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JANUARY 18 NEWSLETTER

 

A RATHER DEPRESSED NEW YEAR

 

It’s a very depressing time to be a sustainable transport advocate, with rail fares rising so much that more and more people are deciding that it is cheaper to travel in their cars, even if there is just one of them.  This is a deliberate result of government policy and, even if motorists are wrong to calculate motoring costs just on the price of fuel, many of the extra costs they incur are more or less fixed, whatever their mileage.

Those of us old enough to remember the first round of privatisation will remember that one of its advantages was that private companies could raise money on the open market in order to make improvements and only increase prices after the improvements had been made.  Now we are told that we have to pay extra so that future alleged improvements can be funded.

RAILWAY FARE INCREASES

Here are selected new railway fares (excluding railcard discounts on day tickets)

TO BRIGHTON

Annual season £1332

Monthly season £127.90

Peak day return £8.80

Off peak day return £5.00 (same as the bus but quicker)

TO LONDON VICTORIA

Annual season £4692

Monthly season £415.90

Peak day return £52.90

Off peak day return £30

Super off peak return £18.80*

Advance singles from £5

TO OTHER LONDON TERMINALS

Annual season £4696

Monthly season £450.90

LONDON TRAVELCARD

Annual season £5532

Monthly season £531.10

Off peak day return £34.30

Super off peak return £24.70*

GLITCHES

*When travelman looked today no super off peak fares to London were being shown on the National travel web site.  You can get them on the southern web site at https://ticket.southernrailway.com/search and searching for super off peak.

Today advance tickets were only being shown for a couple of weeks in advance

The price for daysave tickets is still being shown as £19.50 for one (double this for up to 4) with children at £2 each, but this sometimes goes up a little while after the rest of the fares. Not available on Thameslink trains, including the Littlehampton to London service.

The travel log web site pages will be updates as soon as possible.

BRIGHTON BUS FARE INCREASES

Even though the last increase was in April last year, Brighton buses have announced a fare increase

The Lewes-Brighton return fare bought on the bus remains at £5

Network saver tickets bought on the bus will now cost £7

Keycard bought at travel shops (and probably scratch card tickets bought at the tourist office) network savers will be £5.20

Keycard network savers bought on line and mobile phone ticket network savers will be £4.90

COMPASS BUS

No increase announced so far.

MALLING CYCLE ROUTE

A little bit of good news:

Years ago East Sussex council designated a cycle route from Lewes centre to Malling.  It goes past Harveys, under the bridge, past Tesco and the skate park, round the roundabout and then along the track/path to the right to reach Malling community centre.

The signs disappeared in the 2000 flood and it was thought that the records were lost in a fire at county hall.  But now East Sussex county council has reinstated the cycle path signs.

WALKS

Some dry ones for this month:

Lewes Town walk

A tour of the historic market town of Lewes, taking in the usual sites,and some less well known ones. This walk can be combined with any other route starting or finishing at Lewes. 5.47 Km / 3.40 Miles  

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.

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

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