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Brighton, Lewes, Ringmer
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Lewes, Ringmer, Hailsham, Eastbourne
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TRAVELMAN SAYS “The fight to save bus services begins!”
LOVE YOUR BUS CAMPAIGN
Lewes Stop the Cuts has launched the “Love your bus campaign” to oppose the bus cuts in Lewes and Sussex
Meanwhile here are other things that you can do:
For a recap of the cuts see here
EAST SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCIL’S CONSULTATION
The council has launched a consultation because they have to, otherwise the cuts could be ruled illegal. Much of the information is stuff that they have already asked for in their earlier surveys and there is no encouragement to say why the cuts are a bad thing in other than a personal sense.
The only new thing is that they confirm that the fare increases will be 30% rather than up to 30%. They ask you what you think about that. I don’t think you need me to prompt your answers.
But that does not mean that you should say more general things. There are a number of open ended questions that you can use to make any point you think is relevant. You might say to the council
28 TO RINGMER ALSO DUE FOR CUTS
The material put out by the council is complicated and difficult to understand. You can find a summary of what his happening here. The council documents are here Travelman missed the fact that evening services between Lewes and Ringmer/Uckfield are due to be cut as well. There also may be some cuts to the 29 service in the evenings although it is not at all clear what they are.
Would it help if I gave up my bus pass?
No. The money for bus passes comes out of a different pot. If bus passes were abolished the government would just take the money away from councils and retain the cuts. In fact travelling with your bus pass helps keep services going because each time a journey is made using a bus pass money is paid out of the bus pass pot to whoever is providing the bus service- making the service more viable.
DISCOVERY TICKETS ON THE BUSES
The new Discovery ticket is valid on the services of all the main bus operators in West Sussex, East Sussex, Surrey, Brighton & Hove and East Hampshire. I have not yet found a bus service that it is not valid on. The new ticket replaces the previous Explorer ticket in most counties. You can buy your ticket from the driver of any participating service and there are no time restrictions Buy the ticket on the bus. Prices. Individual tickets are £8.50 per adult and an outrageous £7 per child. Until 31st August 2014, you can get a family ticket for £12.50. A family is up to 5 people, with a minimum of one and a maximum of two adults, so prices may go up after then. Go now while there are still some bus services!
Explorer tickets still available
The existing Explorer Ticket will continue to be available within East Sussex for local travel within the county boundaries. If you are just travelling in this area it is better value, especially for children.
Adult Day Explorer - £6.30
Child Day Explorer - £3.15 (not available before 0845 on weekdays)
Family Day Explorer - £10.50 (up to two adults and three children travelling together)
You can’t buy explorer tickets on Brighton buses, but you can buy them on most other bus services.
The difference between the two tickets seems to come about because Stagecoach in Hastings and East Sussex County council think that £8.50 for an adult and £7 for a child is too much, but West Sussex and Hampshire Council, Stagecoach in the South Downs and most other bus operators think that £7 for a child (an increase of 100%) is just fine. Shame on them!
SOUTHERN RAILWAY PRICE CHANGES
Here are selected prices from 2nd January (some old fares are given in brackets).
Lewes to Victoria
Super off peak return £ 17.40 (16.90)
Travelcard to London
Lewes to Aldershot (use to get to Clapham Junction in peak periods- buy another ticket in advance from there to your destination)
Lewes to Brighton
Daysave off peak