From Monday 8 March 2021 Stagecoach bus services will be restored to normal pre-COVID service levels across the south east. All school day bus journeys will be running. Stagecoach has worked closely with East Sussex County Council to provide additional capacity to help with busy routes. Please use our journey planner to check bus times.
Please read through the following important information:
NO CHANGE ISSUED ON BUSES
We’ve been listening carefully to feedback on what extra steps we can take to help people feel safe onboard our buses. One of the measures we’ve taken is to minimise cash handling by not issuing change on the bus. To confirm, we are continuing to accept cash on our buses, but our drivers are unable to give change back. Any over-payments are donated to Demelza Hospice Care for Children. Some of you will have purchased a pass already, this can be scanned on the bus as usual. However we know some of you didn’t want to commit to a long-term ticket in such uncertain times.
Don’t worry, we still have lots of options for you.
1. Pay with the exact change.
2. Buy a monthly ticket on our website.
3. If you have a mobile smartphone, you can download our app and buy day or weekly tickets straight to your phone. Find out more here.
The government require all passengers using public transport aged 11 years or more, to wear a face-covering unless medically exempt. Our drivers will remind young people of this requirement, but it is the responsibility of your child to comply. Our drivers will not refuse travel or apply any enforcement measures, but we appeal to students and parents to ensure that this is taken seriously and that a face-covering is worn at all times when on the bus.
BUS SERVICE LEVELS
Every one of our available buses will be out on the road when schools and colleges return. We'll be running all our usual school day bus services. Our depot teams across the region will be working flat-out to get buses to where they are needed and we’ll continue to work closely with the County Council, and schools, to do everything we can to maximise capacity. We have a range of measures in place to ensure our buses are clean, safe and ready to help get you to and from school from 8 March.
As we did when schools were last fully open, we’ll be running many of our school day bus journeys as ‘dedicated schools services’. This means they will only be available for young people to board if travelling to and from their place of education. The general public will not be able to use them, and, in-line with government instructions, these buses will be able to carry more passengers. Unlike normal service buses which have a limited seating capacity, these dedicated schools services will allow the near maximum seated capacity of the bus.
All dedicated schools services will have a special destination display that shows ‘School Service’ at the front of the bus, alternating with the route number and destination. As these ‘dedicated schools services’ are for students only, morning journeys will only stop to pick-up students and drop them at school/college. On the way home in the afternoon the ‘dedicated schools service’ will collect students from school/college and then operate as drop-off only at all other stops. You can find a list of all the dedicated schools services below.
Regular service buses have government capacity restrictions. This means that on a double decker bus, we can only carry up to 32 people. Some of our regular bus journeys will be followed by another bus running behind. These buses will be operated by a different bus or coach company contracted by Stagecoach and funded by the County Council. They will be there to provide back-up capacity. We’ve been working with the County Council to decide which journeys will be followed, based on which routes are usually busier. When students return we’ll be keeping a close eye on the busiest journeys so if necessary we can change the allocation of these extra buses to suit demand.
We're urging everyone to check this web page for the latest timetable information. Please also check our Twitter feed @StagecoachSE for updates as they happen.