Tomorrow, Monday 16th April, sees the launch of a revised timetable on the 44 service, extending the route to the City Centre all day.
Residents at Varley Halls, the service’s main passenger base, were asked in February if they would rather have a half-hourly service calling at Moulsecoomb and Falmer only, or an hourly service in each direction calling at Falmer, Varley Halls, Moulsecoomb and the City Centre. By 41 to 24, they voted to change the service, extending it to Grand Parade and Old Steine during the day. In the evenings they will extend to the seafront, West Street and Churchill Square.
This has a number of benefits: it allows the timings to be altered so that passengers for Moulsecoomb do not get to university either long before, or just late for their lectures, but should get there with 15 minutes to spare every time. It also means that students travelling to Grand Parade can use The Big Lemon too, arriving 5 minutes before their lectures start.
For students studying at Falmer it means their journey is a lot quicker as they no longer need to travel via Moulsecoomb but can go direct to Falmer in about 5 minutes, and for students studying at Sussex University they can now get the bus from town to the bus stop just next to Sussex University on the A27. And local residents who live on the route they can now use The BIg Lemon to go to town throughout the day.
Fares remain the same, at £1 for a sort hop, £1.80 for a single, and £2 for the whole day. Full fare information is available here