April 2019

YOUR TRAINS IN APRIL

The replacement bus service for Saturday 6th April has been cancelled because the Albion are playing in the FA cup at Wembley. Normal trains will run.  But there will be a replacement bus service to Haywards Heath and Three Bridges on Sunday 7th

CURIOUS PLUSBUS

You can buy a plusbus ticket to add on bus journeys before or after your rail journey.

For example, if you are travelling to Brighton, Newhaven or Seaford you can get a Brighton plusbus ticket for £3.90. This is a national scheme and you can find details here for all places that have a plus bus scheme.

The Lewes plusbus ticket covers a wide area, including Lewes, Kingston, Rodmell, Selmeston, Ringmer, Barcombe and South Chailey.  It costs an extra £2.50 on top of the cost of your rail journey, which is a lot cheaper than the bus fare.

You can get a plusbus ticket at staffed ticket offices.  You MAY be able to buy it from machines.  You can get it on the internet, but you must go directly to the railway company web site, not go through national rail enquiries

It can be difficult to find out how to book the plusbus add on.  On the Southern web site you need to input your journey and the date and time.  You then click on “find times and tickets.”  This takes you to a page where you are shown various times and tickets.  On the RIGHT side of the page, above the TOTAL you will see +Buy plusbus.  Click on this and you get the options to add a plusbus ticket covering the station that you are leaving from and the station you are arriving at. (providing these are available.

Other train companies have something that may be slightly different, but you will usually find the option to add the plusbus ticket at the point at which you get to the booking summary.

There are discounts on the plusbus part of your ticket if you have a railcard.  The Lewes plusbus ticket costs £1.65 with a railcard.

BUT WHAT IF YOU WANT TO JUST USE THE BUS SERVICE?

Suppose you just want to go from Lewes to South Chailey and back, or South Chailey to Ringmer and back?

A plusbus ticket has to include a rail journey to or from a station outside the plusbus area. But an ordinary single to Southease, Newhaven or Seaford costs £2.80 (£1.85 with a railcard).

So you can buy a plusbus ticket from Seaford to Lewes for £3.50 with a railcard or £5.30 without.

Of course, if you are starting at Chailey or Ringmer, you want your tickets posted to you.  See the article below for how to get this without an extra charge.

For many people making a just one journey the saving is small, and probably not worth the trouble, but if you make a journey regularly then it is likely to be worth it.  You can get plusbus season tickets, but they do not offer much of a saving and you do not seem to be able to book them on line.

GETTING YOUR RAILWAY TICKETS POSTED

Railway companies would much rather you collected your ticket at the station and some railway companies will only offer this form of delivery.

This is no good if you are worried about turning up at the station and the machine not working or you do not live near a station and want a plusbus ticket to get to the station.

Others will post tickets but make a charge. £1 is typical, although Southern charges £1.50.

If you book through these railway companies they will post out tickets without charge.

C2C, Chiltern Trains, Hull Trains, South Western Trains, South Eastern, Transpennine.

Some companies, including Southern and South Eastern, say that if they post out tickets and you do not receive them this is not their responsibility.  This is illegal. A trader is always responsible for getting goods to you.  

NO MORE VINTAGE BUS SERVICES FROM LEWES

The delightful vintage bus services from Lewes to Eastbourne will not be running this summer.  I suspect this is because not enough people used them.

BUS SUMMER SERVICES

BRIGHTON AND HOVE

The summer bus timetable season comes in on 28 April on Brighton buses

On the 28/29 the main change affecting Lewes is that Morning service 29 journeys starting from Church Lane are revised to operate as route 28 to serve Malling and Sussex Police HQ.

You can find the Brighton bus changes here

A number of Brighton buses scenic services, including routes from Brighton to Stanmer Park, Ditchling Beacon and Devils Dyke have their services increased., plus there is a new service which runs 3 times a day on Sundays and bank holidays (plus every day over the Easter holiday, numbered 11x which runs from Brighton to Newhaven and then to the main road at Firle, continuing to Polegate and Eastbourne.  The service does not serve Alfriston, but does go to Drusillas.

This service duplicates the Cuckmere buses route 126 from Seaford to Eastbourne between Drusillas and Eastbourne.

COMPASS BUS

Compass is putting its fares up in April

Compass timetables change on 15th April

121 Chailey and Newick – One morning return trip withdrawn and minor timing changes.

122 Barcombe – Mon-Fri morning journey timing change. Sat route and timetable changed so that 3 out of five buses are circular, running Lewes/Barcombe/Chailey School, Plumpton/Lewes.

123 Newhaven – Most journeys retimed – and no longer serve Molly’s Bench, Piddinghoe despite the lovingly erected bus shelter there.

125 Alfriston, Polegate Eastbourne.  No change to Monday to Friday services, changes to Cuckmere bus Saturday Service, which starts from Lewes station.

127 Landport no change

128/129 Nevill and Winterbourne – Route and timing changes to main off-peak journeys.

143 Hailsham – Most journeys from Hailsham retimed. Extra journeys divert to serve Deanland Wood.

166  Haywards Heath– Minor timetable changes

167 Burgess Hill- No change.

Full details here

Between 1st & 5th April Barcombe Mills Road will be closed between 09:00 and 16:30 each day.The 09:25 service 122 from Lewes to Barcombe will not be able to serve Barcombe Mills.

COMMUNITY TRANSPORT LEWES AREA

No advertised change yet to their services which are

Lewes Sunday town service (with one journey from/to Newhaven)

Wallands service

CUCKMERE BUSES

The Cuckmere Ramblerbus, which runs in a circuit along the Cuckmere Valley and is designed to connect with the trains at Berwick and Seaford, has started for the Summer, running Saturdays, Sundays and Bank holidays. Normally you get an easier connection at Berwick, but coming back to Lewes on Saturdays there is a long wait at Berwick.  You could spend it in the pub, or go to Seaford to get the train instead.

Cuckmere bus runs the 125 Lewes-Eastbourne on Saturdays

And also the 126 Seaford-Alfriston-Polegate- Eastbourne on Sundays and holidays

FRIARS WALK CLOSURE

On 15th and 16th April 2019 Friars Walk in Lewes will be closed for gas main repairs, during the time of the closure services 123 towards Newhaven and town services 127, 128 and 129 will be diverted.

Service 123

Towards Newhaven buses will be diverted. From Lewes Bus Station buses will use School Hill, High Street, Winterbourne Hollow and Bell Lane as a diversion to pick up the normal route towards Kingston at Kingston Road. Service 123 will be unable to serve Friars Walk, Lewes Station and Southover High Street towards Newhaven.

Service 123 from Newhaven towards Lewes will follow the normal route.

Service 127

Towards Landport buses will be diverted. From Lewes Waitrose buses will use School Hill, Market Street, North Street, Lancaster Place and Abinger Place to pick up normal route from the Elephant & Castle. Service 127 will be unable to serve Friars Walk, Station Street and Fisher Street.

Services 128 & 129

Towards Nevill buses will be diverted. From Lewes Bus Station buses will use School Hill to pick up normal route at the High Street. Services 128 and 129 will be unable to serve Friars walk and Station Street

VIRGINIA WOOLF, MUGGERY POPE AND LOST RIGHTS OF WAY

A story of a search for solitude, unconsummated but passionate  love, upper class trampers,  and a claim for a lost right of way  You can find it at:

.http://travelloglewes.co.uk/index.php?page=virgina-woolf-muggery-pope-and-lost-rights-of-way

RAVILIOUS AND CO AND THE ROUTE TO THE OLD COACH ROAD

Art and rights of way disputes in Beddingham and Firle .Full story at:

http://travelloglewes.co.uk/index.php?page=ravilious-and-co-and-the-route-to-the-old-coach-road

DECISION ON CLEVEDOWN RIGHT OF WAY CLAIM

Following an application I made on behalf of the Ramblers Association supported by evidence of use from local people, East Sussex County Council has decided to add the path through Clevedown, a retirement development on the Brighton Road in Lewes, just past the prison, to the rights of way map.

They will shortly publicise the decision.  If no objections are made, the route will be added to the map.  If there are objections, the Planning Inspectorate will make a final decision.

WALKS

A selection of walks from the web site:

Rotherfield Ramble

An exploration of the delightful High Weald south of Tunbridge Wells  featuring woodland, streams and the hill village of Rotherfield, using the 29 bus from Lewes  7.5 miles

Secret Lanes of Lower Dicker.

5.5miles 8.9km Beautiful secret lanes, level walking, quiet fields, lovely undiscovered woodland and a link with the second world war Normandy landings. A secret waiting to be discovered. One part that may be a little overgrown, but there is an alternative.

Chiddlingly, Picasso and Rum Doings in the Low Weald

Woodlands, fields, art and history and an introduction to the issues of keeping footpaths open. 7 miles, 10 km, gentle, slightly undulating countryside.

Marching to Battle

A lovely varied walk through Wealden woods and hills, using the London to Hastings Railway and ending at famous Battle.  It starts at Robertsbridge Station, which may seem a long way from Lewes, but if you consult Travel Line South East to get a good connection, you can be there in little more than an hour. 7.4 miles/12km.  Rolling hills and a couple of moderately steep climbs

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