October 2019

 BUS TIMETABLE CHANGES

BRIGHTON AND HOVE BUSES

Off-peak 29B journeys revised to operate between Brighton and Lewes Tesco as route 28 due to very low usage on the Ringmer-Uckfield section.

Alternate 29 journeys revised to operate via Isfield in off-peak, providing new links to and from Tunbridge Wells.

New earlier journey from Ringmer to Brighton on Saturdays and new 29B through service to Tunbridge Wells on Monday to Friday mornings.

Afternoon 29 journey at 1445 from Churchill Square changed  to a 28 to Tunbridge Wells to serve Ringmer Kings Academy as a result of passenger feedback.

Improved service from Brighton to Lewes during weekday afternoon peak and on Sunday & Public Holiday afternoons.

Tap On Tap Off
The new contactless payment system on Brighton & Hove Buses has arrived. Bus users may have picked up leaflets on buses explaining the system. When boarding you simply place your contactless card or smartphone on the reader in front of the driver as in London. There is no need to specify a ticket type but passengers paying for more than one passenger need to buy tickets as before. It works for adults only and it is not possible to tap twice for two people. When you leave the bus use the new black card reader by the exit door and tap off. The system will then calculate the equivalent cash fare which will be deducted from your account.

Perhaps the best feature is that it will cap the amount charged at the One Day Saver rate if several journeys are made.  (Thanks to Brighton Buswatch for this)

COMPASS TRAVEL SERVICES

Travelman is a bit late with these changes, which started at the beginning of September.

121 – The previously withdrawn journeys at 0930 from Lewes and 0847 & 0957 from Newick are reinstated.

122 – The Monday to Friday journeys at 0930 from Lewes & 0940 from Barcombe will run 5 mins earlier. The Saturday morning route via Plumpton has been amended to operate clockwise  serving Plumpton before Barcombe.

129 – The journey at 1020 now runs 5 mins earlier. An additional afternoon journey departing Lewes Bus Station at 1502 serves Winterbourne and replaces the service 128 journey at 1510.

143 – The journey at 0941 from Ringmer is withdrawn due to low patronage.

GET THE TIMETABLE

The new edition of “Bus Times”, giving details of local services, is available from the tourist office.

Brighton bus times can be found at https://www.buses.co.uk/services (click on the number for the timetable)

Compass bus times can be found at https://www.compass-travel.co.uk/compass-timetables/bus-timetables/

THE WALLANDS BUS

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays there are buses round the Wallands Estate into Lewes Town operated by Community Transport for the Lewes Area.  Full details at https://www.ctla.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Route-131-Web-Timetable.pub_.pdf

SUNDAY TOWN BUS

CTLA also runs the Sunday service round the Lewes estates.  You can find the timetable at https://www.ctla.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Route-132-Web-Timetable-revised.pub_.pdf

This service also offers a single journey to Newhaven, leaving Lewes at 14.10, which you can use to travel down the Ouse Valley via Kingston for a walk back to Lewes.

MORE MONEY FOR BUSES?

The  government has announced that it will spend £200 million to “transform bus services” The new funding will pay for ultra-low emissions buses and trials of new, on-demand services to respond to passenger needs in real time.

But this has come at a time when one of the UK’s few bus manufacturers, Wrightbus,  has collapsed,  citing lack of orders for new buses as the source of its problems. This shows the state of the bus industry, from which a lot of central and local government support has been withdrawn

Bus fares have risen 61 per cent since 2009 – much faster than rail and motoring costs.

WANT SOME WINTER SUN?

Don’t add to the climate crisis by flying!  Here is how to get to Morocco by Train and ferry https://www.seat61.com/Morocco.htm

ALTERNATIVELY, FOR LATE AUTUMN OR EARLY SPRING

Winter comes later and spring comes earlier to Cornwall.  Take the sleeper to save a night  https://www.seat61.com/Cornwall-sleeper.htm

LAST CHANCE TO WALK ROUND LOWER STONEHAM FARM

Just six months to enjoy the path at Malling from Earwig Corner to the banks of the Ouse and back via Lower Stoneham. Permission to use it ends at the end of February 2020. Full details and map http://cwr.naturalengland.org.uk/mapboa…/pdfs/AG00299637.pdf

SOME OTHER WALKS FOR OCTOBER

Including some walks around the mystic town of Hastings

Away from it all in Hooe
The walk starts and ends at Normans Bay station. Seaside, marshland, biodiversity, big sky and panoramic views, tranquil farmland, gentle hills, a lost village, a hidden church, a nearly forgotten prison, smugglers trails – a walk of contrasts where you are likely to have the walk to yourselves.  An opportunity for a drink or a swim at the end. 10km/ 6.5 miles

Wandering around St Leonards
Sea, street art, (including a Banksy)  fabulous regency architecture,grand art deco, aristocratic parkland, the rich, the poor, the trendy and all within a kilometre of St Leonards Station! 5.46 Km / 3.39 Miles, hilly.  Can be reduced to about 2.5 miles.

Or…. What?
A Hastings Town and Country walk of 12km, 7.5 miles starting from Ore Station., Hastings Country Park,  the Old Town and Ore.  Can be reduced to a country walk of about 5 miles or a town walk of about 4 miles.

Civic Pride, Grey Owl and a Scandal in Bohemia
Wild woodlands, a classic park, a secret chine- this is the Hastings (and St Leonards) that most visitors don’t see. Alexandra Park, St Helens Woods, Old Roar, Bohemia, Summerfields.  Plus a visit to the seaside to see the pier being reborn. 11.km, 7 miles starting from Hastings Station.  It is possible to shorten the walk to about 3 miles of largely urban walking

Ore and More
A very varied walk, exploring the urban and rural facets of North East Hastings, including the amazing Specked Wood, the panoramic views from North Seat, the countryside north of the Ridge, and the atmospheric ruins of the Old St Helens Church

The Rye and Cambler Cheeky Girls Walk
A walk linking one of the most beautiful and historic towns in the South East with one of the best beaches in the region, using the track of an old tramway.  A great walk any time, but particularly on a sunny day. 4 miles / 6.4 km, 1hr 20 minutes, flat.

Wild Wealden Woodland Wander
Once the High Weald was heavily wooded.  A lot of woodland still remains. This walk takes you through the woodland that you can see from the train between Balcombe and Three Bridges Stations. The woodlands have been described as areas of “intimacy, seclusion and tranquillity  8.5 miles stating and finishing at Three Bridges station.

On the trail of the Daddy Longlegs
3.8miles 6.1km. This ramble follows the course of the famous railway that ran from Brighton to Rottindean in the sea. The daddy longlegs ran on twin tracks, 18ft apart. Mostly level and wheelchair accessible with a couple of steep slopes

INTERESTED IN OTHER THINGS GOING ON IN LEWES?

Visit the sister web site to Travel Log Lewes, www.leweseye.co.uk  which covers other stories about the Lewes District Council area that other publications won’t cover.

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