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Picture above: Brighton & Hove Buses showing their support for the NHS.

For Buswatch's March 2020 newsletter - click here.

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 also try to keep you up to date on our 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, most bus companies are running a Sunday service.

Brighton & Hove Bus Co. : New timetable from 18th May. To maintain distancing, we welcome the main bus company increasing 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 (uploaded 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 So, from the 1st April, the dedicated service 16 has been replaced by extending the 47 beyond Sainsbury's, to the Health Centre and Boundary Road.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.