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Welcome to the Brighton Area Buswatch website:

For the latest Corona Virus information- see below.

As far as possible, we will try to keep you up to date on our website.

Click here- for the bus User November 2021 newsletter-

This report includes:-
    In this month’s Buswatch News:
  • A summary of our response to Brighton & Hove City Council’s Local Transport Plan 5 (LTP5)
  • Coast Road night buses need to return soon
  • East Sussex County Council’s Bus Service Improvement Plan
  • Farewell to Martin Harris

We are pleased to announce that our public meetings with bus companies and Brighton & Hove City Council have resumed, with the next meeting on Wednesday 12th January 2022, in Committee rooms 2 & 3 at Brighton Town Hall, Bartholomew Square. It will start at 4.30pm and finish by 6.30pm. Numbers are limited so if you wish to attend please email Andrew on

Coronavirus update:
Under government guidance; at one time travel was restricted to 'essential' travel only; now everyone is encouraged to travel, for any reason. Seating restrictions have been lifted, with standing permitted, so bus capacity has resumed to pre-covid levels. Most companies 'expect' passengers to still wear masks (with medical exemptions). Windows are to be kept open, and enhanced cleaning has been maintained. Bus services have stablised, so timetables rarely change. Any staff shortages at bus companies are now easing.
All our information is thought to be correct as of 26th November 2021.

Brighton & Hove Bus Co. : The 5B journeys that continue to the University of Sussex, now run via the Varley Halls, instead of Coldean village. In the run up to Christmas; the bus company is offering free travel, for accompanied children, at weekends in December.

The bus company has introduced an all-encompassing app, a 'how full is my bus' app, and a 'when2Travel' app.
If you pay by Apple phone, Apple Express is also now available. But keep your phone separate from debit cards, or the system may not know which one to charge!
Click here for Brighton & Hove's main website.

Stagecoach: Covering the area between Littlehampton, Worthing, and Brighton.
Click here for the 700 timetable, from 20th June 21.
The N700 has restarted. This will run from Brighton at 0035, 1.35, 2.35 & 3.35am on Friday and Saturday nights; Returning from Worthing at 2345, then hourly until 2.45am. The N700 is no longer included on the normal 700 timetable, so you will need to look up the 'N700' timetable. Click here-for the Stagecoach website.

The Big Lemon: For the latest information, visit the the Big Lemon website, or phone 01273 681681.

Metrobus, south and mid Sussex: For the latest information click here- for the Metrobus website

Compass Travel Click here for the Compass Travel's website.

CTLA & Cuckmere bus services: are no longer listed here. To contact them, phone 01273 517332.

This is not the right occasion to include additional concerns about franchising.

For more details on how to be involved click here.


May we welcome new members and supporters reading our news for the first time.

We are independent from bus companies and local authorities. Our policy is to influence decisions by building relationships and working with others. We have meetings four times a year with bus companies and Council representatives where members concerns are discussed. They also have an opportunity to explain future proposals.

Click here- for the July & August 2021 newsletter

Click here- for the June 2021 newsletter

Click here- for the May 2021 newsletter

Click here- for the April 2021 newsletter

Click here- for the March 2021 newsletter

Click here- for the February 2021 newsletter

Click here- for the January 2021 newsletter

Click here- for the November/December 2020 newsletter

Click here- for the October 2020 newsletter

For some of our previous newsletters (click here):

Our group still has concerns over Brighton Council's Valley Gardens proposals.


What we do:

Brighton Area Buswatch deals mostly with strategic issues affecting lots of people. We campaign for improvements to bus services and fares on behalf of bus users. Our policy is to build relationships with local Councils, local interest groups and bus companies to find out about their plans so we can make suggestions and try to influence them. Criticising authorities after they've implemented changes is usually too late to make a difference, so we try to avoid this situation occurring. However we will sometimes suggest lessons to be learnt, especially if we think it could help to avoid mistakes being repeated.

We are lucky to have excellent bus services in much of our area which are well-used and very few require public subsidies. Recently around 50 million passenger journeys were made by bus in Brighton & Hove which compares with under 20 million journeys in Southampton or Portsmouth which are similar in size. This is a tremendous achievement but we recognise that people's expectations are always rising and there are always improvements that can be made.

If you have a particular problem regarding a bus service or an incident on a recent journey we advise you in the first instance, to contact the bus company concerned. In our experience most local bus companies are keen to receive feedback and will do their best to help if they can. Our partners at Bus Users UK can deal with appeals if a customer is not satisfied with the response from a bus company or local authority.


What we have achived in the recent past includes:-

  • We suggested a one-hour single ticket, which has been introduced, so enabling passengers to change buses without needing to pay again.
  • We successfully campaigned for Saver tickets, Key Card and m-tickets to be valid on all Council supported bus services in Brighton & Hove.
  • We rejoined the Council's Quality Bus partnership, enabling us to influence planning decisions affecting all local bus companies.
  • We suggested improvements to late night services to Goldstine Valley and to lewes; and have been pressing for improvements to route 37 to Meadowview and the Bristol Estate; plus later Sunday evening jouneys to Worthing.
  • We have expressed concerns about the revised Valley Gardens scheme. This would reduced the number of lanes for general traffic, so risks causing buses severe delays and unreliability problems, particularly when traffic is busier (especially at weekends and on nice summer days).

More News:
Below, you can see our poster which has appeared on buses. If you are interested in joining, also click here for our 'takaway leaflet'



Our Public Transport Information page- includes links to real-time bus information for Metrobus and Worthing area services (as well as real-time information in the Brighton area- both the city council and the Brighton and Hove Bus Company).


top left: Brighton & Hove bus etc.
top right: Stagecoach bus


above: Compass Bus service


above: Big Lemon CIC bus


above: Brighton & Hove Bus