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Restricted travel in local area for Lewes Bonfire

Restricted local travel arrangements will apply on 5 November, the day of the Lewes bonfire celebrations.

Thinking of heading to Lewes for its famous bonfire processions next week? Think again - restricted travel arrangements are being put in place for Lewes Bonfire “to keep the public safe and feeling safe”.

These arrangements may also affect University of Sussex students and staff who are travelling to and from campus or elsewhere in the local area on Monday 5 November.

All classes scheduled for that day will go ahead as normal.

The event organisers say: “Lewes has narrow streets which cannot safely cope with a huge influx of people during the busy bonfire celebrations. These restrictions will help better manage the safety of tens of thousands of people expected to attend the event and reduce the risks of a serious incident. 

“We recognise that there will be an impact on train passengers and road users who are not planning to attend the event. The decision to bring in travel restrictions has been made in the best interests of safety. We hope that those who are inconvenienced will understand that and have time to make alternative arrangements where possible.”

Travel by train

No trains will call at Falmer, Glynde, Lewes or Southease from 5pm on Monday 5 November until the first timetabled trains on the morning of Tuesday 6 November.

Train services will be operating from Brighton towards Newhaven and Eastbourne; rail passengers will need to connect with these services at Brighton station.

For details, check online journey planners such as National Rail Enquiries.

Travel by bus

A 10-minute bus service from Falmer railway station towards Lewes will operate from 4.30pm on Monday 5 November. The 28/29 bus service will also be accepting rail tickets.

Bus services from Falmer towards Brighton will be running up to every five minutes and will accept rail tickets.

Nearer the time, check out the Brighton & Hove Buses website for information about other local bus services on Monday 5 November.

Travel by road

The following road closures from will apply from 4.45pm on Monday 5 November:

•    A27 junction with A277 Brighton Road (Ashcombe Roundabout)
•    A27 junction with A26 (Southerham Roundabout)
•    A26 junction with B2192 Ringmer Road (Earwig Corner)
•    C7 Kingston Road junction with C324 Wellgreen Lane
•    A275 Offham Rd junction with B2116 Plumpton Road
•    A27 junction with Southerham Lane (Cliffe Industrial Estate)
Parking restrictions will begin to be imposed from noon. More information will follow closer to the event.

Stay Local

The Lewes Bonfire event organisers are asking non-Lewes residents to ‘Stay Local’, supporting locally organised firework displays rather than trying to travel to Lewes.

Large displays in Brighton and Hove include Brighton Racecourse and Sussex Cricket Ground on Saturday 3 November. 

A full list of alternative events is available on the Lewes Bonfire website.

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Posted on behalf of: Transport
Last updated: Tuesday, 30 October 2018

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