Public transport news
- 'Breeze up to the Downs'
- New bus link between Universities and Rottingdean/Saltdean
- Changes to bus services are planned for September
- 52 bus route to be extended
- New Sunday Bus Service to Ditchling Village and Crawley
- Disruption to Bus and Rail Services
- Temporary technical issue with new concessionary bus passes
Previous news and updates
- Escape to the South Downs for free this summer
- Brand new expanded travel shop of 1 Stop Travel opening on 11 December 2012
- Bus Services Funded by Brighton & Hove City Council
- Spring and Summer Bus Service Changes
- Stagecoach 700: Improved Sunday Service from 5 May
- Autumn 2012 Bus Service Changes
- Council subsidised bus routes
- New PLUSBUS gives massive savings on combined rail & bus travel!
Changes to bus services are planned for September.
- View details of changes to Brighton & Hove Bus Company’s services
- View details of changes to council-funded services 16 & 66 (Compass); 52 (The Big Lemon) and 72, 74, 77, 78, 79, 81C, 91 and 96 (Brighton & Hove Buses).
The council’s public transport team will be pleased to receive your comments on bus service changes, or any other public transport issues. Comments will be taken into account when reviewing the bus services which the council funds, and will also be passed on to the relevant company if they concern commercial services.
Full timetables for all services will be published in the Autumn/Winter edition of Bus Times, which will be widely available from early September. Full timetables will also be found at www.traveline.info or on bus operators’ websites.
52 bus route to be extended
The route of the 52 bus, which is the only service to Ovingdean and Downs Valley Road in Woodingdean, is to be extended. The changes to the route and timetable will happen on 16 September.
Following the recent consultation with residents in Woodingdean and Ovingdean, all the 52s will now travel on to the city centre, serving the Royal Sussex County Hospital, the Old Steine area, and (at peak commuter times) Brighton Station. To make this possible, the frequency of the buses will change to every 90 minutes, instead of every hour. The 52 bus route will continue to serve Brighton Marina, except during the morning peak.
Residents were asked their views on three options; to provide peak time buses to the city centre with two continuing to the station, with no buses to the Marina at peak times; all journeys provided to the city centre, with some peak time buses also continuing to the station which would mean services every 90 minutes instead of every hour and not serving the Marina in the morning peak; or no change.
The results were as follows: 31% chose the option of peak time buses to the city centre; 37% opted for every bus to go to the city centre, but with reduced frequency and 32% voted for no change. This means that of the 242 people who responded, two thirds voted for the route to be extended.
The Big Lemon took over the contract for the 52 bus route, which is funded by Brighton & Hove City Council, in September 2012. Here is a link to a preview of the new timetable from 16 September.
New Sunday Bus Service to Ditchling Village, Cuckfield, Staplefield and Crawley from 26 May 2013
Starting Sunday 26 May, Metrobus service 271 will offer a new link between the city and Ditchling Village. Running every 2 hours on Sundays and Bank Holidays, the 271 will also serve Clayton, Burgess Hill, Cuckfield, Staplefield and Crawley. For full details please visit www.metrobus.co.uk/new271
Stagecoach 700: Improved Sunday Service from 5 May
From 5 May Sunday buses will be more frequent on the 700 route (Brighton to Worthing, Littlehampton and Portsmouth) and there will be changes to the weekday timetable to improve reliability. For full details please follow this link: http://www.stagecoachbus.com/serviceupdatedetails.aspx?Id=7221
The Big Lemon Service 52: Woodingdean – Ovingdean – Brighton Marina
Many people tell us they would like the 52 bus route to take them nearer to the hospital, city centre and train station as they find changing buses difficult or inconvenient. We are now consulting on three options for the 52 route - go to our 52 bus route page for more information and to give us your views.
Spring and Summer Bus Service Changes
- Brighton & Hove Buses: Planned changes to services from 21 April ’13.
- Changes to Council-Funded Bus Services: view proposed timetable changes to service 52; details of minor changes to services 56, 57 and school service 95, plus Breeze up to the Downs news. The service 57 alterations include some significant changes to the Compass Bus commercial section.
- Other Planned Service Changes: find details of new weekend links to Sheffield Park Garden and the Bluebell Railway, operated by Compass Bus, plus minor changes to Stagecoach service 700.
- If you have any comments on bus service changes, please contact the Public Transport Team on (01273) 292480 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments will be taken into account when reviewing the bus services which the council funds, and will also be passed on to the relevant company if they concern commercial services.
- Full timetables for all services will be published in the summer edition of Bus Times, which will be widely available by mid April. Full timetables will also be found at www.buses.co.uk by 2 April for Brighton & Hove Buses, or at www.traveline.info
Disruption to Bus and Rail Services
In the event of bad weather or other problems, you can check how buses and trains are running at www.buses.co.uk or www.traveline.info or http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ Alternatively, you can phone traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or Brighton & Hove Buses on (01273) 886200 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950.
Autumn 2012 Bus Service Changes
Please view the details of:
- Council funded services from September 2012
- Brighton & Hove Buses Commercial Services from September 2012
- new and revised services between Brighton, Mid Sussex and Crawley operated by Countryliner and Metrobus.
Council-funded bus services just the ticket
New council-funded bus services started in September 2012 and passengers can use tickets across services provided by Brighton & Hove Buses, Compass and The Big Lemon.
The council has been working in partnership with local bus providers to enable passengers to get around conveniently and easily. It is also funding a number of bus services on routes that are not commercial but which provide a lifeline for those that use them, mostly in outlying areas.
All three operators of council-funded bus services are keen to make journeys as straightforward as possible. Cash fares will be in line with fares charged on the main bus routes. All Saver tickets can be used on services operated by the three companies.
This does not include the Key smart card because of technical difficulties, but Brighton & Hove Buses will continue to offer three month and one year paper versions of the saver ticket.
Councillor Ian Davey, chair of the city’s transport committee, said: “We are really pleased the bus service providers have agreed to enable passengers to use their tickets across services. We hope that it heralds the start of a new era of cooperation between the city council, all bus operators and the residents that will encourage even more people to use the excellent network provided by buses in the city.”
The only exceptions are that pre-purchased Savers will not be valid on school services 74 and 96, although Scholar passes issued by the council will be. Tickets issued on these services will only be valid for that service. Contracts for these services have been awarded for one year, so this arrangement helps to keep costs down.
All the other supported bus contracts are for four years. They include service 47 (now operated by Compass Travel) which travels from Brighton Station to East Saltdean and Service 52 which runs from Woodingdean to Brighton Marina, with connections to the city centre.
A contract was awarded to The Big Lemon to operate service 52 between Woodingdean and Brighton Marina. Service 47 provides a connection from Brighton Marina to people travelling to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, the city centre and Brighton Station.
Please follow this link for full details of what's on offer this Winter/Spring on the buses to Devil's Dyke, Stanmer Park and Ditchling Beacon.
Previous news and updates
Escape to the South Downs for free this summer
Leave the car at home and discover another way to travel to the South Downs this summer, with free and half price tickets for the Breeze Bus
All parents know the car journey horrors of being cramped in a stuffy space with fighting children, at the mercy of traffic. So this summer, the South Downs National Park Authority is working with Brighton and Hove City Council and Brighton and Hove Buses to offer parents the opportunity to discover another way of escaping to the South Downs.
The Breeze Bus offers an easy, fun alternative, where you can sail past traffic, spend quality time with the kids and even have a glass of wine with lunch! This summer, you and your family can ride the Breeze Bus to family favourites including Devil’s Dyke, Ditchling Beacon and Stanmer Park for FREE during National Parks Week (29th July – 4th August), and then at half price for the rest of the summer holidays. To download your voucher, and for more information on bus times and routes, visit www.southdowns.gov.uk/discover
Council subsidised bus routes
Seventeen loss-making bus routes in Brighton & Hove will be kept running by council subsidies. We have saved as many services as possible and less than 0.33% of the bus network in the city will be affected by these changes, despite severe government cuts.
Find out more about the recent decisions around bus routes funded by the council.
New PLUSBUS gives massive savings on combined rail & bus travel!
If you’re travelling to Brighton & Hove by train, you can throw in the freedom of the city’s bus network for an amazingly low price. Adding the local buses to your train ticket is around 50% cheaper than buying bus travel separately! Prices vary from £2 for a day’s bus travel to £250 for a whole year of unlimited city bus journeys. For more information, go to
When travelling to other towns and cities by train. you can also add their local bus networks to your train ticket too! For further details, go to www.plusbus.info
Bus Users UK
Bus Users UK is the new name for the National Federation of Bus Users, which has been representing bus passengers' interests since 1985. The new Bus Users website will tell you more about Bus Users UK, how to contact the local "Central Sussex" group - and membership.
Bus Times in large print
We can provide large print versions of "Brighton & Hove Bus Times" for visually impaired people. If you would like a copy please contact the Public Transport Team on (01273) 292480.
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