3 October 2013

Autumn 'Breeze' better than ever

For the first time ever, all the Breeze buses up to the Downs from Brighton are running every Saturday and Sunday during the autumn and winter months.  

Up to now, only the 77 to Devil’s Dyke has run a Saturday service outside the spring and summer months:  the 78 to Stanmer Park and 79 to Ditchling Beacon have only run on Sundays (and Bank Holidays) in the autumn and winter seasons.

There’s a two for one offer for people arriving in Brighton by train on single or return bus tickets from Brighton to Devil’s Dyke, Ditchling Beacon or Stanmer Park.  The Breeze bus routes all call at Brighton Station:  just show your valid rail tickets to the bus driver.  People travelling solo can get a third off their single or return bus ticket

The new autumn and winter Saturday services are being offered thanks to a successful bid to the ‘2 Parks Local Sustainable Transport Fund’.

Councillor Ian Davey, lead member for transport at Brighton & Hove City Council, said: “Everyone who loves spending time on the Downs on the city’s doorstep will now have double the opportunity to do so.”

“The new leaflets highlight walks and discounts for bus passengers on refreshments at various tea rooms and country pubs.

“There is also good news for cyclists as bikes can be taken on the 79 bus to Ditchling Beacon at no extra cost.

“For a family outing it is great value for money with two children travelling free per accompanying adult, and no parking costs. Using the Breeze up to the Downs service is also a sustainable choice, helping to reduce traffic congestion and pollution in the city and surrounding countryside.”

New editions of the Breeze up to the Downs leaflets are available on the council’s website at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/breezebuses and from hundreds of outlets in and around the city.  Or call (01273) 292480 for more information, or to receive copies by post.

There’s also a route 77 podcast available for the Devil’s Dyke bus (or a printed route guide to pick up on the bus), illustrating the highlights of these iconic journeys, packed with ideas for walks to help people enjoy their time on the Downs.

The 77, 78 and 79 are funded by Brighton & Hove City Council and the National Trust, who together with the South Downs National Park Authority form the ‘Breeze up to the Downs’ Partnership. The partnership aims to improve access by bus to popular downland destinations.  Breeze bus services are operated by Brighton & Hove Bus Company under contract.