13 June 2014

Summer 'Breeze' hots up!

The number 77 bus to Devil’s Dyke is moving up a gear!  From this Sunday 15 June it will be transformed into a seven days a week open top bus service, with additional evening buses up until 31 August.  With buses returning from Devil’s Dyke up to 8.30pm, you can even pop up there for a summer evening stroll!

Two open-top buses will work the Devil’s Dyke route, running at least every 45 minutes during the daytime.  Each of the buses is low-floor and accessible to people travelling in wheelchairs or pushing buggies.

Up to two children per adult go free on the 77 bus.  An adult return to Devil’s Dyke is just £5.00 – or you can get the new Discovery ticket for unlimited bus travel.   Senior citizens’ bus passes are accepted too.

'Discovery' tickets also offer unlimited travel on all local companies’ bus services, including the weekend 78 bus to the heart of Stanmer Park and the weekend 79 bus to Ditchling Beacon.  One day versions of the ‘Discovery’ can be bought for £8.50.  Two people can save with a Discovery Family Ticket for £12.50 which includes up to three children.

Councillor Ian Davey, lead member for transport at Brighton & Hove City Council, said: “Exploring the Downs around Brighton & Hove on an open top bus makes a great day out.

“The ‘Breeze up to the Downs’ bus services also help reduce traffic congestion at popular local attractions like Stanmer Park and open up hard-to-reach areas of the Downs for the many city residents who don’t have access to a car. We’re pleased to be supporting these popular buses which are valued by residents and visitors alike.”

Leaflets with information on each of the three ‘Breeze’ bus routes (77, 78, 79) are available from www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/breezebuses or at libraries, council offices and bus offices - or by calling the council on 01273 292480. 

There’s a podcast on VisitBrighton’s website at www.visitbrighton.com which highlights the things you can only see from the top of the 77. Alternatively, printed route guides are available on board.

The ‘Breeze up to the Downs’ project is supported by Brighton & Hove City Council, The National Trust and the South Downs National Park Authority.