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.
This report includes:-
- More Evening buses- from 13th June.
- New bus app launched.
- Martin Harris to retire.
- Proposed new Aldi superstore, is bad for buses.
Staff and bus companies should be praised for maintaining a service,
under difficult conditions.
Government restrictions further eased from the 17th May.
At one time travel was restricted to 'essential' travel only.
Now everyone is welcome to travel, for any purpose.
While a few restrictions on seating are retained (e.g. no standing), you may find someone sitting next to you, when the bus
becomes busy. However, this does mean your bus is far less likely to say 'Sorry we are full'.
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 28th 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. : Brighton & Hove
Bus Company services have returned to near 'normal' (perhaps 96%+) service. A Sunday service will run on Bank holiday Mondays.
While many social distancing restrictions have been reduced; School services are even more relaxed,
but will only be open to school pupils.
The 13X restarted on the 26th March- 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 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.
Click here for Brighton & Hove's main website.
After criticism of the previous app, the bus company has introduced a new all-encompassing app.
For the 'how full is my bus' app click here. Also a
'when2Travel' app, is 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 to Saturdays and/or Sundays services.
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.
Further afield: The Littlehampton to Portsmouth service 700 (which also had its timetable updated on the 4th April),
will increasingly be served by buses with a new Yellow livery.
Click here-for the Stagecoach website.
The Big Lemon: For the latest information, see the the Big Lemon website,
or phone 01273 681681.
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.
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 &
- 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
- 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).
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