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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 the bus User group's July and August 2021 newsletter-

This report includes:-
  • Brighton & Hove City Council’s Active Travel Fund rejects suggestions for new bus lanes
  • Park & Ride trial at Mill Road in 2022?
  • More opportunities to get out and about by bus this summer.

Coronavirus update:
Under the latest government regulations, major changes were made to facilitate even easier access to bus services. At one time travel was restricted to 'essential' travel only; now everyone is welcome to travel, for any purpose. Remaining seating restrictions have been lifted, and standing is now allowed- so capacity is back to pre-covid levels. Most companies expect passengers to still wear masks (with medical exemptions). Windows are to be kept open, and enhanced cleaning has been maintained.
All our information is thought to be correct as of 7th September 2021.

Brighton & Hove Bus Co. : This year, the Autumn changes to Brighton & Hove services have been staggered.
Many school services resumed on the 3rd September, with the main change occurring on the 5th September. Services 1/1A, 6, 18, 21/21A & 23 received revised timetables. The 6 getting a peak-time boost, the 23 increasing to every 30 minutes, and the N1 will gain return journeys from Mile Oak to Brighton (hourly). However the service 1/1A, will lose its Covid enhancements and services 13X and 77 will return to their Winter timetables.
From the 19th September will see enhanced University services return. The 25 will run from the Old Steine to the University every 6 minutes. While both the 25X and N25 will return to a 10 minute service.
The bus company has introduced a new all-encompassing app, a how full is my bus' app, and a 'when2Travel' app. 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!
Click here for Brighton & Hove's main website.

Stagecoach: Covering the area between Littlehampton, Worthing, and Brighton.
Click here for the new 700 timetable, from 20th June 21.
The N700 has restarted. This will run from Brighton at 0035, 1.35, 2.35 & 3.35am on Friday and Saturday nights; Returning from Worthing at 2345, then hourly until 2.45am. The N700 is no longer included on the normal 700 timetable, so you will need to look up the 'N700' timetable. Click here-for the Stagecoach website.

The Big Lemon: The bus company is receiving four new 'Higer' electric buses, which are being entered into 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

Compass Travel, now has a 'track your bus' app. From the 31st August, Compass Travel revised the service 31 timetable, and reintroduced school buses. However it will now allow non-pupils on most of these services. There were also minor changes to a number of other services (but not the 37/37A).
Click here for the Compass Travel's website.

CTLA & Cuckmere bus services: are no longer listed here. To contact them, phone 01273 517332.

This is not the right occasion to include additional concerns about franchising.

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 June 2021 newsletter

Click here- for the May 2021 newsletter

Click here- for the April 2021 newsletter

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

For some of our previous newsletters (click here):

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 & 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).

 

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

 

above: Compass Bus service

 

above: Big Lemon CIC bus

 

above: Brighton & Hove Bus