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Bonfire celebrations cancelled for 2020

Train services are being changed for 5 November amid concerns that people will try to travel to Lewes despite the usual bonfire night celebrations being cancelled.

Lewes Bonfire night is set to be a non-event for visitors this year – so emergency services and local authorities are urging Sussex students and staff not to visit the town on Thursday 5 November.

Bonfire Societies in Lewes are changing or cancelling their plans because of the Covid-19 pandemic, which means the public will not be able to see the usual parades, bonfires and firework displays.

Train services are being changed for 5 November amid concerns that people might try to travel to Lewes despite the celebrations being cancelled, exposing the local community to an increased risk of Covid-19.

No trains will call at Lewes, Glynde, Cooksbridge or Southease after 5pm on 5 November. Online train journey planners such as National Rail Enquiries are being updated to reflect this change.

These travel restrictions have been agreed by a multi-agency group, which includes emergency services and local authorities, to help reduce the risks of a serious incident or Covid-19 outbreak.

Trains will call at Lewes, Glynde, Cooksbridge and Southease from the start of service on the morning of Friday 6 November and rail services will resume as normal.

Other bonfire celebrations across Brighton, Hove and Sussex have also been cancelled this year because of the pandemic.

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Posted on behalf of: Transport
Last updated: Friday, 30 October 2020

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