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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 April 2021 newsletter-

This report includes:-
  • Valley Gardens is looking good, but bus stop displays are still not available.
  • Full buses and how to avoid them.
  • Take the bus for a ride – a brief guide to some of the many scenic opportunities available.
  • Another appeal for supporters.

Coronavirus update:
Staff and bus companies should be praised for maintaining a service, under difficult conditions. From 8th March- normal restrictions on Concessionary passes resumed.
Please note: It is mandatory for almost all passengers to wear mouth/nose coverings on any public transport. Drivers could choose to restrict access; but if enforced by the police, passengers could face a £200 fine.

All our information is thought to be correct as of 3rd May 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 the 7th March, Brighton & Hove Bus Company services have returned to near 'normal' (perhaps 95%+) service. From 26th March the 13X has restarted- Running every half hour on Sundays, via Beachy Head. Although you will need a Network Saver to use the service. The bus company has also (from 11th April) launched its extended summer 'Brighton City Sightseeing' buses- running hourly every day. Unfortunately no Saver tickets can be used on the service; but if you buy a ticket, you effectively also get a network Saver free. A 10% discount is given for local residents and holders of Saver or Metrobus tickets.

While most services retain strict social distancing restrictions; the restrictions on School services are more relaxed, but will only be open to school pupils. Some conventional bus journeys have been redesignated as School journeys, and so will have restricted entry. A Sunday service will run on Bank holidays.
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. A 'when2Travel' app is now available. If you pay by Apple phone, Apple Express is also now available. But keep your phone separate from debit cards, or the system may not know which to charge!

Stagecoach: Covering the area between Littlehampton, Worthing, and Brighton.
From the 4th April 2021- Services 1, 5, 7, 9, 17, 700 and Pulse- saw improvements on Saturdays and/or Sundays. Both the 700 and the Pulse, have seen Saturday services improved to run every 12 minutes.
Click here for the new 700 timetable, from 4th April.
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: While not often mentioning Crawley, but from 17th April the service 3 saw its frequency restored. For the latest information click here- for the Metrobus website.

On Compass Travel services: From 8th March changes were made to service 33, in Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, and Hurstpierpoint.
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 March 2021 newsletter

Click here- for the February 2021 newsletter

Click here- for the January 2021 newsletter

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).


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


above: Compass Bus service


above: Big Lemon CIC bus


above: Brighton & Hove Bus