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!
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but frequency was to possibly be halved to every 30 minutes (but this has since been rescinded).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
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.
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