who would normally have travelled on these services will also be able to use the replacement dial a ride arrangement for free during this crisis period.

Cuckmere Buses
All services suspended from Saturday 27 March. Saturday afternoon journeys on route 120 provided by Compass Travel are continuing to run, as are Compass Travel journeys on route 126.
CTLA have, by special arrangement with East Sussex County Council, agreed wherever possible to assist passengers of any age who are affected by Cuckmere Buses suspended services. Those who still need to make vital journeys should contact CTLA to see if they can be accommodated through their expanded dial a ride services. Bookings can be made by phoning CTLA on 01273 517332 between the hours of 0800 – 1600 on Mondays to Fridays. Passengers with a Concessionary Pass, who would normally have travelled on Cuckmere Buses, will also be able to use the replacement dial a ride arrangement for free during this crisis period.

Hams Travel
School services which have not being used by key worker’s children are suspended.

Metrobus
Normal level of service in East Sussex until Saturday 4 April, after which the following changes are being made:
270 - reduced to two hourly, running on Mondays to Saturdays only. Sunday and public holiday service suspended.
271/ 272 – unchanged
291 - reduced to two hourly, running on Mondays to Saturdays only. Sunday and public holiday service suspended.
Details are available are available on the Metrobus website.

North Wealden Community Transport (Wealdlink)
Routes 224, 225, 226 and 262 have been suspended with effect from today. Wealdlink are also suspending door-to-door shopping services. They are operating a limited shopping delivery service for their service users. Contact Wealdlink on 01892 771332 if you need help.

Rambler Coaches
School services which have not being used by key worker’s children are suspended.

Rye & District Community Transport
326 – service suspended. 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
School services which have not being used by key worker’s children are suspended.

StagecoachStagecoach
Some of the following information is subject to change. Please also check Stagecoach’s website for the very latest information and full timetables

Revised services in the Eastbourne area, including Polegate, Hailsham, Uckfield, Heathfield, Mayfield and Rotherfield:

  • Loop - Sunday timetable with additional early morning journeys to help key workers travel.
  • 1/1A - Sunday timetable with additional early morning journeys to help key workers travel.
  • 1X – service suspended – see route 51.
  • 3 – Sunday timetable.
  • 4 – service suspended.
  • 5/5A - Sunday timetable with some additional journeys between Eastbourne Town Centre and Beachlands.
  • 6 – limited timetable. Route 54A (see below) provides an alternative service for Dittons Road and Polegate.
  • 51/251/252 - Sunday timetable with additional early morning journeys on route 51 between Hailsham and Eastbourne for key workers.
  • 54 - limited timetable (three return journeys).
  • 54A – Sunday timetable
  • 98 - From 3 April a special limited timetable with additional journeys linking Conquest Hospital and Hollington with Bexhill as well as Hailsham with Bexhill. A peak return journey is also provided for essential journeys to Ashdown House and Conquest Hospital, with some additional off peak journeys too. There is a return off peak trip running between Bexhill and Hailsham, allowing for a change of bus at Hailsham (route 51) for passengers continuing to and from Eastbourne via Polegate.
  • 99 - From 3 April a special hourly timetable with additional early morning journeys to help key workers travel.

Revised services on Mondays to Saturdays in the Hastings area, including Bexhill, Ninfield, Battle, Robertsbridge, Ticehurst, Wadhurst, Bodiam, Westfield, Northiam, Peasmarsh, Rye, Camber, Winchelsea:

  • 2 - limited timetable with buses running between Northiam and Hastings only.
  • 7 - From 3 April a special limited timetable will operate.
  • 20 - Sunday timetable with additional early morning journeys for key workers.
  • 21/21A – Sunday timetable.
  • 22/22A - Sunday timetable with additional early morning journeys for key workers.
  • 23/23B – From 3 April a special limited timetable between Hastings town centre and Hollington Tesco via Filsham Valley. For journeys via Elphinstone Road and Pilot Road, please see route 2.
  • 24 – service suspended.
  • 26/26A – Sunday timetable with some additional early morning and evening journeys for key workers.
  • 27 – From 3 April a special limited timetable will operate.
  • 28 - Sunday timetable with some additional early morning journeys for key workers.
  • 95/96/97 – From 3 April a special limited timetable will operate.
  • 98 - From 3 April a special limited timetable with additional journeys linking Conquest Hospital and Hollington with Bexhill as well as Hailsham with Bexhill. A peak return journey is also provided for essential journeys to Ashdown House and Conquest Hospital, with some additional off peak journeys too. There is a return off peak trip running between Bexhill and Hailsham, allowing for a change of bus at Hailsham (route 51) for passengers continuing to and from Eastbourne via Polegate.
  • 99 - From 3 April a special hourly timetable with additional early morning journeys to help key workers travel.
  • 100/101 - Sunday timetable with some additional early morning journeys from Rye for key workers.
  • 254/304/305 - special limited timetable.
  • 312/313 - From 3 April a special limited timetable. As the A268 Rye Road between Playden and Rye is shut due to roadworks, route 312 will take a special diversion route combining routes 312 and 313. From Rye, journeys will operate to Tenterden via Udimore, Broad Oak, Northiam, Beckley, Iden, Wittersham and Smallhythe. Journeys between Rye Harbour and Rye Station will continue with the same line of route.
  • 342 – From 3 April a special combined service 312/313 (see above) will run to and from Rye via Udimore and Broad Oak.
  • 347 – From 3 April a special limited timetable will operate.
  • 349 - special timetable between Hastings and Hawkhurst.

On Sundays a normal Sunday timetable will operate. More information will be provided when available about services on Good Friday and Easter Monday.

The Big Lemon
No changes at present