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January 2019

 

NEW TRAIN FARES

No doubt because of the improved service in 2018,  train fares have risen by over 3% for regulated tickets.

Here are some annual season ticket prices from Lewes to popular destinations:

London Victoria £4468

Other London terminals £4844

Travelcard to London including local services £5708

Brighton £1372.

Here are some day return tickets to popular destinations without railcards

London Victoria-  any time return £54(1), off peak £30.90(2), super off peak £19.40(3)

Other London  terminals- any time return £57(1), off peak £32.40, super off peak travelcard £25.40

Travelcard to London- any time £61(1), Off peak £35(2), super off peak £25.40.

Brighton- any time return £9, off peak return £5.10 (2)

Notes:

  1. It is normally cheaper to buy an any time return to Aldershot at £30.40 and a ticket from Clapham Junction to your ultimate destination, or an anytime single to your destination single and a super off peak return from lewes to London if you are coming back off peak. You will need to travel via Clapham if you get the Aldershot ticket, or you could get a ticket from East Croydon to your destination and change there, but this will cost more.You can buy tickets on line or at Lewes station for journeys that start at other stations.

  2. Not valid in the morning rush hour, but valid in the evening peak period.

  3. Not valid in the morning or evening peak period.

Advance tickets to London still start at £5 single, but there may be less of them available.

If you are making a single journey between Lewes and Victoria out of peak times and are buying on the day, or advance fares are not available for some other reason it is usually cheaper to buy a super off peak return from Lewes to London. You can do this from the machines at Victoria or any other station.

Groupsave discounts of one third off of the above prices are available on off peak trains for 3-9 people, but there are no further discounts when using railcards.  You all have to travel together all the time, and travelman has been pulled up in the past when one person went out of the car park entrance at Lewes and the others went out the main entrance.

 

DAYSAVE TICKETS

Daysave tickets, which are available on all off peak Southern trains (but not Thameslink) are still being advertised at £20 for one adult, £40 for 2-4 adults, with children at £2 each, but the price is sometimes increased later in January.  Normally you must book in advance online on the Southern web site, but you can buy them at the tourist office on the day for a slightly higher price.  There are no railcard discounts.

 

TRAIN SUSPENSIONS

No trains Lewes/Brighton to Three Bridges on Sunday 6th January, replacement bus service

No trains between Gatwick and Redhill 26 and 27 January, replacement bus service. 

 

COMPASS BUS CHANGES

Services change from 7th January:

There are minor changes to Lewes town services, the 122 to Barcombe and the 125 to Alfriston and Eastbourne

123- the school service between Lewes Priory and Kingston in the afternoon is withdrawn.  Kingston students will have to get on the Newhaven bus, which may be very full.

143 Lewes to Eastbourne- The section of route between Hailsham and Eastbourne is withdrawn.

166 Lewes to Haywards Heath- The journeys at 07:11 from Princess Royal Hospital to Lewes, 15:55 from Lewes to Haywards Heath, and 16:48 from Haywards Heath to Lewes, are all withdrawn.

167 Lewes to Burgess Hill. -The journeys at 07:35 from Lewes to Burgess Hill, and 16:30 from Burgess Hill to Lewes, are withdrawn. See service 168 (below) for part replacement services.

168 Burgess Hill to Plumpton-  A new Mondays to Fridays return service is provided, partly replacing certain 166 and 167 journeys (see above). The morning journey departs from Wivelsfield Green Coppards Close at 07:30, serving Plumpton. Lane, Plumpton Green, Plumpton Half Moon, Westmeston, Ditchling, Keymer, Hassocks and Burgess Hill. This journey provides a connection to the 07:44 train from Plumpton to Lewes. The 15:50 journey is revised to depart from Burgess Hill Church Road at 16:00, running via Burgess Hill Tesco, Hassocks Stone Pound, Ditchling, Spatham Lane, Westmeston and then as the morning route in reverse to Wivelsfield Green. This journey is timed to depart from Plumpton Station at 16:36, so as to connect with the 16:29 train arrival from Lewes.

The reductions are because of lack of use, so the message, use it or lose it continues to apply.  Making just one extra return journey on less well used bus services a month could be the most environmental thing you do, especially if you do it instead of a car journey.

 

BRIGHTON BUSES NEW FARES

 Some Brighton bus fares change on 15h January.  Details here

Highlights:

Daysave ticket  for all Brighton buses, on all route3s bought on mobile phones or on line on the key card £5, bought on the bus £7.

Duo ticket for two people for the whole of the netword, available on mobile phones only  £8.40

Family ticket for at least one adult plus one adult and 3 children or plus 4 children £9 on a mobile phone or £10 on the bus.

A 90-day Network Saver increases from £210 to £222. However, there is an opportunity to reduce the impact of these prices for those who have an account with the East Sussex Credit Union. They can save 20%

The return fare on the bus from Lewes to Brighton has not yet been announced. Nor has the price of the same trip using a scratch card bought at the tourist centre, Martins, or Leicester Road stores.

 

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION TO BUY A BIKE?

Read the Travel Log bike buyer’s guide here

 

WANT TO GET OUT ON YOUR BIKE MORE IN 2019?

Try these bike rides:

Lewes to Shoreham

Lewes to Seaford and Berwick

Lewes to Berwick direct

Lewes to Peacehaven and Brighton

Lewes to Barcombe


 

WANT TO CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE WIDENING OF THE A27 BETWEEN LEWES AND POLEGATE?

You can join the campaign by sending your email to sussexcampaign@gmail.com

 

PATRIARCHY NEAR POLEGATE

Find out about the follies of Folkington Folk in centuries gone by and how their antics scandalised the people of Lewes on two occasions.

Read the story here

 I will be talking about this and other similar stories at the Lewes History Group  January  14th at 7.30


 

THIS MONTH’S WALKS

Emphasising walks that are likely to be less muddy.

From Lewes to Spain

A grand excursion from the ancient town of Lewes all the way to a microcosm of Spain by the costa, by way of lowland villages and spacious downland vistas. 7. 5 miles, 12.5 km

Brighton! (and actually a bit of Hove)

Sun, sea, sex, stations, parks, promenades, palaces,  bathing beaus, twittens, tourists, respectability, raffishness, arson and a model railway exhibition. Where else but Brighton? 11km, 7 miles.  Lots of opportunities to shorten the walk.  You can cut off about a mile by leaving out Queens Park. You can cut out a further mile by riding on the Volks Electric railway along the front. The route can be split in two by making a diversion at Palace Pier/The Old Steine.

Newhaven and Seaford - nature and sea

A gentle ramble by a nature reserve and along the sea front at Seaford.  Suitable for wheelchair users and those with prams.  You can pretend you are in the Netherlands, with cycles passing by and a flat landscape.  3.7 miles.  Can be shortened by stopping at Bishopstone station after about 2 miles, but this station has a lot of steps.

A Plumpton Perambulation

An all weather walk, largely on tarmac, with one short muddy stretch.  Suitable for heavy duty tramper wheelchairs. No stiles.  Grand views of the downs about 3 miles

 

TINGLE’S WAY – AN ECO-WALK THROUGH LEWES

Taken from the Friends of Lewes web site

Tingle’s Way is a self-guided trail with themed stories linking the town of Lewes with our natural surroundings. It’s intended as a lasting memorial to Dr Colin Tingle, who died in 2017.

Colin was a Lewesian and respected scientist who specialised in sustainability and the benefits we derive from the natural world’s processes. These benefits are known as ecosystem services, or “Naturegain”. Simple examples are carbon sequestration in trees and plants as an inherent part of their growth, and flood water retention in woods and wetlands through absorption or by acting as natural barriers. Colin was also a major contributor to Lewes’ Neighbourhood Plan, the first in the country to employ an ecosystem approach as its guiding principle.

Tingle’s Way is becoming part of the South Downs Way, offering a route through Lewes, and is being supported by the South Downs National Park Authority, the National Trust and the Sussex Wildlife Trust, amongst others.

Tingle’s Way was piloted with an initial walk in September, and has now been beautifully documented by Lynda Durrant in this guide. Plans for 2019 include the official launch, an exhibition, and the erection of QR-code based way marks by the SDNPA along the route.

 

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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