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OCTOBER 18 NEWSLETTER

 
 

28 AND 29 BUSES AT THE LEVEL

Lewesians trying to get the bus home from St Peters Church in Brighton have had a shock, since buses are not stopping at the stop for the next 18 months or so due to works.

Up to now, there has been no sign of the works and no sign on the bus stop, although Brighton buses say they will now put one up.

There is a replacement stop half way up the Level, but this still leaves a big gap after the Pavilion stop.

Buses going into Brighton are not affected.

 

GETTING THE TRAIN TO ASHFORD

The withdrawal of the direct trains from Lewes to Ashford has caused even more problems than expected.  The advertised connection going east involves getting on a train from London and changing at Hampden Park, climbing over the footbridge.

The connecting trains have often been late and people have been missing, or nearly missing the connection.  Changing at Hampden Park is no good for people with mobility difficulties.

Travelman suggests getting an earlier train to Eastbourne, which comes from Brighton, but this lengthens the journey to Ashford to about 2 hours.

 

EUROSTAR TO ASHFORD

Travelman foolishly attempted to book a Eurostar from Ashford to Paris.  At 48 hours notice he got a notification saying that no Paris Eurostars were calling at Ashford and that he should get a South Eastern train from Ashford to Ebbsfleet and then return on Eurostar, potentially adding an hour to the journey.

Although Eurostar is not talking about it and is still selling tickets from Ashford, this has apparently been going on since April.  The new Eurostar trains don’t work with the hardware or software at Ashford. Apparently the equipment there blows the software on the trains in some way.

Trains to Brussels are apparently not affected as Eurostar can schedule the older trains that work OK for this route.

The alternative is to go up to London.  Travelman invested in a CIV ticket to St Pancras, which costs £30 but guarantees that, if the Southern/Thameslink trains are late and you miss your train, you get put on the next one.  It cost more to get to London than it did to get from London to Paris. He also allowed an extra hour, which was a good idea, because the Thamelink train was 40 minutes late owning to a breakdown at City Thameslink.

Apparently Ashford council and local businesses invested a lot of money into funding the upgrade of the station for the new trains, but there is no news about when the trains will return, if ever.

This is not the first time that Eurostar has shafted local communities on their route.  The stations at Calais Frethun and Haut Picardie, apparently built to appease local communities, see few trains, whils Eurostar refuses to call at Stratford International at all.

 

FED UP WITH SPEEDING TRAFFIC? JOIN LEWES COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

If you are fed up with speeding traffic coming into and going out of Lewes and around the town, you can do something practical about it.

At key sites around the town Lewes Community Speedwatch volunteers monitor the speed of traffic, record speeding motorists and passes their details to the Police who send out warning letters which get recorded against the motorist. Frequent offenders get a visit from the Police. We’ve been operating since November 2013 and reported over 4,600 motorists speeding up to 54mph. In the last year we’ve carried out around two sessions per week and reported over 1,800 speeding motorists.

We are looking for volunteers to join us. We will train you. You only need to do the sessions that suit you.  These normally last one hour during daylight hours and usually outside rush hour (when the volume of traffic makes speeding less likely). You will always be paired up with somebody else so that you can help each other. You will need to be able to read the registration numbers and recognise the colours of vehicles. It also helps if you are familiar with car makes, but this can be learnt and usually your pair will be able to do this.

We operate at sites checked out by the Police. These are currently: Malling Street and Hill Offham Road, and Nevill Road (all 30mph), Kingston Road (near Cranedown) and Brighton Road (40mph), Southover High Street and North Street (20mph). But other sites can be added with the agreement of the Police.

If you are interested, please contact Kevin Moore at lewesgroup@livingstreets.org.uk and we can help you through the registration process

You can read about (and register for) Community Speedwatch at the website www.communityspeedwatch.org. If you register on the site, please apply to join an existing group and chose the Lewes community speedwatch group (click on Sussex and then Lewes District).

 

COME AND HELP MAKE LEWES A BETTER TOWN TO CYCLE IN

Cycle Lewes will hold its AGM on Tuesday, 30th October at the Elephant and Castle pub, White Hill (Upstairs Room) 7.30-9pm. One of the main items on the agenda will be the adoption of its Cycling Strategy for Lewes following a wide engagement process over the summer months. Discussion on the proposed action plan and priorities to implement it will also be discussed.

 A new Committee, including Chair and Treasurer will be elected and we are looking for more members (and potential members) to get involved in our work. 

 There will be plenty of time to talk about the ‘Ups and Downs’ of cycling in Lewes – so come along, bring your stories and any photo shots to share!.

 See the Cycle Lewes Facebook Page for further details over the next few weeks.

 info@cyclelewes.org.uk


 

M TICKET PROBLEMS

Brighton & Hove Buses has been experiencing difficulties with the provider of its mobile phone app. Many customers have been unable to buy new tickets. The company has now launched a new improved app to replace the old one. M ticket customers should sign up to the new app as a new customer. Unused tickets purchased on the old app that cannot be accessed, can be restored and transferred to the new app by contacting Brighton & Hove Customer services. Around 30,000 people have now signed up to the new app.

(Article taken from Brighton buswatch

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A GOOD BLOG

Former Brighton & Hove Buses Managing Director Roger French has started an on line blog called Bus & Train user www.busandtrainuser.com. It covers his travels around the UK by public transport – and he certainly gets around a lot! The blog is mainly aimed at those in the bus and rail industry or with an interest in transport. Roger doesn’t hold back with his comments; he is often very critical of what he sees! This makes his reviews very readable and many posts cover scenic bus or train journeys which will be of wider interest.

 

(Article taken from Brighton buswatch

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BRIGHTON AREA BUSWATCH MEETING

The next meeting with bus company managers and Brighton & Hove City Council will be at 5pm on Wednesday 17 October 2018 in Brighton Town Hall. Meetings are open to all, but space is limited so please contact Buswatch at the address below if you wish to join them . Brighton buswatch


 

LIVING STREETS ON ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Prime Minister Theresa May announced a series of measures in support of electric vehicles (EVs).

A key part of the PM's plan is the introduction of hundreds more EV fast-charging stations. 

 

Living Streets nationally wants a more cautious approach when it comes to placement of these EV stations which are increasingly becoming the latest obstacle to making our streets fitter for walking.

This easily avoidable pavement clutter is inconvenient for everyone, and particularly problematic for people with wheelchairs, buggies, or those living with sight loss. 

Why not allocate road space, such as car parking bays or small build-outs from the pavement, to accommodate new EV charging points?  This would ensure pavements are safe and clutter-free.

 

If you agree, please share their statement online.

 

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WHATS HAPPENING WITH THE EGRETS WAY?

People keep asking this, so an update is in order.

The problem is that the promoters have no way of forcing landowners to open a route on their land, so must carefully negotiate with them and then attempt to get the money.

A route through the railway land has been agreed but not yet built.

The section from Kingston, via the Stanley Turner Ground and the dump is open as far as the river bank under the A27 is open, but it dead ends where the route enters the land of Iford Farms, who have not so far agreed a route. Please do not use the footpath along the river bank south to Rodmell.

Legally, the section from near Rodmell to Southease bridge is open, but it is only partly surfaced because one land owner has decided that they don’t want a surface.  Outside of high Summer, this part of the route is only suitable for all terrain bikes.

The section from Southeast bridge to just north of Piddinghoe is open and surfaced, but only half of it is open to equestrians because a landowner has decided that they don’t like horses.

From this point to Piddinghoe the route will probably have to go on the road.  In Piddinghoe the parish council has decided that it does not want to encourage cyclists to ride through the village and the sailing club will not allow the route to cross their land.(although they may be forced to if an application to register the land as a right of way made by your editor is succesfull)  So, despite protests, it has been agreed to run the way along the footpath by the river, much to the terror of pedestrians.

Once the Piddinghoe issue is resolved there is unlikely to be a problem extending the route to Newhaven.

So you can see why things are progressing slowly

You can sign up to support the Egrets Way here


 

WALKS FOR AUTUMN COLOUR

 

The Stanmer Skyline Walk

A grand circuit of the skyline above Stanmer village, with woodlands and varied far reaching views, on a route originally designed for wheelchair users and so mostly firm underfoot in all seasons and with no stiles.  A few gates.  5.5 miles

Transports of Delight, Barcombe to Isfield

Old railways, closed and preserved, a bus route that needs preserving, an old canal, pubs, riverside walks, ice cream, boat rides, wild swimming, pastoral countryside. What else do you need? 6.5 km 4 miles

Chailey woods, commons and fields

A delightful circular walk featuring woods (bluebells in spring), commons and farmland based on the Chailey Link walk devised by local people. Slightly undulating. A number of stiles. 6.82miles / 10.97km

Wealden Woodland Wander

A walk through some of the nicest woods in the Low Weald north of Lewe,s together with a walk by the Ouse and a steam railway.  Lots of lovely picnic spots.  Particularly nice at bluebell time, on hot summer days when you want some shade, and in the autumn when the leaves are going brown. 8.71 Km / 5.41 Miles flat or gently undulating.

Wild Wealden Woodland Wander

 Once the High Weald was heavily wooded.  A lot of woodland still remains. This walk takes you through the woodland that you can see from the train between Balcombe and Three Bridges Stations. The woodlands have been described as areas of “intimacy, seclusion and tranquillity  8.5 miles staRting and finishing at Three Bridges station.

Marching to Battle

A lovely varied walk through Wealden woods and hills, using the London to Hastings Railway and ending at famous Battle.  It starts at Robertsbridge Station, which may seem a long way from Lewes, but if you consult Travel Line South East to get a good connection, you can be there in little more than an hour. 7.4 miles/12km.  Rolling hills and a couple of moderately steep climbs

 

SOME BIKE RIDES

 

Lewes to Shoreham

Barcombe Mills

Egrets Way, Peacehaven Plotlands and the Seaside

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