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.
September's Buswatch News includes:-
- September is Catch the bus month – join us on Wednesday 28th at Churchill Square
- A259 cycle lane will remove one bus stop in Hove, replacing it with car parking
- Lewes Bus Station has closed
- National £2 single fare promotion for first three months in 2023
- A trip on the 23 from Sussex University to Brighton Marina
- Remember our Autumn meeting is on the 12th October- see newsletter
Coronavirus update: It is passengers' choice whether to
wear a mask, or not. However, safety enhancements such as keeping windows open, and enhanced cleaning; have been maintained.
Bus services have stabilised, so timetables only rarely change.
East Sussex County Council has created a £5 East Sussex day ticket (and many other ticket initiatives),
for passengers travelling within, to, or from East Sussex.
This is using expected BSIP money to encourage bus usage. A number of operators are taking part.
Stagecoach (East Sussex) are involved, it has reduced the cost of a number of Compass Travel fares,
and both Brighton & Hove and Metrobus
now offer a £5 East Sussex dayticket, on their apps, for journeys involving East Sussex.
All our information is thought to be correct as of 28th September 2022.
Brighton & Hove Bus Co. : School/University timetables have resumed. The winter timetable will be reintroduced on
services 13X, 77, 78 & 79, from the 2nd October.
The fares promotion on Contactless payments (Tap-on, tap-off), ended in late June, and the weekly cap has increased to £24
for an Adult CitySaver.
While tap-on, Tap-off (ToTo) is almost always the same or cheaper than cash fares;
if you are maximising value for money, then other options are often cheaper.
For example: a weekly (or longer) ticket on the 'app' or 'Keycard' is now cheaper for travelling five plus days a week,
compared to Tap-on, tap-off.
If travelling up to 4 days per week, day CitySavers on the App or Keycard, are usally cheaper.
Although if travelling on consecutive days,
2, 3 or 4 days Saver tickets on the app, can save you more money. However, buying 60 singles on the Keycard can be
the cheapest of all!
Although most do not offer the flexibility of Tap-on, tap-off; which can include short hop & Centrefare tickets; and for
when you do not know how many days a week you are travelling.
At this point I should mention there are also family tickets, centrefares, short hops, Network Savers; and when two, or four
people are travelling together, there are special tickets available on the app. A few other special fares are available.
Plus there can be child and student, derivatives.
While the fares landscape is undeniably complex, these extra tickets varieties
are there to help you save even more money. A useful bonus, to further help you enjoying using the comprehensive bus services
Brighton & Hove has its all encompassing app.
While Apple Express (on iphones) is available, please 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.
The daytime service 700 runs every 12 minutes. Earlier this year, Stagecoach reduced its Pulse service
to run every 15 minutes. Also services 5 and 10 saw their daytime frequency reduced to half-hourly.
Click here-for the Stagecoach website.
The Big Lemon: See the Big Lemon's website for their weekend super walk in the New Forest.
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
Click here for the Compass Travel's website.
Lewes bus station closed on the 15th September (see newsletter), meaning different bus stops are required to catch many
bus services (ten listed). However, many single and return fares
were reduced as part of an East Sussex County Council initiative, to encourage usage to recover, using future BSIP money.
CTLA & Cuckmere bus services: are no longer listed here. To contact them, phone 01273 517332.
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.
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 &
- 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
- 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).
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