Bus service changes

February 2018 Seaford & District Bus Service Update

Updated 26 January 2018

From 10 February 2018 Seaford & District are going to withdraw from running daytime bus services and concentrate on school routes, seasonal services and group hire. The services affected are:

125 Lewes-Glynde-Firle-Alfriston-Wilmington-Wannock-Willingdon-Eastbourne (Mondays to Fridays daytime)

  • East Sussex County Council has arranged for the current timetable to continue until the end of March, with Compass Travel taking over the running of the service from 12 February. This is to give service users time to adjust to a new more limited timetable that will be introduced from 3 April.
  • It will still offer buses on Mondays to Fridays, rather than on a reduced number of days as previously indicated. Buses will depart from Lewes at 09:10 and 12:30, arriving in Eastbourne at 10:11 and 13:24. Schooldays route 424 provides a journey at 15:15 from Lewes to Alfriston. On non-schooldays there will also be a journey from Lewes at 15:30 to Alfriston. Buses will depart from Eastbourne at 10:20 and 13:30, arriving in Lewes at 11:13 and 14:29. Wannock will not be served (route 143 offers some alternative journeys). The Saturday 125 service, provided by Cuckmere Buses, is unchanged.
  • New limited timetable from 3 April

228/229 Crowborough-Jarvis Brook-Eridge-Tunbridge Wells (Mondays to Saturdays)

  • The current timetable will continue until 30 July, with Compass Travel running the service. This has been arranged by East Sussex County Council and Kent County Council, so as to give more time for service use and revenue to improve in an attempt to avoid the service being reduced.
  • East Sussex County Council is continuing to work with Kent County Council. This is to see if there is scope for them to contribute funding to maintain the route through to Tunbridge Wells and schools in the Cross Keys/Tonbridge areas. There are a number of school pupils travelling on the 228/229 locally within Kent, though alternative buses may be available.
  • The service after the end of July may not be as comprehensive as the current provision, though a more limited 228/229 Monday to Saturday service within Crowborough and Jarvis Brook will be provided if the through service to/from Tunbridge Wells cannot be maintained. Brighton & Hove Bus Company service 29/29X offers an alternative service between Crowborough (Whitehill), Crowborough town centre, Eridge and Tunbridge Wells town centre.

231 Uckfield-Framfield-Blackboys-Heathfield-Broad Oak-Burwash-Etchingham (Mondays to Fridays)

  • This service is funded by East Sussex County Council, with the contract, operated by Seaford & District, ending on 31 March 2018. The new service from 3 April is unlikely to be as frequent as the current provision as Seaford & District provide an improved hourly service between Heathfield and Uckfield.
  • Peak time journeys will continue to be provided, including the journeys catering for Uckfield Community Technology College and Heathfield Community College pupils. There will also be some off-peak journeys on Mondays to Fridays for shopping/visiting needs. More details of this new timetable from 3 April are expected to be available from the beginning of March, once the new bus operator is confirmed.

261 Uckfield-Maresfield-Nutley-Wych Cross-Coleman’s Hatch-Forest Row-Ashurstwood-East Grinstead (Mondays to Fridays)

  • Compass Travel took over the 261 from Seaford & District in early January and have agreed to maintain the current timetable into the future.

Further updates will be provided in relation to services 228/229 and 231 once details are available.