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Welcome to the Brighton Area Buswatch website:

Click here- for the group's March 2020 newsletter.

This contains important information about the CANCELLATION OF OUR APRIL QUARTERLY BUS USER GROUP MEETING- for the Coronavirus update- see below.

As far as possible, we will try to keep you up to date on this website.

Stop Press 2:Coronavirus update:
The bus companies should be praised for maintaining a service, under these difficult conditions. However, due to greatly reduced usage, and to maintain staffing levels, most bus companies have reduced their bus services. This information is thought to be correct as of 17th May. Further details may be available on our Facebook page, but the best information is available on the relevant bus company's website. Most bus companies are accepting concessionary passes before 9/9.30am.

Please note: that on Bank holidays- Friday 9th (VE-Day Commemoration), and Monday 25th May, most bus companies are running a Sunday service.

Brighton & Hove Bus Co. : New timetable from 18th May. To maintain distancing, we welcome main bus company increasing the frequency on services 1, 1A, 12/A, 24, 26 & 29. There will also be changes to the timetable on services 2, 25, 27 & 46. For the latest Monday to Saturday timetable click here (reuploaded 17th May).
For Sunday & Bank Holiday services, Click here, for the Bus Company's general CoronaVirus link. Night buses and 'Breeze' countyside services will be suspended until further notice.

Please note: From the 15th April, it is recommended that if you have to use cash, then please tender the correct amount, as the bus company will no longer give change (nor will Metrobus).

Stagecoach are mostly running either an hourly or half hourly service, in Worthing, Littlehampton and to Brighton (including the 17).
The 30 minute Stagecoach 700 timetable is attached click here.

The Big Lemon services have now been influenced by the virus. So, from the 1st April, the dedicated service 16 has been replaced by extending the 47 beyond Sainsbury's, to the Health Centre and Boundary Road. On the 47 & 52: To safeguard peak-time+ services, there is now a gap- when no services will run, between about 11.45am and 3pm. Sunday service 57 will run 2-hourly throughout the day. For futher details click here. or phone 01273 681681.

Metrobus- south and mid Sussex The service 23 and 270 are running every two hours- but no service on Sundays. The service 271 & 272 timetables were updated on the 25th April. Due to low usage the 273 has been temporarily withdrawn. See the Metrobus website for this, and Crawley/Horsham etc. services. Also on the 25th April, Crawley services 10 & 20 were revised.

On Compass Travel services. From Monday 11th May: In addition to the Brighton service 37 running hourly- at 20 past the hour from Meadowview, and on the hour (00) from Bristol Estate; a new short service 37B will run- between Meadowview, Southover Street, and Brighton Station- Click here for timetable, or click here for Compass Travel's Corona pages.
The good news continues: There has been a limited restoration of the service 19, from 9th April. This operates as two return journeys on Monday and Thursday only, at 8.28 and 11.53am from Shoreham Beach. Returning from Holmbush at 11.30 and 2.45pm. Concessionary tickets will be valid, on all journeys.

Less good news: Many of Compass Travel's West Sussex services are suspended until further notice, including 8, 12, 30, 52, 62, 64, 69, 71, 89 and 106. Suspensions in East Sussex could be deeper, with services 121, 122, 123, 125, 126, 128, 129, 143, 145, 166/7/8 all suspended. However, it is recognised this will cause problems, to a number of East Sussex residents, so CTLA has been contracted to provide an enhanced emergency dial a ride service- for those affected. Call 01273 517332 for further details. Concessionary passes should be usable.
Please note: the 126 no longer runs, and from 14th April- roadworks in Alfriston will prevent the 119 running through the village, and so it will become a Seaford only service.
However- good news- Compass Travel services 19, 31A/C, 33, 35A/C, 37, 39, 66A/C, 67, 100, 119, 127 and Worthing service 7 & 16, should all run, often on modified timetables. Although the 100 will not be running between Pulborough and Steyning.

CTLA: 131, 132, 145, and Cuckmere bus services are no longer running, although passengers can often use the enhanced dail-a-ride services (01273 517332).

The Brighton and Hove Bus Company (and many other operators) have generously temporarily abolished the 9/9.30am restriction for older people and Disabled pass holders. Allowing 24 hour usage on their buses, to make it easier for vulnerable passengers to shop etc.

As far as possible, we will also try to keep you up to date on this website.

For some older views on Valley Gardens click here.

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.

Our group still has concerns over Brighton Council's Valley Gardens proposals

For some views on the Valley Gardens scheme please click here.

Click here- for the January 2020 newsletter

Click here- for the December 2019 newsletter

Click here- for the November 2019 newsletter

Click here- for our October 2019 newsletter

Click here- for our September 2019 newsletter
(including news on super hybrid buses).

Click here- for our August 2019 newsletter

Click here- for our July 2019 newsletter

Click here- for our June 2019 newsletter (normal size)

For some of our older stories (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