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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.

Click here- for Buswatch's January 2021 newsletter-

Coronavirus update:
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.

On Compass Travel services: .
Click here for the Compass Travel's website.

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.

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

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

Click here- for the November/December 2020 newsletter

Click here- for the October 2020 newsletter

Click here- for the September 2020 newsletter

Click here- for the July/August 2020 newsletter

Click here- for the June 2020 newsletter

N.B. Due to keeping you upto date live, there was no separate April or May 2020 newsletter.

Click here- for the March 2020 newsletter

Click here- for the February 2020 newsletter

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).

 

Photos:
top left: Brighton & Hove bus etc.
top right: Stagecoach bus

 

above: Compass Bus service

 

above: Big Lemon CIC bus

 

above: Brighton & Hove Bus