#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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Having recently spent some time in Cornwall using their buses, adults pay £5 for a day pass to travel anywhere in Cornwall and you can use any operators services. Cornwall council reviewed their bus services recently, drastically dropping the day pass rate from around £9 so £5 makes bus travel an attractive option again while still providing frequent and reliable services, also if you buy 5 days worth of travel there it's just £20 (£4 a day!). Please could WSCC consider this idea? As I believe it is currently well over £9 for a day pass in West Sussex which also restricts you to only Stagecoach services. Source. https://www.transportforcornwall.co.uk/

J. Chichester about 2 months ago

We would hope to have a later Bus service ( 50) at Graylingwell Park, Chichester this currently ends around 6pm. So not encouraging anyone to use either the events at Graylingwell Chapel or use the many restaurants in Chichester city Centre. People simply can't get back up here or Summersdale.

AB about 2 months ago

We have no bus stopping at Amberley, even though one drives very close by. We have a community run bus but it doesn't run every day or to all the places. Please can't you reinstate an Amberley stop?

Anna Corcoran about 2 months ago

Bus services in the rural parts of West Sussex are a joke. There need to be regular and reliable bus services through all the villages. The service through Amberley was so limited that it was barely used and now does not exist. If you want us to reduce car use and use public transport then there needs to be reliable and affordable public transport to use. The alternative in villages like Amberley and Slindon is to have community buses with volunteer drivers.

Elisabeth about 2 months ago

There are no buses serving Colgate, nr Horsham. I have 3 kids that desperately need a bus service to Horsham for college, social activities & to train station etc. no wonder there’s so much traffic on the road and especially through the village on Forest Road

Act68 about 2 months ago

The practice of changing drivers at the bus stop in South Street, Chichester is causing delays to all services because while the handover is taking place no other buses can take on passengers at the stop. Some drivers expect passengers to walk past the handover bus to board the following bus while other drivers refuse to take on passengers until the bus stop is vacant. This causes confusion for the waiting passengers. Recently a blind person became very upset when she couldn’t establish where to board her bus. Why can’t handovers be carried out at the bus station which is only a few hundred metres away?

GB 2 months ago

The 55 route between Tangmere and Chichester is extremely unreliable. Buses are cancelled without warning and it’s not uncommon to wait for up to an hour for what is supposed to be a 20 minute service between Monday to Friday. The digital signs at bus stops also relay inaccurate information which makes using the service extremely frustrating. Considering that this service takes passengers to and from St Richards hospital the 55 service should be given priority when decisions are made to cancel buses when there is a shortage of drivers available.

GB 2 months ago

The 700 bus goes round Wick every 10 minutes send 1 round Wick bye pass every 20 minutes between Morrisons and Tesco to the station and the town.

Chris15 2 months ago

I think the buses in Worthing are much more expensive than other parts of the country I’ve lived in. I really think a move towards a single ticket or Oyster card system would be a massive benefit to the town

Peter 3 months ago

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Peter 3 months ago

700 coastlines advertises Wi-Fi not working since pandemic rediculous

Dibley 3 months ago

We use the 700 service a lot and find it very reliable

Jenny 3 months ago

The council would like more people to use buses and i agree this would be a good thing , but if will not happen unless you reduce the fares . Buses are only used by school children and pensioners with free bus passes . My wife and I are in our early 60s we would like to use the bus more often but from Goring by sea to Worthing pier is £5.60 return each on the 700 bus . So we will use the car instead and just wait 4 more years for our bus passes. Surely the answer is simply to reduce fares and more people will use the buses , I’ve read the West Sussex bus plan and it’s a frankly useless

Peter 3 months ago

My local bus is the 51 bus Horsham bus station to Collingwood Road. There are only three buses a day and the last one back from town is about one o clock. The bus is not well used because of the timetable. We feel we are being discriminated against, being mostly elderly we are unable to go not town in the afternoon either for shopping or to go to the doctors.I used to go to Worthing with my friend on the bus but cannot go any more because I can only get back to the bus station there are no buse to Collingwood Road. When I complained I was told to use the community buses just feel it’s not fair Roffey have buses every half an hour .

Carla comber 3 months ago

Since life has been returning to normal post-Covid, my locakl bus service has got worse and very unreleable.
I use the Stagecoach 700 bus to travel socailly and travel to and from Work in Brighton, a service which is advertised as one bus every 12 minutes (and every 20mins on a Sunday. However, many times the bus has either been so late, or not turned up at all, that I have been late for work in the NHS. Recently, I was threatened with dismissal as a result, even though I make up the time at the end of the day.
Then after work, I often manage to catch the 700 leaving Brighton before 4.20pm. However, if I miss that busm often I wait 45 minutes or more and the passenger number build up. Stagecoach might also put on a single-decker bus at this instead of a much-needed double-decker.
I also experience this at weekends and, on occasions, have missed appointments as a consequence.
I appreciate that traffic volume and roadworks along the coast road hold up bus travel (and this will only get worse as more properties are built, but I have also heard that drivers have left.
We are getting to the stage that West Sussex need to take some form of action to help Stagecoach buses run a more efficient service that COULD be as good as advertised and is a very popular form of travel for social, appointment and employment purposes.

Natalie 3 months ago

The Brighton to Horsham bus No.17 needs to be restored to a half-hourly service, to provide better connections with rail services, and to offer some form of contingency for when there is a cancellation, due to breakdown or other incident on this lengthy journey.

FH 3 months ago

Please keep them going and regularly . They are important to so many.
The up-to-date message information boards are great.

Mybus 3 months ago

I think the bus services are great - two wishes - bring back the Compass bus from Worthing to Arundel, and return the Nr 7 Salvington bus to hourly as it was before the pandemic.

Alan F 3 months ago

I think it is time for Chichester to have a park and ride system so that we can reduce the amount of traffic within the city and built up populated area.
There is a great opportunity to do this now on the site at the old oil depot just off the main Bognor road. A much smaller town like Horsham has managed it well, so why not Chichester.

Ziggi 3 months ago

There are still few or no reliable regular bus services from the rural parts of the NW Sussex area (eg: Billingshurst/Loxwood/Rudgwick/Kirdford/Northchapel/Petworth, etc) to key centres of facilities (eg Hosrsham, Chichester or Worthing). Unavoidable trips to St Richard's Hospital or essential appointments with commercial/medical/professional service providers -predominantly sited in the Sussex coastal or Mid-Sussex zones- present a major difficulty to attend. Taxi fares are exorbitant and unaffordable and community and shopper buses too erratic and infrequent and there is no easy direct rail link. With an increased elderly or otherwise non-driving population (incl statistically more of our younger residents) this is of major concern.

PAR 3 months ago
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