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:-
In this month’s Buswatch News:
- A summary of our response to Brighton & Hove City Council’s Local Transport Plan 5 (LTP5)
- Coast Road night buses need to return soon
- East Sussex County Council’s Bus Service Improvement Plan
- Farewell to Martin Harris
We are pleased to announce that our public meetings with bus companies and Brighton & Hove City Council have resumed,
with the next meeting on Wednesday 12th January 2022, in Committee rooms 2 & 3 at Brighton Town Hall, Bartholomew Square.
It will start at 4.30pm and finish by 6.30pm. Numbers are limited so if you wish to attend please email Andrew on
Under government guidance; at one time travel was restricted to 'essential' travel only;
now everyone is encouraged to travel, for any reason.
Seating restrictions have been lifted, with standing permitted, so bus capacity has resumed 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. Bus services have stablised, so timetables rarely change.
Any staff shortages at bus companies are now easing.
All our information is thought to be correct as of 26th November 2021.
Brighton & Hove Bus Co. : The 5B journeys that continue to the University of Sussex,
now run via the Varley Halls, instead of Coldean village. In the run up to Christmas; the bus company is offering free travel,
for accompanied children, at weekends in December.
The bus company has introduced an all-encompassing app,
a 'how full is my bus' app, and a
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 one to charge!
Click here for Brighton & Hove's main website.
Stagecoach: Covering the area between Littlehampton, Worthing, and Brighton.
Click here for the 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: 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
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.
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