New school bus service

escc logoTWO new bus routes will help ensure pupils can take the bus to school in Newhaven.

East Sussex County Council has confirmed funding for two direct bus services, which will operate from September serving Seahaven Academy.

The two routes, from Saltdean and Denton, will run during term time, with drop off and pick up times corresponding with the school’s new start and finish times.

The new services, which will be operated by Brighton & Hove Buses, will initially be funded by the council for three academic years, to the end of July 2026.

The new 492 school service will reduce the walking distance to school by departing from opposite Paradise Park in Newhaven at 8am each school-day morning, serving Denton Corner and Newhaven Station on route.

It will arrive at Seahaven Academy at 8.20am. The return service will leave from outside the school at 3.15pm.

Pupils from Saltdean, Telscombe Cliffs and Peacehaven will be served by the new 494 service which will leave Saltdean at 7.35am, reaching the school at 8.20am. After school, the return service will depart from Newhaven at 3.25pm.

Cllr Clare Dowling, lead member for transport and environment at East Sussex County Council, said: “Since we were advised of the changes to Seahaven Academy’s start and finish times, officers have worked tirelessly to find a suitable solution for the council, parents, pupils and the school.

“I am delighted we are able to confirm funding for these two new services, providing sustainable transport for students to and from school.”