Bob Hodges Transport DVDs

Buses in Brighton, Hove & West Sussex

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Brighton, Hove, Worthing, Chichester, Crawley, Horsham, East Grinstead, Haywards Heath.

There are four major bus operators in Brighton, Hove and the county of West Sussex. Stagecoach South has depots in Chichester and Worthing and has many routes in the western half of the county. Go-Ahead Metrobus dominates the eastern half of the county from it's base in Crawley. Crawley is notable for it's sections of guided busway which can be seen in this video.

The city of Brighton and Hove is served by Go-Ahead Brighton & Hove, the descendant of Brighton Corporation, Brighton, Hove & District and the Brighton area of Southdown Motor Services. Today many of the bus fleets are in a red and cream livery, similar to the old Brighton Corporation colours, although quite a new buses are in all over advertising liveries or in route branding colours such as green for the route 12 'Coaster' which goes to Seaford and Eastbourne and a 'Regency' scheme for routes 28 and 29 that serve Lewes and Tunbridge Wells. In 2019/2020 Brighton and Hove took delivery of 54 Alexander-Dennis Enviro400ER hybrid buses, the ER stands for extended range, having more battery power than previous hybrids, these are in a pale blue livery with a dark blue skirt which is a representation of the city's skyline. Brighton & Hove also have a number (about 20) of ex-London Mercedes-Benz Citaro bendybuses, these run on route 25 to the universities at Falmer. 

The other main operator in West Sussex is Compass Bus whose headquarters are at West Durrington, near Worthing. Compass Bus has routes all over the county and also runs in to Surrey and East Sussex. They have one route in Brighton - the city buzz, and otherwise have strong presence in Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill. Their fleet numbers about 85 buses and coaches, almost all single deckers including a large number of Alexander-Dennis Darts and Enviro200's of varying lengths. There is a small coach fleet and 3 double deckers which are used for school contracts. Other operators include Arriva who have a service from Guildford to Horsham, Southdown PSV who operate in Crawley and East Grinstead. The Big Lemon is a community interest company that operates five routes in the Brighton area. Currently there are seventeen buses in the fleet which consists mainly of Optare Solos, six of which are battery-electric, the company has more electric buses on order and is aiming for an all electric fleet as soon as possible. Another small operator is Sussex Buses which has a couple of routes in the Horsham area. West Sussex is highly populated along the coast with several large towns inland, there are also many rural villages that have bus services connecting them to centres of population, this makes for a wide variety of buses and operating conditions which can be seen on this video.

Subtitles, no commentary, enjoy the sights and sounds of buses in Brighton, Hove and West Sussex.


Produced by - Bob Hodges Transport DVD's
Running time - 70 Minutes
Format - 16:9 Widescreen PAL (UK)
DVD only
Released - August 2021

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