Mid-Sussex Timetable and Fare changes – from 9th January 2017

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NEW MID SUSSEX COMPASS BUS TIMETABLES

On Monday 9th January we will introducing revised timetables for our bus routes in the Mid Sussex area recently taken over from Sussex Bus. Over recent weeks we have been carrying out a full review of these bus routes and we are now restructuring the network to make it viable and easier to understand. Whilst it has been necessary to withdraw or reduce some loss making services, there are also improved timetables and extra journeys on other routes.

We are here to help you so please ask!

CHRIS CHATFIELD
Managing Director
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PRINCIPAL TIMETABLE CHANGES FROM MONDAY 9th JANUARY 2017

Haywards Heath Town Routes 28 and 29 are withdrawn and replaced by the Route 30 which is reinstated in response to many requests. This generally provides an hourly service for most of the day Mondays to Saturdays with additional early morning commuter journeys from Lindfield to Haywards Heath Rail Station. Route 31 is now extended daytime to Lindfield so that there will be two buses per hour between Lindfield, Haywards Heath and Princess Royal Hospital.

Route 31 will run between Lindfield, Haywards Heath and Uckfield generally hourly. There are new early morning and evening “commuter” journeys between North Chailey, Northlands Wood and Haywards Heath. Route 31 is currently under review,  from 6th February the service will be operated under contract to East Sussex and West Sussex County Councils. Some changes may be made and we will post further details when we have this information.

Route 231 between Uckfield, Heathfield and Hurst Green will now be operated by Seaford & District on behalf of East Sussex County Council, for more details please visit www.seafordanddistrict.co.uk

Route 33 has only a few minor journey changes Monday to Friday. On Saturday afternoons it now only runs between Hurstpierpoint and Burgess Hill. An additional Monday to Saturday service now operates to Ashenground/Vale Road on route 39.

Route 37 is withdrawn, but partially replaced by extended route 40.

Route 39 will now run between South Road and Princess Royal Hospital via Vale Road, Bolding Way and Colwell Road.

Burgess Hill Town Routes 134/5 and 136/7 are unchanged in route and frequencies with just some minor timetable changes.

New Faster 40…….

Route 40 will continue to run mainly hourly but timings are extensively revised and some journeys will run beyond Cuckfield to Balcombe and Crawley in partial replacement for Route 37 and to cater for scholars and shoppers. There will be extra peak hour journeys to/from Brighton and in particular an improved half hourly frequency in the afternoon/evening peak period Mondays to Friday out of Brighton.

A new feature to speed journeys of longer distance passengers is that within Brighton our buses will no longer carry passengers LOCALLY at stops between Patcham, Carden Avenue and Churchill Square, where plenty of other buses are available. Passengers from points north of Patcham will still be able to alight on request at any designated stop into Brighton or board on request at any designated route 40 stop coming from Brighton. Without constant stopping and starting in the Brighton area, this should make timekeeping more reliable and give a faster journey.

A new timetable booklet for the Mid-Sussex Area is available to down load by clicking here. Printed copies will shortly be available on our buses, local libraries and the Help Point in Burgess Hill.

Fares

There will be some changes to fares in the Mid-Sussex area from 9th January, principally affecting local fares on former SussexBus routes to bring these in line with other Compass fares.

The Mid-Sussex Rider will be discontinued, details of other money saving fares can be found by clicking HERE.