Travel News - Bus Diversions - UPDATED
Heathfield High Street works moves on to phase 3 from Wednesday 21st November 2018. The broad principles of the diversion of the service remain but young people travelling on the services to/from the College should note that with this phase, it will not be possible to serve the full stretch of the A265 (Mutton Hall Hill - High Street- Cross-in-Hand Road) between Vines Corner and the A267 junction.
The morning service will divert at Vines Corner via Tower Street, Ghyll Road and Waldron Thorns to make its main town centre pick up at a new temporary stop at the parade of stops in Station Approach. This replaces the current temporary stop at Tesco Express. It will then continue via Station Road, Hailsham Road, Ghyll Road and Sheepsetting Lane to the A267 and back out on to the A265 east of Cross-in-Hand. The additional stops on the diversion route at Ghyll Road (bus stop almost opposite Swaines Way) and opposite Cross-in-Hand CEP School in Sheepsetting Lane will remain. As at present, subsequent stops outside of Heathfield may be served a little later than usual but passengers are advised to wait at their stops at the normal time.
The afternoon service will again be unable to serve its normal stops between the A267 turning and Vines Corner. The eastbound diversion route is simpler with alternative stops being made outside Cross-in-Hand CEP School and at Station Approach. From Station Approach, the bus will operate via Station Road, Hailsham Road, and Tower Street to Vines Corner to pick up normal route.
It is anticipated that the last day for the works will be Friday 30 November after which services will revert to normal routes.
A major road scheme will commence in Heathfield on Friday 2nd November. This will involve the closure of sections of the High Street for several weeks and means that a number of bus services are having to be diverted.
People travelling to/from the College on services 231 from stops in Heathfield should note that service to all stops between Vines Corner at the east end of town to the A267 turning to the west will be affected and in particular that stops west of Station Road will not be served at all.
The morning service will divert at Vines Corner via Tower Street, Hailsham Road and Station Road to make its main town centre pick up outside Tesco Express in Station Road. It will then continue via the eastern end of the High Street and Mutton Hall Hill back to Vines Corner. People who would normally board the bus on this section should note that it will be operating in the opposite direction over this section and they should wait on the opposite side of the road, or, preferably, go to the main Tesco Express stop to avoid the bus having to stop too often. The bus will then continue via B2203, Ghyll Road and Sheepsetting Lane to the A267 and back out on to the A265 east of Cross-in-Hand. Additional stops on the diversion route will be made in Ghyll Road (bus stop almost opposite Swaines Way) and at a temporary stop opposite Cross-in-Hand CEP School in Sheepsetting Lane. Subsequent stops outside of Heathfield may be served a little later than usual but passengers are advised to wait at their stops at the normal time. The driver will be aiming to keep to schedule as much as possible although we anticipate some delay will be inevitable.
The afternoon service will again be unable to serve its normal stops between the A267 turning and along the A265 as far as Heathfield, Station Road. The eastbound diversion route is simpler with alternative stops being made outside Cross-in-Hand CEP School and at Tesco Express. The journey will be able to serve stops in the east end of the High Street and on Mutton Hall Hill to Vines Corner as normal (i.e. on the north side). People travelling from Burwash may wish to note that the 1550 from Uckfield, will not divert to/from Strand Meadow at Burwash due to the additional time pressures placed on the service.
The road closure, bus diversion and stop changes will commence on Friday 2 November and are expected to remain in place until phase 1 and 2 work is complete in mid-November at which point further information will be issued regarding how phase 3 works will affect services.
East Sussex County Council