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Welcome to the Brighton Area Buswatch website:

For the latest post Corona Virus information- see below.

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

Click here- for our latest May/June '24 Buswatch newsletter-

Our latest Buswatch Newsletter includes:-
  • Service 1X starts, and other service changes.
  • Bus lane consultation.
  • Also Big improvements to the 273.
  • City Saver travel extended to Breeze up to the Downs services.
  • Big Lemon Woes.
  • Sustainable Seaford.
  • Summer services 11X and 13X.
  • Our next Buswatch public meeting in July.

Due to a technical issue, some people found downloading our previous newsletter difficult. Apologies for this. So please find another opportunity to read/download our March-April newsletter.

Click here- for our March/April'24 Buswatch newsletter-

This included:-
  • New service 701, from Eastbourne
  • More frequent service on 7 & 49 routes.
  • New service 1X likely.
  • Electric buses are coming to a major bus route.
  • Coaster buses arrived, North Street closed etc.

Post Coronavirus update: It is passengers' choice whether to wear a mask, or not. However, safety enhancements such as keeping windows open, and enhanced cleaning; have been maintained.

To find Brighton Buswatch's Facebook page- Click here.
For an excellent place to find up to the minute Transport information, for an extended Newhaven area, see Nash's facebook page.

Good news: Update: The promotional £2 maximum single fare, has been extended until at least 31st December 2024.

All our information is thought to be correct to 8th July 2024.

Brighton & Hove Bus Co. : Exciting news: A new cross city service '1X' will be introduced on 7th July 24. Replacing the 1A, this will offer a fast limited stop service from Mile Oak to Brighton Marina. The remaining service 1 will be upgraded to be almost as frequent as the current combined service 1/1A. The same date will see changes to the service 2, 21, 71 & 73 (mostly updating the timetable to improve reliability, due to increased congestion). Although the service 2 will see a later journey to Rottingdean.
As well as the £2 maximum single fare (now extended to December), there is a maximum £5 unlimited travel fare, within the city (including cash fares), and special offers for people under 19. If you use Tap-on, Tap-off; then the cost of the second and subsequent days 'Saver' ticket is reduced, within that week. This makes it cheaper than 'The Key' daily fare, and sometimes cheaper than the 24-hour fare on the app!
Although if you want to make use of a £5 ticket in East Sussex you must use the B&H app.

Brighton & Hove has its all encompassing app. While Apple Express (on iPhones) is available; but please keep your phone separate from debit cards, or the system may not know which one to charge!
Click here for Brighton & Hove's main website.

Stagecoach: Covering the area between Littlehampton, Worthing, and Brighton.
There is news of a new service 701 from Eastbourne- via the Lewes Bypass- to Brighton. Serving the Lewes Road and Newhaven.
Click here-for the Stagecoach website.

The Big Lemon: Services 16, 47 & 52 paper timetables are now available from One Stop Travel, in North Street, Brighton. For the latest information, visit the Big Lemon website. or phone 01273 681681.

Metrobus, south and mid Sussex:
The big news is from 21st May 24, the service has been upgraded, and now basically offers a fast hourly service between Crawley and Brighton (Old Steine), Monday to Saturday. With a new Sunday service. It has been made limited stop within Brighton (south of Carden Avenue). And only certain journeys will serve Hickstead and Bolney (to further speed up the service), but Hurstpierpoint and Handcross (serving Nymans Gardens) are still served. Often taking less than an hour between Crawley and Brighton, this is nearly 40 minutes quicker than using the 271, and should greatly encourage usage.
For the latest information click here- for the Metrobus website.

Compass Travel: Earlier this year, Compass Travel saw a number of its services in East Sussex enhanced, using BSIP money. As with other operators, you can travel further for the maximum price of a £2 single ticket. The service 37/37B timetable is now available from One Stop Travel, in North Street. Click here for the Compass Travel's website.

CTLA & Cuckmere bus services: Click here for their website Or phone 01273 517332.
We do not generally list changes to Cuckmere bus services. However please find the timetable for Cuckmere Valley weekend Ramblerbus, which runs until 27th October.

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.

Click here- for the Jan-Feb 2024 newsletter (very large file)

Click here- for the December 2023 newsletter

Click here- for the September to November 2023 newsletter

Click here- for the May to August 2023 newsletter

Click here- for the March/April 2023 newsletter

Click here- for the February 2023 newsletter

Click here- for the January 2023 newsletter

Click here- for the November/December 2022 newsletter

Click here- for the October 2022 newsletter

For some of our previous newsletters (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