Since the independent transport videos cameras last visited Brighton in 2017 to record the bus scene a lot has happened! The most important change is the introduction of a fleet of Alexander Dennis (ADL) Enviro 400ER ‘electric’ double-deckers. Painted in a smart two-tone teal blue livery the initial batch of thirty vehicles is seen in service on this programme. Shortly after filming a further similar batch of twenty-four buses entered service in the city. The Brighton & Hove fleet is part of the GoAhead group and is the main operator in the city and surrounding area with their service 12 operating along the coast as far as Eastbourne. Other operators seen on this programme are Stagecoach South, appearing in Brighton and Stagecoach East Kent seen in the Eastbourne section. Metrobus, another GoAhead subsidiary is also seen operating in Brighton and Compass Bus (Compass Travel) with their ‘CityBuzz’ brand. The Big Lemon is also present with their small fleet of electric buses.
This DVD was filmed over two visits, in September and October 2020 and takes place mostly in Brighton with a brief visit to Seaford and concludes at Eastbourne. Our filming in Brighton features a good number of locations including Old Steine, Castle Square, North Street, Churchill Square, Queens Road, St Georges Place, Gloucester Place, Marlborough Place and York Place. During our October visit we take three rides on Brighton & Hove’s electric buses. Firstly travelling on 318 (YX69 NWF) to Preston Drove on route 5 towards Patcham and from here we return on 320 (YX69 NWH) also on route 5 but heading towards Hangleton alighting at Churchill Square. The third ride is onboard 307 (YX69 NVS) operating route 5A towards Patcham alighting at York Place. From here we travel back to Old Steine on route 25X onboard 106 (BD57 WDE), a Mercedes-Benz Citaro articulated bus formally operated by GoAhead London.
The next part of our programme is filmed at Seaford in Clinton Place, Station Approach and Sutton Park Road. Here we see Brighton & Hove buses on the 12 group of services with both the dedicated green and blue ‘Coaster’ liveried Wright Streetdeck double-deckers and the red and cream Brighton & Hove buses helping out. Eastbourne is our final location that is the end of the route for service 12 from Brighton. Local and interurban services in the town are operated by Stagecoach East Kent. Our filming locations include Terminus Road, Cornfield Road and the Memorial Roundabout. Stagecoach have a good variety of buses in service, ranging from Plaxton-bodied Dennis Darts, ALX400-bodied Dennis Tridents as well as ADL and Scania Enviro400 double-deckers, including the MMC type, Enviro 200 and 300 single-deckers and Optare Solos. We also see Scania/ADL Enviro 400MMC 15329 (YN67 YLB) in the new local livery. We hope that you have enjoyed your visit to the Sussex coast and the experience of the new electric buses in Brighton – the beginning of the future!
Produced by - Independent Transport Videos
Duration - 82 minutes
Region - 0 (worldwide) PAL
Aspect Ratio - 16:9 Widescreen
Released - February 2021