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:-
It should be noted: This is not the right occasion to include additional concerns about franchising.
- Brighton & Hove City Council considers bus service franchising.
- Brighton & Hove City Council publishes its draft Local Transport Plan 5. Park & Ride is clearly not a priority.
- News from The Big Lemon.
- Opportunities for days out by bus, this summer.
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 i'm full'.
Normal restrictions on Concessionary passes have 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 1st July 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.
While many social distancing restrictions have been rescinded; School services could be even more relaxed,
but will only be open to school pupils.
From the middle of June, the bus company enhanced morning and/or evening services, on services 6, 14, 18, 22 & 48.
Although the summer timetable has seen the usual reduction in the University service 25; it also allows the service 77
to Devil's Dyke to run daily (until mid September), users also can reach Beachy Head (and Eastbourne) using the 13X,
and Tourist services are available.
Click here for Brighton & Hove's main website.
After criticism of the previous app, the bus company has introduced a new all-encompassing app. Also available is their
'how full is my bus' app click here, to find it; plus 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 20th June 2021-
Services 5 & 10 saw their daytime frequency restored to every 20 minutes.
Evening services on the 700 have also been improved, with the last bus back from Brighton at 11.50pm (2350)
Click here for the new 700 timetable, from 20th June 21.
However the N700 will remain suspended, until further notice.
Click here-for the Stagecoach website.
The Big Lemon: The bus company is currently receiving four new 'Higer' electric buses, which will soon be in service.
The Coach fleet has been merged with that of Seaford and district, to become Brighton Horizon Coaches;
as a separate, but linked company.
For the latest information, visit the the Big Lemon website,
or phone 01273 681681.
Metrobus, south and mid Sussex:
For the latest information click here- for the Metrobus website
On Compass Travel, now has a 'track your bus' app. From 7th June, there were minor changes to times on services
89, 119 & 123 (etc.), to improve reliability.
Click here for the Compass Travel's website.
CTLA & Cuckmere bus services: are no longer listed here. To contact them, phone 01273 517332.
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