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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.

Latest news update: Since our January Newsletter was published; we are pleased to announce Brighton & Hove Buses has decided not to proceed with the possible cuts to route 18 in April; following strong objections from Brighton Area Buswatch!
Thank you for listening. However the company does suggest, that financially it remains the poorest performing bus route in the city, and the reprieve may not be permanent. It may be a case of use it, or lose part of it!

Click here- for our latest January '23 Bus User newsletter-

Our latest Buswatch Newsletter includes:-
  • £2 maximum single introduced for three months from 1 January.
  • New fare deals for young people.
  • Improved Sunday service on routes 37 & 37B from 29 January.
  • Improved service on route 21 from April between Churchill Square, Queens Park, Whitehawk and Brighton Marina.
  • Route 18 to be extended to Goldstone Valley from April but Churchill Square to Queens Park but frequency was to possibly be halved to every 30 minutes (but this has since been rescinded).
  • Christmas Day and Boxing Day reviews by visitor John Nicholas.

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.

Due to the national shortage of bus drivers, many operators are having difficulties recruiting enough new drivers, and so unfortunately this may cause occasional missed journeys, although the situation is improving.

All our information is thought to be correct later than 8th January 2023.

Brighton & Hove Bus Co. : Brighton & Hove Bus news as of the beginning of January. The service 6 has seen a marginal reduction of frequency, and the service 24 & (5B) now serves the Varley Halls, in Coldean (necessitating changes to the 26 & 46 timetable).
Brighton & Hove has its all encompassing app. While Apple Express (on iphones) is available; but 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.
Stagecoach apologised for the frequency reductions in October, which were caused by a shortage of bus drivers; as it is better to run a more reliable service at a lower frequency, than having to keep cancelling buses. They hope the driver situation will soon improve, and that in 2023, frequencies can be improved on the 700 and Pulse, again.
Click here-for the Stagecoach website.

The Big Lemon: The Big Lemon is branching out, and is running some services in Bristol and Bath! For the latest information, visit 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. As suggested in our January Newsletter, Sunday services on the 37/37B will be 'improved' from the 29th January. Many fares were reduced as part of government initiatives, to encourage bus usage to recover.

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

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 November/December 2022 newsletter

Click here- for the October 2022 newsletter

Click here- for the September 2022 newsletter

Click here- for the August 2022 newsletter

Click here- for the June/July 2022 newsletter

Click here- for the May 2022 newsletter

Click here- for the April 2022 newsletter

Click here- for Feb/March 2022 newsletter

Click here- for the January 2022 newsletter

For some of our previous newsletters (click here):


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