Bus service changes

Bus Service Update - Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Government has issued safer travel guidance for passengers. Please read their important information sheet.

Passenger Guidance Document

Temporary changes to bus services have been made as bus and community transport providers cut back their operations. Changes to services are summarised below and subject to change. You are advised to check the provider’s websites for the most up to date information.

Note that many bus operators, including Brighton & Hove Buses, Metrobus and Stagecoach, will no longer provide change if you pay by cash.

Older Persons and Disabled Persons concessionary passes are currently being accepted for free travel at all times. Remember, Government advice is to travel at off-peak times if you can.

Temporary bus service changes as at Tuesday 26 Maty

Including revised timetables for Brighton & Hove Buses and Metrobus services, as well as an update to Stagecoach route 4 in Eastbourne.

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.
  • 293/294/299 – These rural shopper services are suspended
  • 354 - (Ticehurst-Wadhurst rail link) – suspended

Battle Area Community Transport

Services remain suspended until further notice. Battle Area Community Transport are presently looking at ways we may restart these 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All journeys withdrawn after 12.38pm. Saturday service withdrawn.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

Routes 11X, 12X, 13X, 77, N12, N29 and schoolday only services are not running on any days. Special timetables on other services in East Sussex as follows:
12/12A – Until the 31 May (inclusive) the Monday to Saturday daytime frequency between Denton Corner and Brighton is every 15 minutes (via route 12/12A), with buses running every 30 minutes between Eastbourne and Brighton (route 12A), and an evening service throughout via route 12. On Sundays every 30 minutes along the whole route (via route 12A) and hourly on Sunday and bank holiday evenings (via route 12). Increased route 12/12A frequencies from 1 June: Monday to Saturday service will be an enhanced Saturday timetable with additional early morning journeys. A normal timetable will operate on Sundays.
14/14A/14C – Until the 31 May (inclusive) an hourly daytime frequency between Peacehaven and Brighton. Daytime journeys via route 14C and evening journeys via route 14/14A. Hourly Sunday frequency via route 14C during the day and via route 14/14A in the evening. Increased route 14/14A/14C frequencies from 1 June: Monday to Saturday daytime service will be every 20 minutes between Peacehaven and Brighton timetable, including one 14C journey per hour via County Hospital, and an hourly evening service. A normal timetable will operate on Sundays.
28/29 – Until the 31 May (inclusive), generally every 30 minutes between Brighton and Lewes (Church Lane) with one or two buses an hour serving Ringmer. Two-hourly service to/from Uckfield, Crowborough and Tunbridge Wells. Increased route 28/29 frequencies from 1 June: Monday to Saturday daytime service between Brighton and Lewes (Church Lane) generally every 15 minutes, Ringmer every 30 minutes, Uckfield every 30 minutes, Crowborough and Tunbridge Wells every hour. Sunday service generally every 30 minutes between Brighton and Lewes (Church Lane) with one or two buses an hour serving Ringmer. Two-hourly service to/from Uckfield, Crowborough and Tunbridge Wells.

To view the full timeables visit Brighton & Hove Buses.

Compass Travel

We advise you check the operator’s website for full details Compass Travel website.

  • 121, 122, 123, 125, 126, 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 – Revised timetable. Journeys serving Alfriston temporarily removed.
  • 126 – Service suspended. See details above about alternative CTLA dial a ride service.
  • 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 1314.

Community Transport for the Lewes Area (CTLA)

We advise you check the operator’s website for full details CTLA website.

  • 131 – service suspended. See below for information on alternative special dial a ride service.
  • 132 – service suspended
  • 246/248/249 – services will be suspended from Monday 13 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 – 16.00 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 currently suspended. Cuckmere Buses hope to resume some services in the coming weeks – please check their website for the latest news.
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.

Go Coach

234/238 – services suspended

Hams Travel

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

Metrobus

  • 270 – until 31 May (inclusive): two hourly, running on Mondays to Saturdays only. From 1 June: normal service resumes.
  • 271/ 272 – Normal service.
  • 291 - until 31 May (inclusive): two hourly, running on Mondays to Saturdays only. From 1 June: special hourly timetable on Mondays to Saturdays and normal Sunday service.

Details are available on the Metrobus website.

North Wealden Community Transport (Wealdlink)

Routes 224, 225, 226 and 262 are suspended. Wealdlink have also suspended 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.

Stagecoach

Please check Stagecoach’s website for the very latest information and full timetables.

Current 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 currently suspended. A special 4 timetable will resume from 1 June.
  • 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.

Current 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 - special limited timetable.
  • 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 – 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 – special limited timetable.
  • 28 - Sunday timetable with some additional early morning journeys for key workers.
  • 95/96/97 – special limited timetable.
  • 98 - 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 - 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 - special limited timetable.
    342 – service suspended.
  • 347 – special limited timetable will operate.
  • 349 - special timetable between Hastings and Hawkhurst.

On Sundays a normal Sunday timetable will operate.

The Big Lemon

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.
Full timetable details are on The Big Lemon website.