It has been announced the current 228/229 timetable, due to end on the 10th February, will continue until the end of July with Compass Travel running the service.
This has been arranged by East Sussex County Council and Kent County Council, so as to give more time for service use and revenue to improve in an attempt to avoid the service being reduced.
The 228/229 bus service connects Alderbook and Jarvis Brook to Crowborough Town Centre and then runs to Royal Victoria Place in Tunbridge Wells via the A26 and Eridge. On school days, the 6.50am services goes to the Weald of Kent Grammar School in Tonbridge and the 7.21am to Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys.
East Sussex County Council warned, when Compass started operating the service on the 8th January on behalf of Seaford & District, that when the current contract expired on the 10th February, the route might have to be run on a reduced basis only covering Crowborough and Jarvis Brook.
Discussions are taking place between the two county councils to try and ensure alternative transport arrangements are available for pupils who travel on the 228/229 bus to schools and colleges in Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge.
Arriva operated the route until September 2016, when they decided to pull-out, as they no longer considered the route commercially viable.
Click on the links below to see the background to this story. The 228/229 bus service will be discussed at Crowborough Town Council’s Environment Committee meeting on 30th January.
To view all the bus services operating in the Crowborough area – see Community Info.
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