A significant number of bus service improvements are being made in East Sussex from Sunday 23 July

A significant number of bus service improvements are being made in East Sussex from Sunday 23 July. Most are funded through East Sussex County Council’s successful bid to UK Government, in support of the East Sussex Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP). Summary details are shown in the information below. These also include changes to other services that have already been made or are planned. In respect of the upcoming changes, further detailed timetable information will be available on the websites of the bus operator(s) concerned over the coming weeks.

We would also draw attention to the lower fares that have been introduced as part of the County Council’s BSIP and you can read more about these here: www.eastsussex.gov.uk/roads-transport/public/bus-service-improvement-plan/lower-fares-on-east-sussex-bus-services. This is in addition to the Government’s ‘Help for Households’ fare cap (currently £2.00 for a single journey) about which more detail can be found here: www.eastsussex.gov.uk/roads-transport/public/buses/2-bus-fares

You may already be aware of the introduction of FlexiBus by the County Council. Operating in the rural areas of the county, this initiative aims to deliver the BSIP’s objective of providing residents in rural areas of East Sussex with access to a bus service to enable residents to access services such as health, education and retail or to connect to the wider bus or rail network. You can read more about FlexiBus here: www.eastsussex.gov.uk/roads-transport/public/flexibus

 

Changes to services in Rother District

Highlights

  • Bexhill
  • Route 98 Monday to Saturday daytime frequency between Bexhill town centre, Pebsham and Hastings improved to 20 minutes. New hourly Monday to Saturday evening service between Sidley, Bexhill, Pebsham and Hastings, plus 2 hourly to/from Hailsham and Eastbourne. Earlier journeys on Sundays (Sidley-Hastings), plus new Sunday 2 hourly service between Bexhill, Sidley, Hailsham and Eastbourne.
  • Route 99 Sunday service doubled to half-hourly.
  • Route 95 on Saturdays (Bexhill-Catsfield-Battle) revised and extended to and from Conquest Hospital on a 2 hourly frequency.

 

  • Battle
  • Route 254/304/305 (Hastings-Battle-Robertsbridge-Hurst Green-Hawkhurst-Flimwell-Ticehurst-Wadhurst-Frant-Tunbridge Wells) new later evening journeys plus new 2 hourly Sunday service. Service renumbered to Route 1066.
  • Route 95 on Saturdays (Bexhill- Catsfield -Battle) revised and extended to and from Conquest Hospital on a 2 hourly frequency.

 

  • Flimwell, Hurst Green, Robertsbridge, John’s Cross, Mountfield, Whatlington – Route 254/304/305 to and from Tunbridge Wells, Hawkhurst, Battle and Hastings improved with new later evening journeys plus new 2 hourly Sunday service. Service renumbered to Route 1066

 

  • Etchingham, Burwash – Route 231 (currently Etchingham-Burwash-Broad Oak-Heathfield-Blackboys-Framfield-Uckfield) revised to run locally between Etchingham and Heathfield to an improved frequency. Hourly/2 hourly on Monday to Fridays plus new Saturday service. Connections will be available at Heathfield to/from new 29A for Uckfield, Lewes and Brighton. Route 231 will also serve Burwash, Batemans, on a pre-booked basis.

 

  • Westfield, Brede, Broad Oak – Route 29 new later Monday to Saturday evening journeys to/from Northiam, Conquest Hospital and Hastings, plus new Sunday service also extending to Tenterden.

 

  • Northiam
  • Route 29 new later Monday to Saturday evening journeys to/from Conquest Hospital and Hastings, plus new Sunday service also extending to Tenterden.
  • Route 313 (Northiam-Beckley-Peasmarsh-Playden-Rye-Rye Harbour) new evening Monday to Saturday evening journeys, plus new Sunday service.

 

  • Beckley, Peasmarsh, Playden, Iden,
  • Route 312 (Tenterden-Iden-Playden-Rye) – new Sunday service.
  • Route 313 (Northiam-Beckley-Peasmarsh-Playden-Rye-Rye Harbour) new evening Monday to Saturday evening journeys, plus new Sunday service.

 

  • Rye, Rye Harbour
  • Route 312 (Tenterden-Iden-Playden-Rye) – new Sunday service.
  • Route 313 (Northiam-Beckley-Peasmarsh-Playden-Rye-Rye Harbour) new evening Monday to Saturday evening journeys, plus new Sunday service.
  • Route 100 (Rye-Winchelsea-Icklesham-Hastings) – improved Monday to Saturday evening service.
  • Route 101 (Rye-Winchelsea Beach-Pett Level-Fairlight-Hastings) – improved Monday to Saturday evening service.

 

  • Winchelsea, Icklesham – Route 100 (Rye-Winchelsea-Icklesham-Hastings) – improved Monday to Saturday evening service.

 

  • Winchelsea Beach, Pett Level, Fairlight – Route 101 (Rye-Winchelsea Beach-Pett Level-Fairlight-Hastings) – improved Monday to Saturday evening service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Service number Route Changes to current service Service provided by Date of change
11, 11A Bexhill town service: town centre-Little Common. No change Provided by Bexhill Community Bus without funding from ESCC
12 Bexhill town service: town centre-Pebsham No change Provided by Bexhill Community Bus without funding from ESCC
13, 13A Bexhill town service: town centre-Little Common & Cooden Beach No change Provided by Bexhill Community Bus without funding from ESCC
14 Bexhill town service: town centre-De La Warr Parade & Sutton Place No change Provided by Bexhill Community Bus without funding from ESCC
29 Hastings-St Helen’s-Conquest Hospital-Westfield-Broad Oak-Northiam-Tenterden New Monday to Saturday evening journeys between Northiam and Hastings.                                                       New 2 hourly Sunday daytime service between Hastings and Tenterden Commercial service provided by Stagecoach. Additional journeys between Hastings and Northiam funded by ESCC.

The service improvements are funded by UK Government following ESCC’s successful bid for Bus Service Improvement Plan funding

23 July
70

(College Days)

Rye-Bexhill College (am)

Bexhill College-Lydd (pm)

No change Commercial service provided by Stagecoach.
95 Little Common (school journeys)-Bexhill-Battle-Conquest Hospital The Saturday service is extended to/from Conquest Hospital on a revised 2 hourly timetable, to match the Monday to Friday service. Run by Stagecoach with funding from ESCC. 23 July
96 Little Common-

Cooden Beach-Bexhill-Ridgewood Gardens

No change Run by Stagecoach with funding from ESCC.
97 Bexhill-Glenleigh Park–Sidley-Hooe No change Run by Stagecoach with funding from ESCC.
98, 98A Hastings-Pebsham-Bexhill-Sidley, then either Ninfield-Herstmonceux-Hailsham-Polegate-Eastbourne or via Combe Valley Way to Hollington and Conquest Hospital Improved 20 minute Monday to Saturday daytime frequency between Hastings and Bexhill (currently 30 minutes).

New hourly Monday to Saturday evening service between Hastings and Sidley, plus 2 hourly beyond Sidley to Eastbourne.

New 2 hourly Sunday daytime service between Bexhill and Eastbourne, which will additionally serve Dittons Wood.

Commercial service provided by Stagecoach.

The service improvements are funded by UK Government following ESCC’s successful bid for Bus Service Improvement Plan funding.

23 July
99 Hastings-Bexhill-Pevensey-Eastbourne Sunday daytime frequency doubled to 30 minutes Commercial service provided by Stagecoach 23 July
100 Conquest Hospital-Hastings-Guestling-Icklesham-Winchelsea-Rye New Monday to Saturday evening journeys. Commercial service provided by Stagecoach.

The service improvements are funded by UK Government following ESCC’s successful bid for Bus Service Improvement Plan funding.

 

23 July
101 Conquest Hospital-Hastings-Fairlight-Winchelsea Beach-Rye New Monday to Saturday evening journeys. The Monday to Saturday service is operated commercially by Stagecoach with the Sunday service funded by ESCC.

The service improvements are funded by UK Government following ESCC’s successful bid for Bus Service Improvement Plan funding.

23 July
102 Rye-Camber-Lydd-Folkestone-Dover

(connections at Rye with service 100/101 to/from Hastings)

No change Commercial service provided by Stagecoach.
225

(Tuesday & Thursday)

Crowborough-Rotherfield-Heathfield-Rushlake Green-Brightling-Netherfield-Battle No change.

(See Wealden District document for details of a new Saturday service between Heathfield and Rushlake Green).

Run by North Wealden Community Transport Partnership with funding from ESCC.
231,331 Uckfield-Framfield-Blackboys-Heathfield-Etchingham-(Hurst Green– 331 schooldays only) Section of route between Heathfield and Uckfield replaced by an improved hourly service, including new evening and Sunday provision (see Brighton & Hove service 29B).

Service 231 revised to run between Heathfield and Etchingham as a 2 hourly route, including a new Saturday service.

Passengers boarding at Burwash Strand Meadow, except on journeys towards Heathfield before 10:00 on weekdays, will need to pre-book their journey by calling 01273 078203. Through this new arrangement more 231 journeys will be able to serve Strand Meadow when requested. It will also save time and fuel by making this diversion when there are no passengers to pick up.

The route wall additionally serve Burwash Bateman’s during opening times, on a pre-booked basis, by calling 01273 078203.

Revised timetable for schooldays only service 331, which will now be operated by Compass Travel and also renumbered 231.

Services 231 and 331 run by Compass Travel with funding from ESCC.

The service improvements are funded by UK Government following ESCC’s successful bid for Bus Service Improvement Plan funding.

23 July
254 Hawkhurst-Flimwell-Wadhurst-Ticehurst-Tunbridge Wells

(Most journeys start from or continue to Hastings as route 304/305).

Services 254,304,305 to be renumbered 1066 (see below).

 

Service run by Stagecoach with funding from ESCC and a contribution from Kent County Council.

 

23 July
255

(Wednesday, Friday & Saturday)

Benenden-Sandhurst-Hawkhurst-Flimwell-Kilndown-Lamberhurst-Pembury-Tunbridge Wells Hospital-

Tunbridge Wells-Old West Station

This service no longer runs due to the withdrawal of funding by Kent County Council Run by Autocar and funded by Kent County Council 12 February
293                      (Schooldays) Lydd -Camber-Rye-Iden-Wittersham-Small Hythe-Tenterden (Homewood School) No change Run by Stagecoach and funded by Kent County Council
293                        (Thursdays) Tunbridge Wells-Pembury-Lamberhurst-Kilndown-Flimwell-Hawkhurst-Benenden-Tenterden-Appledore-Iden-Playden-Rye This service no longer runs due to the withdrawal of funding by Kent County Council Run by Autocar and funded by Kent County Council 12 February
294

(Schooldays)

Peasmarsh-Beckley-Northiam-Tenterden (Homewood School) No change Run by Hams Travel and funded by Kent County Council
299

(Fridays)

Tonbridge-Pembury-Lamberhurst-Flimwell-Hawkhurst-Benenden-Tenterden This service no longer runs due to the withdrawal of funding by Kent County Council Run by Autocar and funded by Kent County Council 12 February
304

(Schooldays)

 

Hastings-Battle-Claverham Community College ESCC arranged for Stagecoach to take over the journeys previously operated by Seaford & District. To be renumbered 1066 from 23 July.                            See route 1066 (below) for changes to the main 304/305 service. Replaced by Stagecoach from 2 May with funding from ESCC 2 May
304,305 Hastings-Battle-Mountfield or Whatlington-Robertsbridge-

Hurst Green-Hawkhurst

(Most journeys start from or continue to Tunbridge Wells as route 254)

Services 304,305 to be renumbered 1066 (see route 1066 below).

 

Service run by Stagecoach with funding from ESCC and a contribution from Kent County Council.

 

23 July
312 Rye-Playden-Iden-Wittersham-Tenterden New 2 hourly Sunday daytime service. Service run by Stagecoach with funding from ESCC.

The service improvements are funded by UK Government following ESCC’s successful bid for Bus Service Improvement Plan funding.

23 July
313 Rye Harbour-Rye-Playden-Peasmarsh-Beckley-Northiam Afternoon journey used by Rye College pupils to Rye Harbour retimed to cater for new school session times.

New Monday to Saturday evening journeys.

New 2 hourly Sunday daytime service.

Service run by Stagecoach with funding from ESCC.

The service improvements are funded by UK Government following ESCC’s successful bid for Bus Service Improvement Plan funding.

23 July
320

(Schooldays)

Little Common-Claverham College No change Service run by Stagecoach with funding from ESCC.
326 Rye local service

(certain journeys to/from Broad Oak)

No change Run by Rye & District Community Transport without funding from ESCC.
342 Hastings-Westfield-Broad Oak-Udimore-Rye-Rye Harbour-Playden-Peasmarsh-Beckley-Northiam ESCC arranged for Stagecoach to take over the journeys previously operated by Rambler Coaches from 2 May.

Revised afternoon timetable to cater for changes to Rye College session times.

This service is run by Stagecoach with funding from ESCC 23 July
347 Pett-Guestling-Hastings No change Service run by Stagecoach with funding from ESCC.
349 Hastings-Sedlescombe-Bodiam-Sandhurst-Hawkhurst Revised PM timetable Service run by Stagecoach with funding from ESCC. 23 July
354 Ticehurst-Wadhurst

rail link

No change Run by Autocar with funding from ESCC.
355

(Schooldays)

Claverham Community College school journeys No change Run by Rambler Coaches with funding from ESCC.
356

(Schooldays)

Little Common-Hooe- Claverham Community College No change Run by Rambler Coaches with funding from ESCC.
359

(Schooldays)

Hastings-St Richards Catholic College Revised afternoon timetable Run by Stagecoach with funding from ESCC. 23 July
360

(College Days)

Etchingham-Robertsbridge-Sedlescombe-St Leonards-Bexhill College ESCC arranged for Rambler Coaches to take over this service previously operated by Seaford & District. The service will be reviewed once patronage for the new college year has been established.

From 23 July route 1066 (see below) on college days will provide a morning journey to Bexhill College from Hawkhurst, Hurst Green, Robertsbridge, Whatlington, Battle and Hastings.

Run by Rambler Coaches with funding from ESCC. 2 May
361

(College Days)

Peasmarsh- Northiam -Westfield- Bexhill College ESCC arranged for Rambler Coaches to take over this service previously operated by Seaford & District. The service will be reviewed once patronage for the new college year has been established. Run by Rambler Coaches with funding from ESCC. 2 May
381

(Schooldays)

Westfield-Broad Oak-Northiam-Staplecross-Robertsbridge Community College No change. Run by Rambler Coaches with funding from ESCC.
382

(Schooldays)

Rye-Udimore-Broad Oak-Westfield-Robertsbridge Community College ESCC arranged for Stagecoach to take over this service previously operated by Rambler Coaches. Timing changes of up to 5 mins. Run by Rambler Coaches with funding from ESCC 2 May
383

(Schooldays)

Peasmarsh-Sedlescombe-Robertsbridge Community College No change. Run by Rambler Coaches with funding from ESCC
384

(Schooldays)

Hastings-Battle-Robertsbridge Community College The route no longer serves Mountfield village Commercial service provided by Stagecoach. 2 May
553                    (Schooldays) Brookland-New Romney-Lydd-Camber-Rye No change Run by Stagecoach and funded by Kent County Council with a contribution from ESCC

 

1066 Hastings-Battle-Mountfield or Whatlington-Robertsbridge-

Hurst Green-Hawkhurst-Flimwell-Ticehurst-Wadhurst-Frant-        Tunbridge Wells

 

Services 254,304,305 to be renumbered 1066.

Revised Monday to Saturday daytime timetable including a morning peak journey extended beyond Hastings to Bexhill College on college days. New Monday to Saturday evening journeys. New 2 hourly Sunday service.

Service run by Stagecoach with funding from ESCC and a contribution from Kent County Council.

The service improvements are funded by UK Government following ESCC’s successful bid for Bus Service Improvement Plan funding.

 

23 July
B67

(Tuesday)

 

Battle – Sedlescombe No change. Run by Battle Area Community Transport with some funding from ESCC.
B71

(Tuesday)

 

Mountfield – Battle No change. Run by Battle Area Community Transport with some funding from ESCC.
B72

(Monday)

 

Mountfield–Broad Oak-Westfield-St Leonards (Sainsburys)-Battle-Netherfield No change. Run by Battle Area Community Transport with some funding from ESCC.
B73

(Tuesday)

Battle-Robertsbridge-Mountfield-Battle No change Run by Battle Area Community Transport with some funding from ESCC.
B74

(Friday)

Mountfield-Netherfield- Sedlescombe- Robertsbridge-Burwash- Battle No change Run by Battle Area Community Transport with some funding from ESCC.
B75

(Wednesday)

Mountfield -Netherfield- Battle- St Leonards (Sainsburys) -Westfield-Sedlescombe- Battle No change Run by Battle Area Community Transport with some funding from ESCC.
B79

(Tuesday)

Battle-Ashburnham-Battle No change Run by Battle Area Community Transport with some funding from ESCC.
B80-B90

(Occasional Services)

Battle Area Days Out Services No change Run by Battle Area Community Transport without funding from ESCC.
U1-U5

(Schooldays)

Uplands Academy services from John’s Cross, Hurst Green, Hawkhurst, Flimwell, Ticehurst, Burwash and Etchingham Revised timetables to align with Uplands Academy’s new school session times. Services provided by Hams Travel. All are run commercially apart from services U4 and U5, which are funded by ESCC 23 July