13 September 2017

Investment agreed for supported bus services

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/