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Investment agreed for Supported Bus Services

Release date: Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Nineteen bus routes will continue to be supported thanks to £150,000 additional investment by Brighton & Hove City Council.

Councillors agreed to protect all of the city’s supported bus network for the next four years at a recent meeting of the Policy, Resources & Growth Committee. The money, part of an underspend on concessionary bus fares, will offset savings agreed in the February budget.

New four year contracts have now been awarded to  Brighton & Hove Buses and the Big Lemon to run the routes which include eight school routes across the city, buses to outlying local communities that are not commercially viable, an extension of some commercial routes to operate during the evening or weekends, and the ‘Breeze Up’ countryside bus that runs from the city out to the Downs.

A existing contract for the 37, held by Compass Travel, runs until April 2018.  In the meantime the council will undertake a procurement exercise to ensure Routes 37 and 37B have a sustainable long-term future.

Routes 16/66, 47/52, 56 and 57 which are currently operated by Compass Travel will, from Sunday 17 September be operated by The Big Lemon. There will be some timetable changes related to this and passengers are advised to check online before they travel.

Lead councillor for transport, councillor Gill Mitchell, said: “I am pleased we have been able to protect all of these routes which are often a lifeline for local communities to connect people to the city.

“We are also providing a small number of improvements that residents asked for, such as better connections in the east of the city between Ovingdean, Rottingdean and Saltdean through the 47 route serving Ovingdean during the day.”

Routes to be supported also include buses serving Portslade and links to Brighton Station, the Marina and the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

The current contracts end on Saturday 16 September with new contracts starting on Sunday 17 September. Total budget for supported bus services is just over £1m.

Brighton & Hove City Council regularly consults residents, community groups, ward councillors and user groups on bus services, as well as the bus companies that serve the city.

For Brighton & Hove Buses timetables including the council-supported school services 72, 74, 75, 76, 76A, 91, 95 & 95A, the Breeze Services  77, 78 & 79 and an extension of the 21 service to serve Goldstone Valley go to http://www.buses.co.uk/servicelisting.shtml

For Big Lemon timetables go to https://thebiglemon.com/buses/ These are expected to be updated with the council-supported services – the 16/66, 47/52, 56 and 57.

For the Compass timetable including the council-supported services 37 and 37B go to https://www.compass-travel.co.uk/compass-timetables/bus-timetables/

Sunday Buses to Henfield & Horsham Saved!

The Sunday bus service between Brighton, Henfield, Partridge Green, Cowfold and Horsham has been taken over by Sussex Coaches.

Sussex Coaches will be operating Sunday route 17 commercially, with the new service starting on 17 September 2017.

Full details of times for the number 17 on Sundays can be found at www.facebook.com/17bus

To plan any journey and find timetables, just go to www.traveline.info/se

 

Autumn 2017 Bus Service Changes

Changes to local bus services are planned for September 2017. The changes mainly affect commercial bus routes operated by Brighton & Hove Buses and Compass Travel.

Many council-funded bus services are, at the time of writing, subject to tendering:  as such there may be changes to these services at a later date.  We will update you as soon as any further information is available.

Please follow this link for full details of all the changes to bus services.

 We would welcome any comments you would like to make on the planned bus service changes, or any other public transport issues.  Your comments will be taken into consideration when reviewing the bus services which the council funds, and will also be passed on to the relevant company if they are about commercial services.

Timetables for all services from 17 September will be published in the Autumn 2017 edition of Bus Times, which will be widely available from early September.  Full timetables can also be found at www.traveline.info/se or on bus operators’ websites.

 If you have any questions, or need further information, please email transport.projects@brighton-hove.gov.uk

 

Spring 2017 Bus Service Changes

Changes to local bus services are planned for April 2017.  The changes mainly affect commercial bus routes operated by Brighton & Hove Buses, Compass Travel, Metrobus and Stagecoach.  There are also changes to the following council-funded bus routes:

 •        Brighton & Hove Buses routes 77, 78 and 79

•        Compass routes 37 (most of this service will now be funded by the council), 56, 56E

Please follow this link for full details of all the changes to bus services

We would welcome any comments you would like to make on the planned bus service changes, or any other public transport issues.  Your comments will be taken into consideration when reviewing the bus services which the council funds, and will also be passed on to the relevant company if they are about commercial services.

Full, updated timetables for all services will be published in the Summer 2017 edition of Bus Times, which will be widely available from mid-April.  Full timetables can also be found at www.traveline.info/se or on bus operators’ websites.

If you have any questions, or need further information, please email transport.projects@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

Helping Hand

Helping Hand is a scheme that allows bus passengers who may need extra help to ask - discreetly, directly and quickly - by showing a basic instruction card to the driver when boarding the bus. The scheme was launched in September 2014.

The free card is yellow and the size of a credit card. Some examples of messages that it can carry include:

  • Please wait until I am seated
  • Call out my requested stop
  • Lower the ramp and step
  • Pushchair can’t be folded
  • Requires priority seating

The card can be used to indicate to the driver an unlimited range of other needs – for example, that assistance might be needed because of epilepsy, Alzheimer’s or dementia – and there is also  space for emergency contact details.

The Helping Hand cards are designed to help improve customer experience for those who may benefit from additional assistance. The ethos is 'We want to help our drivers to help you.'

Cards are administered by Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company and Metrobus. The scheme is also supported by other local bus operators, including The Big Lemon, Compass Travel, Stagecoach and thesussexbus.com.

To apply for a free Helping Hand card, you can ask for an application form to be posted to you out by calling Brighton & Hove Buses’ customer services team on 01273 886200, or you can complete the online Helping Hand online application form.

You can also pick the application forms  up at:

  • Brighton1 Stop Travel, 26 North Street, Brighton BN1 1EB
  • HoveHead Office, 43 Conway Street, Hove, BN3 3LT

Go to Brighton & Hove  Buses’ website for further information.

The New Discovery Ticket

The new Discovery ticket gives you the freedom to explore everything the region has to offer by bus, with unlimited travel across the South Downs National Park – and far beyond! From rambling and sports events to browsing local markets or enjoying picnics with amazing views, there are plenty of great days out in the region. And what better way to get there than by bus?

The new ticket can be bought on any local bus and will be accepted by bus companies for travel throughout East and West Sussex, Kent, Surrey and East Hampshire - simply hop on and hop off as you please!

The price of the family version of the Discovery ticket is £16. Individual tickets are £8.50 per adult and £7 per child. To find out more visit www.discoveryticket.co.uk

 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.ukwww.travelinesoutheast.org.uk or www.nationalrail.co.uk  Alternatively, you can phone traveline on 0871 200 22 33, Brighton & Hove Buses on 01273 886200 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950.

Previous news and updates

Bus services funded by the city council

Contracts for the existing services expire in September 2016. Please follow this link for full details: Review of Supported Bus Services August 2015 (PDF 176KB).

Since Autumn 2015 we have been considering the options for replacement services and this work is continuing.  We asked local individuals, communities and organisations to tell us their thoughts and experiences of using the services, to inform that process and help prioritise the limited funding available.  Here are links to summaries of the responses received:

Network Review - Overview of responses (PDF 124kb) and Network Review - Summary of responses (PDF 546kb).

If you have any questions, or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact Richard Johnson in the Public Transport Team on 01273 292480 or email transport.projects@brighton-hove.gov.uk

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 £3.30 for a day’s bus travel to £290 for a whole year of unlimited city bus journeys. For more information, go to www.buses.co.uk/tickets/plusbus.aspx.

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 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 or email local.transport@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

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