#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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I would like to uss the bus to connect with trains, but it seems to me that the 63 service is quite unreliable, so it is not an option for me, so I will continue to drive as I must get the train I have set out for.

OW 3 months ago

My daughter would like to use the bus for college at Horsham but the 89 gets to Horsham after 10am and leaves before 4pm. Too late in the morning and too early in the afternoon. I had the same issue when working in Horsham. The bus times should enable people to get too and from work. We have to use a car

BH 3 months ago

I use the 700 bus route regularly between Goring, Worthing and Rustington and am very pleased with the Service.

Paddy 3 months ago

I am a student who has been using the 93 for seven years now and although there are a some weak points, it is overall a good service.
On the positives, the buses are clean, well maintained and have been consistently updated with now voiced announcements, internet and USB ports.
However, the service also suffers from consistent lateness, often with no apology or notice on the Metrobus website/Twitter. Though normally not in the morning, this lateness is relegated to around 5-40 minutes in for the afternoon. A few times the bus has not even showed up, still without notice.
Secondly, the pricing of the Metrobus system, though ostensibly helps students, it actually creates more expense. Not only is this because you cannot receive a student discount when only buying individual tickets but also that the only available ‘pass’ is a up to a 13 week that is irrespective to the term times of students (although they make up a large majority of Metrobus’ customers).
Finally, although pledges by the UK and by the West Sussex county council to adhere to eco-friendly climate change policies, I have seen no improvement nor notice on how Metrobus is improving their services. Like buses in London, Metrobus could aim to introduce hybrid buses, or electric or hydrogen.
Despite all of this, this service is decent.

Samuel 3 months ago

The 17 Bus service is excellent although it would be great if it could return to a half hourly service.It seems daft while it is an hourly service that sometimes the 89 bus comes a few minute before the 17 picking up passengers waiting for the 17 ?

Gill Fairham 3 months ago

The 600 bus route should run later every day. It's ridiculous you can't get home from Bognor to Aldwick after 8.pm, particularly on a Friday. The Sunday service is no better. Last bus from Bognor is 6pm.

Chris Dowling 3 months ago

I live in Aldwick I find the service stops to early in the evening. Example, last bus from Bognor to Aldwick on a Sunday is 6.05 pm, also during the week last bus from above is around 8.40pm.

Michael Dowling 3 months ago

If as we are informed there is a shortage of drivers, rather than randomly cancel buses rearrange timetables Also why is there still no Wi-Fi especially on the 700 it is just as busy pre covid!!!!

Linda 3 months ago

Many Henfield residents rely on the bus services to get to stations and to the local centres in Brighton and Horsham and Burgess Hill.
The number 17 bus is well used but the frequency has been halved. It was every half hour before Covid 19, but has not yet been restored to this frequency - and now runs every hour. Several residents have recently told me that they want to use the bus but find the hourly service off putting. Stagecoach told me that there was a shortage of drivers and this caused their reluctance to reinstate the half hourly service. I believe that a greater frequency of buses would encourage more use and then this would in turn encourage less car journeys and more sustainable transport choices.
The 100 bus to Burgess Hill etc is a subsidised service. It needs better signposting and publicity as it is a useful service especially to reach Burgess Hill Station for onward travel to London.

GillPer 3 months ago

Is there any way to get buses running later on weekends? It's not surprising everyone in our village takes their car into town when the only other option is to go out quite early on the last bus and then queue for ages for a minicab back.

Simon 3 months ago

To Be Honest, I'm rather disappointed, with the bus drivers' attitudes. I regularly use the 56 or the 700, and each time, the drivers are miserable, and they don't wait for the passengers to sit down, before moving off. Most of the time, it's the elderly. Someone is going to have a serious accident, one if these days, and YES, it will be the drivers fault!

Angry Bird 3 months ago

Living in Selsey on the Manhood Peninsular means we are constrained, and often delayed, by the fragile road network. The increase in housing density inevitably leads to more individual car usage. We have just one public transport service ( Stage coach 51) to travel North. it is a good service that must be retained to a) encourage the reduction of private transport. The frequency after 1900 can be improved to encourage commuters that currently have an hour wait between services.

Jerry 3 months ago

Hello

I get the Pulse bus to work (Lancing) from Worthing.
I'm afraid the service is awful and has been for while.
Buses are frequently cancelled, late or just don't arrive.
I have the app to monitor this to try and ensure that I am not late or rushing but it is rarely accurate!
It is so frustrating and stressful, not only that...I teach and I cannot be late.

I am leaving earlier and earlier everyday.

JM 3 months ago

There are no daily bus services in our village (Slindon) - it is not possible to travel for daily employment / college /meetings etc other than by using our own village bus (shared with Amberley) which has 4 different daily routes. The only way to travel regularly by bus is to walk to the local village of Walberton (45minute walk crossing the a27) which is not possible for the elderly or infirm but would help me get to work, but for the time taken. This is why I do not use a bus - but would be more than happy (helping the planet & saving fuel) to use a bus if it were regular. Thanks, Tracey

Tracey1408 4 months ago

Buses from sayers common to hurstpierpoint highstreet ate too expensive

Kate love 4 months ago

I have glaucoma and some 15 years ago my eyesight declined to the point where I could no longer drive. Before I was forced to consider the matter I had no idea what bus services there were in the area nor where they went. They just got in my way.
When my eyesight declined I moved to Pulborough for various reasons but the Compass 100 and Stagecoach 1 routes - together with the rail station - were a major factor. I'm retired and have a bus pass, am physically fit and walk to most places around the village so the once-an-hour service is satisfactory for most times I need to use the buses. Besides going to Worthing, the no. 1 service connects at Midhurst with the no. 60 and I use that connection for most trips to Chichester.
I have friends in the Bognor Regis area and have experienced their very frequent Stagecoach 700 service which has shown me what a serious bus service can be. While I'm envious of the frequency I can see the economic problems of trying to introduce such a frequent service in the rural areas.
What I have learned is that to get the car driver to consider buses there has to be a complete change in the mindset. In the rural areas instead of jumping in the car and just going, you have to plan the trip to the extent of knowing the timetable for departure and arrival, where the stops are and where the walking route to the final destination is. You have to accept that the bus will take longer for the journey, you may have to kill time while waiting and it won't be as comfortable as a car. I can't comment on cost comparisons as I have the bus pass but a significant advantage of the bus is not having to park at the destination. However the advantage is outweighed by the need to change habits and until fuel prices go up significantly further I doubt that there will be significant changes to travel patterns in the rural areas.

David 4 months ago

I live in Cowfold. Before covid we had a half hourly service to Horsham and Brighton. Since lockdown this is now hourly. this makes it very difficult to attend any appointments in |Horsham or Brighton. As inordinate amounts of time is spent waiting for the bus. we need the bus to run later in the evening so at least we could go to the cinema or have a meal.Also we need a bus into Haywards Heath to be able to access the Princess Royal hospital which is where our surgery refers most people for specialists.

Mig Cutbush 4 months ago

I live in Crawley and sometime use the bus to travel from Bewbush to Gatwick, whilst the frequency is good it takes forever to get to the airport, with the bus stopping every few hundred metres. Would it be possible to introduce some 'express services' that only stop at limited stops, perhaps on the 200 route?.

BL 4 months ago

I got my bus pass 2 yrs ago but haven't used it yet because there is no bus service through my village and the nearest stop at East Ashling is about a mile or so away. Too time consuming. No good for those who can't walk that far. Buses are and few between too.How about a very affordable Minibus service to complement?
Do WSC councillors understand what 'affordable' means - bit like Rishi Sunak, many seem to earn vast sums at our expense. Not right. Buses are very expensive, even now, might as well drive!

The last bus from Chi is far too early for theatre/cinema goers/diners out/evening pub visitors, etc.

Due to WSCC acceptance of swathes of newbuild wrecking the area, traffic problems are increasing. Not just in town either. here in this rural area, we're furious at the speeding vehicles in this narrow, single carriageway lane. We pay as much council tax yet no signs or traffic calming are forthcoming here. Outrageous.

Gertrude! 4 months ago

Bognor - Star Service. This is difficult for the disabled using 4-wheel rollators. Sometimes, if one such passenger is already on the bus, another can be not allowed on and has to wait out in the cold/rain until the next service. I am such a passenger and find getting into town via Stagecoach is sometimes impossible and I miss my medical appointments.

None. 4 months ago
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