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East Sussex Credit Union young savers can save 10% on CitySaver and NetworkSaver annual bus tickets

Learn more on the East Sussex Credit Union (ESCU) website about this discount for CitySaver and NetworkSaver annual tickets on Brighton & Hove Buses for ESCU young savers.

Breeze out of Brighton on the Bus

There’s an exciting new brochure highlighting bus services between the city and the South Downs and other leisure attractions.  

Produced in partnership with Brighton & Hove Buses - and with input from the South Downs National Park and National Trust – the brochure contains details for the buses to Devil’s Dyke, Stanmer Park and Ditchling Beacon, which are partly council-funded.

The brochure also has a map showing all the exciting places that you can reach by bus from the city, plus suggested walks and things to do.  Wakehurst Place, Drusillas Zoo and Steyning are just some of the many interesting destinations featured. 

Brighton & Hove Buses will be publishing a new edition of the Breeze out of Brighton on the Bus brochure twice a year, in partnership with the council’s communications team.

Changes to the Number 16 from 17 June 2019

Bus service 16 provides a link between Hangleton & Knoll and Portslade town centre.  The service is run by The Big Lemon under contract to the council. 

Since 29 April The Big Lemon have been trialling a flexible service in Hangleton, serving all bus stops in the area on request, with a fixed route through the Knoll Estate and Portslade town centre.  The aim of this trial was to try and appeal to a wider audience in the area and make the service more convenient for residents, allowing pick-ups and drop-offs closer to people's homes.

The city council and The Big Lemon have been listening to passenger feedback during this trial and it has become clear that residents prefer a fixed route and timetable, as before, largely because the flexible service required them to book their journey in advance. In, addition, due to the hybrid nature of the service, there have been technical difficulties registering the service appropriately with the licensing authorities, and so the decision has been taken to revert to a fixed route and timetable, with no need to book.

For these reasons we are changing back to the standard 16 route and published timetable, starting on Monday 17 June.  Apart from most journeys leaving later from Portslade, the majority of passengers will find that their bus runs at the same time as now.

Having listened to the views of the Hangleton & Knoll community and regular passengers, we believe that the new fixed timetable will be welcomed. 

Updated timetables will be available on the number 16 bus and at www.thebiglemon.com

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Brighton & Hove Buses’ New Ticket Scanners

Brighton & Hove Buses are keen to make sure all their customers know about new ticket scanning arrangements, and the help that is available.  Here is the information the company has provided:

New ticket machines are now being fitted onto all our Brighton & Hove buses which will greatly improve the overall customer experience.

The new machines will now enable customers to scan their paper tickets bought from the driver, their M Tickets as well as still being able to scan their Keycards and concessionary passes.

Customers will now also have the added convenience of all the ticket machines being situated in the same place.

The machines are now all situated next to the driver and below the cab screen- regardless of bus type.

Whilst for the majority of our customers these are positive changes, we also recognise that some customers may require a little extra assistance to enable their independent travel.

Some customers may be unable to scan their passes and concessionary cards, for varying reasons, examples of which may include passengers with sight impairments not able to see the new position of the ticket machine, or customers unable to use their hands.

Be assured drivers will be offering assistance to any customer unable to scan their card. This may include the driver scanning the card on the customers behalf, or if required, accepting a concessionary card as a flash pass as long as its in date and the picture matches the likeness on the card.

Do let our staff know if assistance is required and we will endeavour to help where and when we can.

Anyone requiring any further information can contact us by:

Telephone us on 01273 886200,  E-mail us at info@buses.co.uk, Facebook/brightonbuses,Twitter@BrightonHoveBus, SMS for passengers with a hearing impairment on: 07583 051915, or

speak to us in person at:

1 Stop Travel

26 North St

Brighton

BN1 1EB

Proposed removal of Roedean School bus stop

We would like to hear your views about a proposal to remove the westbound A259 ‘Roedean School’ bus stop on safety grounds. This is the stop opposite Roedean School heading towards Brighton. The council is gathering comments in order to make an informed decision which takes in to account the views of everyone who may be interested.

Learn more and share your views

Children travel for free on Brighton & Hove Buses services.

Children can travel for free on Brighton & Hove Buses every weekend between now and Christmas Day, starting on Saturday the 25th November and ending on Christmas Eve. For five weekends in the run up to Christmas the bus company is offering free bus journeys for up to three children under the age of 16 or Bus ID holders who are accompanied by an adult into the city in a bid to reduce congestion caused by cars at such a busy time of year for shopping.

Brighton & Hove Buses Managing Director Martin Harris said "We want to help people to leave their cars at home and opt for public transport in order to reduce congestion on our streets. A full bus can take 75 cars off the road which frees up our roads to reduce emissions. We also want to thank our customers for bearing with us during the recent diversions of city centre services while roadworks took place. We know this was a tough time for some of you and we want to thank you for your patience."

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.

An 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 then be operated by The Big Lemon (from Sunday 17 September). 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, visit the Traveline website.

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 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 £17.50, Individual tickets are £9.00 per adult and £7.20 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 2233, Brighton & Hove Buses on 01273 886200 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950.

Bus service changes from January 2018

Read the full details of all changes to local bus services that are planned to take effect during or after January 2018.  The changes mainly affect commercial bus routes operated by Brighton & Hove Buses and Sussex Coaches.

New contracts for council-funded bus services started in September.  Since then we have been working with the operators to monitor timetable performance and to consider comments and suggestions from customers.  As a result, there will also be changes to the following council-funded services from 14 January:

The Big Lemon routes 16, 16A, 47, 52, 56, 56E, 57, 66

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 14 January will be published in a new edition of Bus Times, which will be widely available from early January.  Full timetables can also be found on the Traveline website or on bus operators’ websites.

If you have any questions, or need further information, please 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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