Ashurst Wood is served by three bus routes. The 270 (East Grinstead – Haywards Heath and Brighton) and 291 (Tunbridge Wells – Crawley) are operated by Metrobus (www.metrobus.co.uk). The 261 (Uckfield – East Grinstead) is operated by Compass Travel (www.compass-travel.co.uk). Train services from East Grinstead to Victoria are operated by Southern (www.southernrailway.com) and those to Bedford by Thameslink (www.thameslinkrailway.com).
The Village Council’s summary timetable below shows all bus services between Forest Row, Ashurst Wood and East Grinstead (town and station), together with train connections between East Grinstead and East Croydon, Clapham Junction London stations and Bedford. We aim to update this whenever there is a timetable change, and should welcome comments and suggestions on how we could improve this information. The Village Council can accept no liability for inaccuracies; users should confirm details including fares information with operators.
Real-time information displays are not provided at bus stops in the village, but this information is available for Metrobus services from their website or (for mobile users) from www.mytraveline.mobi or similar apps.
A “Plusbus” scheme operates in the East Grinstead area including Ashurst Wood. This enables rail travellers to add local bus services to their train ticket for a reduced amount compared with buying separate bus and train tickets. “Plusbus” tickets are available for one day or for various lengths of season ticket, and have to be purchased from a railway station. For rail season ticket holders there are potential savings over parking charges. Full details can be found on www.plusbus.info/grinstead.
Please contact the Council Clerk if you would like to comment on or receive information about bus services in the area.
Bus and train services from 13th September 2021
The 07 15 Thameslink from East Grinstead to West Hampstead (and incoming 07 03 arrival) have been reinstated from the 13th September.
There are also some changes to the 261 timetable from the 31st August.
The 270 and 291 services are as below (under 28th August)
Bus and train services from 28th August 2021
From 28th August there are some changes to times on the 270 and 291 routes on Mondays to Fridays. Most times are unchanged but, on the 270, some afternoon journeys are retimed up to 10 minutes later and on the 291, some morning school time journeys are up to 5 minutes earlier and some afternoon and evening journeys are up to 10 minutes later. The ‘SDX’ buses on the 261 and 291 for students only no longer operate, but these ran in parallel with other services which continue. There are no changes to train times at this date.
From 6th September there will be some changes to train times to and from East Grinstead. Full details have not been confirmed, but Thameslink have indicated that the one remaining train each way between EG and LB (and points North) will no longer operate. Anyone wanting to travel to London stations other than Victoria will have to change. There may also be some alterations on the Southern route to Victoria – details still awaited.
Bus and train services from 16th May 2021
Reintroduction of some rush hour trains to Victoria and London Bridge, and other minor adjustments.
No changes to bus services – see timetables for 6th March below.
Bus and train services from 6th March 2021
With schools going back from the 8th March, the times for routes 270 and 291 are changing again from the 6th March.
School buses (SDO and SDX) will operate once more, and other Monday to Friday timings on both routes are revised. On Mondays to Saturdays the late evening 291 from Crawley (22 02) to Forest Row and back is reinstated. There is no other change on Saturdays or Sundays.
There is no change to the 261 timetable, or to train times.
Bus and train services from 22nd February 2021
Revised train tines from Monday 22nd February have been published.
Changes are summarised as follows:
London Victoria route (Southern): On Mondays to Fridays a half-hourly service will run at peak times. At other times a reduced hourly service will run. Saturday and Sunday trains are unchanged (half-hourly).
London Bridge/Bedford route (Thameslink): The East Grinstead/London Bridge/Bedford service will not run. Customers should use alternative Southern and Thameslink services (typically, changing at East Croydon).
There are no changes to bus services at this time. See links to bus timetables from 16th January below.
Bus and train services from 16th January 2021
Bus and train services from 13th December 2020
The main feature is the restoration of more Thameslink weekday morning and evening peak services between East Grinstead and London Bridge/Bedford which were curtailed earlier in the year. There are also a few very minor changes to other train times.
Most trains usually have plenty of space to allow passengers to maintain social distancing and travel with confidence but, to help passengers travel safely, busier services have been highlighted on the timetables on operators’ websites to enable them to be avoided if required. As these may change they are not included on the summary timetable. At the time of writing the only trains affected are the 06 06 and 06 36 East Grinstead to Victoria, shown as busy from Oxted on Mondays to Fridays.
There are no changes to bus services at this time. See links to bus timetables in the section below.
Bus and train timetable summary from 13th December 2020 (pdf)
Available as a hard copy from the Clerk.
Bus and train services from 1st September
270 bus services are as under July revised timetable, but after midday they run about 10 minutes later than previously.
The 291 has extra services for schools only, minor timing changes to other services, and has reinstated the late evening service between Crawley and Forest Row (Monday-Saturday).
The 261 has extra services for schools only. The penultimate bus from East Grinstead leave 16 minutes earlier (at 14.42).
Revised timetables from 6th July 2020
The Thameslink service has been partly restored.
The 261 bus is now serving Ashurst Wood and East Grinstead.
Revised timetables from 1st June 2020
The 270 and 291 buses now revert to the basic hourly service most of the day (Monday – Saturday), with Sunday and Bank Holiday services resuming.
There are no changes to the 261 timetable, which now runs three times a day and does not stop at Ashurst Wood (see timetable in section below).
The Metrobus website has lots of information about how they will be operating at the current time. Buses will have a reduced capacity and will not stop to pick up if showing a bus full sign.
Revised timetables from April/May 2020
Bus and train timetables have been revised, with services reduced during the Covid-19 crisis.
The 270 and 291 buses now run roughly once every 2 hours Monday – Saturday. The late evening 291 does not run and there are no services on Sundays or Bank Holidays.
The 261 is now reduced to three journeys a day and does not serve Ashurst Wood .
From 17th May, Southern trains to Victoria have returned to 06 and 36 minutes past the hour. There will be a limited Thameslink service (East Grinstead/London Bridge/Bedford).
Check websites before travelling in case of further changes, and only travel in accordance with Government guidance.
Bus and Train timetable summary showing connections from 17th May 2020
BUS and TRAIN SERVICES from 19th May 2019
From 19th May 2019 there will be changes to times on the 261, 270 and 291 bus routes. The first early 261 journey now runs a few minutes earlier than before in each direction, and the second one no longer serves the village also in each direction. Anyone requiring to be in Uckfield before 09 00 will have to make their way via the Windmill Lane or Forest Row stops. Due to the withdrawal of West Sussex County Council funding for route 270, the 18 35 weekday journey from East Grinstead to Haywards Heath will no longer operate, but a new route 291 journey from East Grinstead to Forest Row partly replaces it. There are other minor changes to timings on route 291.