June 2013 Newsletter
Brighton & Hove reduces the price of family
Great news for families and groups travelling together! The Brighton
& Hove Bus Company has reduced the price of Family Explorer tickets
from £10 to £9. This addresses the complaint we often hear
that bus fares are excessively high for families travelling together.
The new price is a real bargain which should encourage more families to
leave the car at home and travel by bus, saving money too on high parking
charges. This also overcomes the problem of under 16s not having Bus ID
with them, or those visiting from outside our area where there is no ID
scheme or where child travel is free (such as London).
The £9 tickets can also be used by two adults travelling together
saving 20p on the cost of buying two £4.60 City Saver tickets on
the bus. Travel further and two people save £5 outside the City
Saver area to Eastbourne, Uckfield or Tunbridge Wells.
Tickets can either be purchased on the bus or in advance as an M ticket
using a smartphone. M tickets are effectively Saver tickets which are
only valid on Brighton & Hove Bus Company services. Family Explorer
tickets purchased on Brighton & Hove buses for £9 can be used
on any operator.
Make the most of your ticket with special summer services - the 13X from
Brighton Station to Beachy Head and Eastbourne now runs every day until
mid September and the 77 from Brighton Pier to Devils Dyke will
be daily from 22 June with open top buses.
Explorer tickets on Stagecoach buses
The lower prices above contrast markedly with the situation on Stagecoach
(South) buses serving Brighton & West Sussex which we highlighted
last month. The good news is that Stagecoach is now promoting Explorer
tickets on some publicity material on route 700. The bad news is that
a one day Explorer ticket costs £8.50 for one person and £17
for a family ticket almost double the price now promoted by Brighton
As far as we area aware, the new £9 Family Explorer tickets issued
on Brighton & Hove buses will be accepted on Stagecoach buses so you
can also use them to Worthing, Littlehampton and Chichester on route 700
and to Horsham on the 17. If you experience difficulties please let us
We hope Stagecoach will react to this competition and drop its prices.
Stagecoach is a highly successful company operating buses all over the
UK. In other areas its fares are usually cheaper than its competitors.
Lewes Road bus lanes ahead of schedule -
let us have your views on the Sainsburys bus stop.
Work on installing new bus lanes in Lewes Road is proceeding well, so
well in fact that the whole scheme should be completed in October, two
months ahead of schedule. Many new bus shelters have been installed and
the new cycle lanes which pass behind some bus stops appear to be a success.
The bus lanes will be officially introduced and enforced when the scheme
Attention will then turn to the Vogue Gyratory around Sainsburys.
Here the proposals are still being formulated. There is a strong case
for a continuous northbound cycle lane through the gyratory to help cyclists
to negotiate this difficult area. This can be accommodated by reducing
the pavement width on the offside (petrol station) side but the cycle
lane itself would have to be in the middle of the roadway so as to reach
the traffic lights at the Hollindean Road/Bear Road junction with the
Lewes Road traffic lane.
This means northbound Lewes Road buses would have to cross the cycle
lane to reach the stop outside Sainsburys and then cross it again
when leaving the bus stop. It is not ideal and one option being considered
is to abandon the Sainsburys bus stop to allow buses to remain in
the middle traffic lane and avoid conflicts with cyclists plus cars entering
and exiting Sainsburys car park. This would also speed up bus journeys
through the gyratory. Route 25 bendy buses already by-pass this stop so
the 37B, 38, 48 & 49 to Meadowview, Bevendean and Moulsecoomb would
be affected. The big disadvantage is that these passengers would have
further to walk from Sainsburys to Melbourne Street (where a new
bus shelter is planned) or opposite the bus garage (where two new shelters
have been installed already).
We realise this is not a perfect solution and your views are welcome.
Detailed drawings are being prepared by Brighton & Hove City Council.
Brighton Area Buswatch will forward comments to the project team at the
City Council who will make a final decision. Alternatively you can write
to them direct at email@example.com
continued in next column
June 2013 News: continued
Route 52 consultation
Brighton & Hove City Council and The Big Lemon bus company are consulting
users of route 52 (Woodingdean Ovingdean Brighton Marina)
on proposals to extend some or all buses to Brighton City Centre. There
are three options, (1) no changes at all, (2) extend some peak time buses
to Old Steine or Brighton Station for commuters, not serving Brighton
Marina, or (3) extend all journeys to Old Steine/Brighton Station at a
reduced frequency of every 90 minutes instead of hourly. Full details
are available on www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/52bus.
The consultation period closes on 4 July and the changes would be introduced
in September if supported.
New Sunday bus service for Ditchling Village
(Photo: courtesy of Malc McDonald)
Our photo shows a 271 bus arriving at Ditchling Village
on 26 May, the first day of the new Sunday service. The service is restricted
to single deck buses on Sundays due to overhanging trees but the views
are still good. There are some fine walks to be had around the village
and a couple of excellent pubs serving food. The recently enlarged Ditchling
Museum is also worth a visit to explore the history of the village and
some of its notable residents.
Full timetables are available on Timetable leaflets are available at
One Stop Travel in North Street, Brighton and in Hove Town Hall. Metrobus
has also published timetable booklet of all services in Sussex and Surrey
and copies are also available from One Stop Travel and from Crawley Bus
Old Steine Bus shelters to be refurbished
The listed bus shelters outside the Royal Pavilion are looking increasingly
shabby. The good news is that they are to be fully refurbished shortly.
At the same time the stop used by Lewes Road buses will be altered with
the removal of the wall on the road side which will make it easier for
buses to pull in.
Edward Street bus lane proposals.
Almost finally, a reminder that the Edward Street consultation closes
on 25 June. You can have your say until then on www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/betterbusareas.
Next meeting on 10 July
Our next meeting with Brighton & Hove City Council and local bus
companies is on Wednesday 10 July at 6pm in Hove Town Hall. If you would
like to attend please get in touch as space is limited. Alternatively
please let us know if there are any issues you would like us to raise
on your behalf. Our contact details are below.
This newsletter is edited and produced by Andrew Boag, Chair, Brighton
Area Buswatch. We welcome your comments and suggestions. Printed copies
of this newsletter are available from Hove town hall reception.
The next issue is due in mid July.
SOME PREVIOUS NEWS
Our May (and early
June 13) Newsletter includes: -
- New Bus lanes for Edward Street
- Explorer ticket update
- One ticket please
- Trying out the new 'm' ticket
- Our bus service suggestions
- Brighton Station Gateway plans
Our April (and early
May 13) Newsletter includes:-
- Bus fares increase from 21st April 2013
- More buses on many bus routes, and news on supported services.
- New Sunday service to Ditchling Village, but withdrawl of Crawley service
- The Big Lemon meeets its users.
- Explorer tickets- Stagecoach gets in a muddle.
- Welcome to Martin Harris.
Our March (and early
April 13) Newsletter includes:-
- Improvements to Coastliner service 700 service.
- Farewell to Roger French.
- 'M' tickets on Brighton & Hove route 23 & 25.
- New bus and cycle lanes along the Lewes Road.