Arriva have decided to stop running the 228/229 bus service from Crowborough to Tunbridge Well from 3rd September.
The bus company have given notice to East Sussex County Council that they will be withdrawing the service from 3rd September 2016, as they no longer consider the route commercially viable. Arriva’s withdrawal includes the section of route in Crowborough partly funded by the county council.
A spokesperson for East Sussex County Council said:
We expect to secure a replacement daytime Crowborough town service, although this is likely to differ from the current Arriva provision. Future provision may require passengers from Poundfield, Jarvis Brook and Alderbrook to change buses at Crowborough The Broadway when travelling to and from Tunbridge Wells
We are working with Kent County Council to try and ensure alternative transport arrangements are available for pupils who travel on the 228/229 bus from Crowborough to schools and colleges in the Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge area and we are in discussions with bus operators, although East Sussex County Council’s policy does not provide funding for school buses for pupils not attending their nearest school.
Last September Arriva modified the route so that not all buses completed a circular route around Crowborough.
Earlier this year Wealden Bus Alliance and Sussex Community Rail Partnership conducted a survey to see if there is demand for an early morning and evening commuter bus connecting with train services.
Have Your Say
Do you rely on the 228/229 to get to work or do your children use it to get to school? Why do you think it is unprofitable to run? Concerned about the withdrawal of the service and what might be provided as an alternative, then add your comments below or join the conversation on Facebook.