New downland bus timetable starts today

Posted On 02 Oct 2010 at 6:21 am

Three of the most popular downland attractions in the Brighton and Hove area will be served by a revised bus timetable from today.

The “Breeze up to the Downs” autumn and winter timetable promises extra services too.

The new timetable covers the 77, 78 and 79 services to the Devil’s Dyke, Stanmer Park and Ditchling Beacon.

Brighton and Hove City Council, which part-funds the routes, said: “This year, for the first time, the Devil’s Dyke 77 bus will also be running on Saturdays during this period.”

The council said that this reflected the growing popularity of the service and demonstrated the response to requests made by residents who love to travel up to the Downs.

The council funds the routes with the National Trust and the South Downs Joint Committee as the Breeze up to the Downs Partnership.

The aim is to improve access by bus to popular downland destinations and, as part of this, two children can also travel free with each adult on the service.

The council said that in the past year 33 per cent more passenger journeys were being made on the three routes compared with the previous year.

Councillor Geoffrey Theobald, the council’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “We want to make it easy and simple for residents and tourists to hop on the bus so that they can enjoy the beautiful sites that the area has to offer.”

To view the three route guides, including ideas for walks and other information, click here.

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