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.
Staff and bus companies should be praised for maintaining a service,
under difficult conditions. Specific government guidance for use of Public transport is unknown. However, due to Lockdown measures-
only essential journeys of any kind, should be made.
Please note: It is now mandatory for almost all passengers to
wear mouth/nose coverings on any public transport.
Drivers will not restrict access; but if enforced by the police, passengers could face a £200 fine.
All our information is thought to be correct as of late January 2021.
Most/all operators would prefer you pay by contactless card/pre-paid travel.
If paying by cash, many major operators
(including Brighton & Hove, Metrobus and Stagecoach) will not give change, to minimise drivers touching money.
Further details of services- may be available on our Facebook page, but the best information is available on the
relevant bus company's website.
Brighton & Hove Bus Co. : From Sunday 17th January,
Brighton & Hove Bus Company introduced a slightly reduced '80%' service.
Most services retain strict social distancing restrictions.
click here for Brighton & Hove's main website.
The bus company has also introduced a 'how full is my bus' app. This information is also available on their website.
For further details, click how full.
Stagecoach: Covering the area from Littlehampton and Worthing, to Brighton.
Due to lockdown, Stagecoach will reduce some services from the 10th January 2021.
Both the 700 and the Pulse, have been reduced to run every 15 minutes- Monday to Saturday.
With the 5 and 10 running every half-hour.
Click here for the latest 700 timetable,
the first major change since 30th August.
However the N700 will remain suspended, until further notice.
Click here-for the Stagecoach website.
The Big Lemon: For the latest information, see the the Big Lemon website,
or phone 01273 681681.
Metrobus, south and mid Sussex: Metrobus will be running a non schoolday service from 11th January.
Click here- to see the Metrobus website.
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.
Our group still has concerns over Brighton Council's Valley Gardens proposals.
N.B. Due to keeping you upto date live, there was no separate April or May 2020 newsletter.
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