#WestSussBus - finding out your views on the buses

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How are your local buses doing?

We need your comments, opinions and suggestions.


We also need your photographs of buses going about their business in the county, to share on the #WestSussBus page.

Please send your pics to: westsussbus@westsussex.gov.uk


#WestSussBus will be around for at least a year (started in Spring 2022) - so please become a return visitor to #WestSussBus and air your views.


FINDING YOUR WAY around this page, please explore all areas! (click the links or scroll down):

'Forum'

'Ideas'

'Your feedback about buses'

'Create your own Bus Journal'


NOTE: on a mobile phone the 'quick poll' is at the foot of the page


What's it like to be a bus passenger in West Sussex in 2022? Help us create a comprehensive picture. TOP TIP - become a regular 'bus journal' contributor (either post your journal on this site - or send it directly to us at westsussbus@westsussex.gov.uk)


QUICK LINK - Click here if you'd just like to post a suggestion about bus services


What is #WestSussBus for?

We'd like to develop an ongoing dialogue with passengers, and later this year, we'll be establishing a Bus User & Stakeholder Forum and will be searching for a representative from the community of bus users.

Stagecoch bus passing a Compass bus stopped opposite the Cathedral in Chichester


Time to take part!

  • Tell us the things that you need for a better bus experience (choose 'Questions', below)
  • Think of an idea to improve local buses: all ideas are good ideas (choose 'Ideas', below)
  • Make suggestions about bus service (choose 'Forum', below)
  • Complete the Quick Polls and surveys that we'll be posting on this page
  • Join an online discussion (choose 'Forum', below)
  • Sign up to the #WestSussBus e-newsletter

or...

  • Post a regular 'bus journal', describing your experience of being a West Sussex bus user in 2022 (choose 'Bus Journal' below)

We've created a space for your own written, video or image based comments on local buses. Click here to create your very own 'bus journal'. Or just send in a nice video or a few pictures.

Remember, you don't need to write at all - you can submit your journal in images or videos if you prefer. Or add them to your written entry.

Post as regularly as you like.

If you have any questions about #WestSussBus - please contact us at westsussbus@westsussex.gov.uk

You can make your entry as long or short as you like and include the details you feel are relevant. Overheard speech is very useful (but not snooping into personal conversations!)


Green bus at Chichester bus station

A few ideas...

How about the things that are associated with bus travel. Not just the journey itself, for example:

  • Waiting at the bus stop - are your surroundings well looked after? Do you feel safe?
  • What are the bus stops like? Are they in good condition, well placed, have the right facilities?
  • Could your local bus stop be improved.
  • What facilities does a modern bus stop need?

Crawley Fastway bus

Feel free to think creatively...

We'd like to gather your ideas - reasonable, realistic and slightly more visionary - and see what can be done, now, soon and into the future.

We'll be running #WestSussBus for at least the next year, so there's plenty of time.

You can also tweet using #WestSussBus and we'll gather your comments - describe your observations and experiences, as they happen...

Don't miss the bus! Take part in #WestSussBus today.

Current 'hot topic':

How has the way you travel by bus changed since Covid? Is the change permanent or temporary?

Compass bus at a bus stop in ChichesterBus stop sign with rail replacement bus sign

If you have any questions about #WestSussBus - email westsussbus@westsussex.gov.uk

How are your local buses doing?

We need your comments, opinions and suggestions.


We also need your photographs of buses going about their business in the county, to share on the #WestSussBus page.

Please send your pics to: westsussbus@westsussex.gov.uk


#WestSussBus will be around for at least a year (started in Spring 2022) - so please become a return visitor to #WestSussBus and air your views.


FINDING YOUR WAY around this page, please explore all areas! (click the links or scroll down):

'Forum'

'Ideas'

'Your feedback about buses'

'Create your own Bus Journal'


NOTE: on a mobile phone the 'quick poll' is at the foot of the page


What's it like to be a bus passenger in West Sussex in 2022? Help us create a comprehensive picture. TOP TIP - become a regular 'bus journal' contributor (either post your journal on this site - or send it directly to us at westsussbus@westsussex.gov.uk)


QUICK LINK - Click here if you'd just like to post a suggestion about bus services


What is #WestSussBus for?

We'd like to develop an ongoing dialogue with passengers, and later this year, we'll be establishing a Bus User & Stakeholder Forum and will be searching for a representative from the community of bus users.

Stagecoch bus passing a Compass bus stopped opposite the Cathedral in Chichester


Time to take part!

  • Tell us the things that you need for a better bus experience (choose 'Questions', below)
  • Think of an idea to improve local buses: all ideas are good ideas (choose 'Ideas', below)
  • Make suggestions about bus service (choose 'Forum', below)
  • Complete the Quick Polls and surveys that we'll be posting on this page
  • Join an online discussion (choose 'Forum', below)
  • Sign up to the #WestSussBus e-newsletter

or...

  • Post a regular 'bus journal', describing your experience of being a West Sussex bus user in 2022 (choose 'Bus Journal' below)

We've created a space for your own written, video or image based comments on local buses. Click here to create your very own 'bus journal'. Or just send in a nice video or a few pictures.

Remember, you don't need to write at all - you can submit your journal in images or videos if you prefer. Or add them to your written entry.

Post as regularly as you like.

If you have any questions about #WestSussBus - please contact us at westsussbus@westsussex.gov.uk

You can make your entry as long or short as you like and include the details you feel are relevant. Overheard speech is very useful (but not snooping into personal conversations!)


Green bus at Chichester bus station

A few ideas...

How about the things that are associated with bus travel. Not just the journey itself, for example:

  • Waiting at the bus stop - are your surroundings well looked after? Do you feel safe?
  • What are the bus stops like? Are they in good condition, well placed, have the right facilities?
  • Could your local bus stop be improved.
  • What facilities does a modern bus stop need?

Crawley Fastway bus

Feel free to think creatively...

We'd like to gather your ideas - reasonable, realistic and slightly more visionary - and see what can be done, now, soon and into the future.

We'll be running #WestSussBus for at least the next year, so there's plenty of time.

You can also tweet using #WestSussBus and we'll gather your comments - describe your observations and experiences, as they happen...

Don't miss the bus! Take part in #WestSussBus today.

Current 'hot topic':

How has the way you travel by bus changed since Covid? Is the change permanent or temporary?

Compass bus at a bus stop in ChichesterBus stop sign with rail replacement bus sign

If you have any questions about #WestSussBus - email westsussbus@westsussex.gov.uk

Your feedback about buses

Let us know if you have any questions about bus services in West Sussex; West Sussex County Council's role in public transport provision; or anything else related to public transport across the county. We also value any feedback about #WestSussBus.


If you'd like to be kept up to date with the project, sign up here for the #WestSussBus newsletter

And please use the hashtag #WestSussBus if you're posting any West Sussex bus related things.

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The bus service in Horsham is pretty poor.

The 65 is only hourly (so not frequent enough) during the daytime from Mon-Sat so you cannot go out in the evenings or on Sunday.

You cannot easily get from West to East Horsham, so the Warnham Nature reserve is off limits which is a huge shame.

Broadbridge Heath and the large Tesco are pretty much off limits due to the poor bus service and having to change from a very infrequent bus service to another infrequent bus service.

It's a pain having lots of different bus companies as you then need to by lots of different tickets instead of a single day ticket if you want to go somewhere that isn't Crawley or Horsham town centre.

I haven't even tried to get to the nearby villages as it costs too much due to having to pay for lots of different bus companies and the infrequency of the buses means that it would just take too long to do and I wouldn't be able to spend any time there before having to come back for the school run.

Malabui 28 days ago

Thank you so much for looking into this.
There is really bad timing in regards to Bus services in Henfield. First no direct bus service to hospital to Worthing or Southlands Hospital that serve our area and sometimes only every hour. No Sunday services you have to pay these extra. People who work at 7am in the mornings are limited to 2 buses in the morning. It's really tough for working families 👪.

Marina about 1 month ago

The buses from Henfield pre Covid could get you into Brighton for a 9am start at work. Now the service is so reduced that getting to work at a sensible time is impossible so we have no choice but to drive.

Dogface about 1 month ago

Unfortunately the 422 in the morning is unreliable as a mode of school transport it arrives in Copthorne late on most days and although the timetable says it arrives at the perfect time of 8.31am by Reigate School it is never on time according to the timetable

Robbie about 1 month ago

I'm sure many of us in Thakeham would use a bus if we had one. The only usable service is on a Thursday to Horsham. The rest of the week we have to use cars as there is no safe footpath or cycleway out of the evergrowing village

Tom Janus about 1 month ago

My husband and I live in Durrants Village, Faygate. Please include the village in your 23 and 200 routes. We are stranded here at the moment.

Valerie about 2 months ago

A later bus service on Saturday on route 272 through Ardingly. Buses stop too early when you want to go out of Village in the evening and get home, have to rely on taxis. Service the same as mid week would be beneficial.

Sandra about 2 months ago

Ardingly is cut off by lack of buses. It’s a large expanding village. A bus every two hours is hopeless. I would definitely use a bus instead of a car if I could!! Negligent#WestSussBus

Kym Lyons about 2 months ago

As a partially disabled, elderly, male I rely on bus transport. I frequently use the Syagecoach 700 & Pulse services and have been for the last decade. It amazes me how consistantly clean the uses are and, above all, how helpful and cheerful the drivers are. Well done! I reckon managenent and trainers can take a bow too!

Doug walker user about 2 months ago

Please could all Chichester buses, including the Midhurst to Chichester No 60, use the bus station as a departing/starting point. It is really inconvenient to have to disembark at South Street. The street is not very wide, there is no shelter and it makes no sense when there is a perfectly good bus station.

Primrose about 2 months ago

I live in a retirement village in Faygate and am taking my life in my hands if I try and cross the dual carriageway so I can catch the 200 or 98 bus into Horsham. The bus that stops in Faygate runs once a week and no trains run at the weekend. Not really conducive to using public transport instead of cars!

Jenny Wren about 2 months ago

We desperately require a zebra crossing at the Faygate roundabout. Almost impossible to get across to the Bus Stop to Horsham as the traffic is going much to fast for an elderly person to cross.

Marian Slater about 2 months ago

Stagecoach Route 700. The route is STILL operating erratically, and they are STILL using Covid as an excuse for it !!! Buses are operating 2, or 3 in close proximity to each other, rather than at 12 minute intervals. The route - from Brighton to Littlehampton - is apparently too long for them to be able to maintain good order. Maybe it is time for Stagecoach 700 to be confined to operating only between Worthing Pier and Littlehampton / Arundel ( with services provided through to Midnight ). The route between Brighton and Worthing Pier should be run by Brighton and Hove Buses as a separate route, or combined with the current Route 2 that operates to Shoreham and Steyning.

Sussexbusman about 2 months ago

Very disappointed with the limited Stagecoach service to Arundel - the Sunday bus was cancelled after the start of covid, there is now no bus service from any company to Arundel on Sundays. Contrast this with the number of near-empty double-decker buses running from Wick to Littlehampton 7 days a week.

Sue G about 2 months ago

The 60 bus used to go straight from Midhurst to Bognor with a stop at the Bus Station in Chichester. Subsequently the route stopped at the Bus Station and passengers had to get the 600 to travel to Bognor. The next change was for the 60 bus not to stop at the Bus Station at all but take a circular route to the Cathedral whence it proceeded back to Midhurst. A passenger needing to get to the train or bus station now has to undertake a considerable walk which is not easy with luggage or if the passenger has mobility problems. This is a distinctly retrograde step and I would like to know why these decisions were taken and what provision is now planned for disadvantaged passengers. So much for integrated travel

FS about 2 months ago

The Chichester 46/47 bus service is great, please keep it going as it is usually very reliable and often comes with friendly drivers. It would be even better if it ran on Sunday's, perhaps every other hour, with 5 services for a Sunday. It would help the local shops and hospitality with extra Sunday business.

Sam L about 2 months ago

It is clear that rural buses are inadequate or non-existent, causing more cars on the road and traffic pollution. I live in Dial Post and there is no return bus service to any of the nearby towns. In other rural areas minibuses or similar run where demand or population are not high- isn't this possible?
We were told it is too dangerous for buses to cross the A24 (though they do so at Washington). If a roundabout was made at Old Barn (where several serious accidents have happened) this would be less of a problem.

hmac about 2 months ago

I live on the Shopwyke Lakes development and one of the recent improvements was to build a bus stop in Western Road but to withdraw the bus service. My nearest bus stop is at Sainsburys Westhamnet. I am 85.
There is therefore no effective bus service.

dmbooth about 2 months ago

Happy with the 52 and 53 buses Chichester but sometimes if early getting to a stop they don’t pause until due time. I have been caught out a few times watching them go passed the end of the road when I would have been at the stop in time if they had paused.

TwMoira about 2 months ago

I would use the bus more but for the cost. £4.40 to travel from Bognor Road Chichester ro North Bersted. If I drove and claimed HMRC mileage I would not get that amount back.

ChrisB about 2 months ago
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