All change on the buses with award of new contract

COMPASS Travel has been awarded a contract by East Sussex County Council to operate four main daily bus routes in the area, plus several school journeys and a Saturday service.

These routes will be operated as part of the council’s RIDER network.

They were formerly operated by the Renown Group and will be taken over by Worthing-based Compass from May 21 on a seven-year contract.

Compass Travel is an independent bus company and is currently operating a large network of services in West Sussex.

A new depot will be opened in Lewes for these East Sussex routes. To operate the services Compass has ordered six new British built Optare buses.

These buses have good ‘green’ credentials and will offer low-floor accessibility.

There will be some detailed changes to the existing timetables so a new timetable booklet is to be produced giving the details of these East Sussex services. This will be available on the buses and at local information points, libraries and shops.

Timetables can also be viewed on the Compass website: www.compass-travel.co.uk or requested by telephoning the Compass office on 01903 690025.

The routes to be operated by Compass are as follows: 119, Seaford town service (circular). Operates Mondays to Saturdays.

120, Seaford town service (circular). Saturday service. (Mon–Fri service operated by Cuckmere Community Bus)

121, Lewes to Chailey School. One journey schooldays only. (Main Mon-Sat service operated by Countryliner).

123, Peacehaven and Newhaven to Lewes. Operates Mon-Sat.

126, Seaford to Alfriston. One journey Mon–Fri. (Main Mon-Sun service operated by Renown and Cuckmere Community Bus).

143, Eastbourne, Hailsham and Ringmer to Lewes. Operates Mon-Fri.

145, Newhaven town service. Operates Mon-Sat.