From Sunday 29 January, we are very pleased to announce more buses will be linking residents from the Bristol and Meadowview Estates with the city centre and local hospitals.
Funding from Brighton & Hove’s Bus Service Improvement Plan is being used to run additional 37 and 37B services on Sundays, operated by Compass Travel.
This means the same level of service will be provided during Sunday daytimes as it is on weekdays.
There will also be some minor weekday timing changes to improve reliability – and the 37B will now also serve Hartington Road at school finishing times, on its way to Meadowview.
The 37 stops at:
- Bristol Estate, Beresford Rd
- opp Royal Sussex County Hospital
- Kemp Town Shops
- Old Steine (Stop U)
- Imperial Arcade, Dyke Rd (Stop J)
- Brighton Station(Stop D)
- Brighton Station (Stop D)
- London Road, Shops (Stop B)
- Lewes Road, Sainsbury’s
- Lewes Road, opp Bus Garage
- Coombe Road, School
The full timetable can be found on the Compass Travel website.
Funded by the Department for Transport, the enhancements to these services are in line with our Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) objectives;
- to grow passenger numbers,
- increase bus passenger satisfaction levels and,
- improve bus reliability.
This will be the first of several planned improvements to supported services, with more on the way from April 2023.
The 37/37B serves communities with low car ownership levels, linking the Meadowview and Bristol estates with London Road, Brighton station, Brighton General Hospital, Royal Sussex County Hospital and the city centre.
Many passengers who work at the hospital trusts rely on this bus service to commute and all 37/37B buses are modern Euro 6 buses.
The BSIP is already helping to fund:
- Free travel by up to four children or young people aged 19 or under when accompanied by a fare paying adult or an adult concessionary pass holder. This offer applies at all times, but excludes night-time routes and journeys.
- 50p single journey tickets for unaccompanied children or young people under 19. This offer applies at off peak times only (after 6pm on school days), and any time on Saturdays, Sundays, Public Holidays and school holidays but excludes night time routes and journeys.
All bus operators are also running an offer from 1st January until 31st March 2023 where the cost of a single bus fare will be a maximum of £2.
This is part of a separate government scheme. Find out more information about the £2 flat fare on the Brighton & Hove Buses website.
An important route for residents
Councillor Steve Davis, Co-Chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability committee said: “I am really pleased we’ve been able to work with Compass Travel to support this bus route and the people who rely on it.
"Before the pandemic we had the highest number of bus users outside of London and if we can get back to, and eventually above those numbers, the health benefits will be really welcome.
“With the introduction of two fare offers for families and under 19s at the beginning of the year, we’re really starting to see the benefits of funding for our Bus Service Improvement Plan and I know there are more improvements on the way.
“We have an excellent bus network in the city but we want it to be even better.”
Encourage more people onto buses
Chris Chatfield, MD of Compass Travel said: “At Compass Travel we are always looking for ways to improve our bus services to encourage people to leave their cars at home.
“We are pleased to be working with Brighton & Hove City Council, using government BSIP funding, to improve the timetable for the 37/37B in Brighton.
“The improved Sunday service will hopefully encourage more people to use the bus for leisure at weekends and reduce congestion in the city.”