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Brighton MP to hold bus surgeries to promote Catch a Bus week

A week of events highlighting the benefits of using public transport will begin next week.

The Catch the Bus Week 2014 runs from April 28 to May 4.

Brighton and Hove Buses, alongside sustainable travel group Greener Journeys and another 100 bus companies, passenger groups and local authorities across the county will be coming together to promote the use of buses and public transport to try to get people out of their cars.

Brighton Kemptown MP Simon Kirby will be doing his part starting tomorrow with a number of “bus surgeries” across the constituency.

The surgeries will take place at

  • Brighton Pier, Madeira Drive from 10-10.15am
  • Brighton Marina Asda car park from 10.30-10.45am
  • East Brighton Crew Club car park from 11-11.15am
  • Rottingdean White Horse car park from 11.30-11.45am
  • Telscombe Cliffs South Coast Road from 12-12.15pm
  • Peacehaven Meridian Centre car park from 12.30-12.45pm
  • Saltdean Lido car park from 1-1.15pm
  • Woodingdean Community Centre car park from 1.30-1.45pm
  • Bevendean Leisure Centre car park from 2.30-3pm.

Martin Harris, managing director at Brighton and Hove Bus Company, said: “We welcome any national initiatives like this one that help us raise awareness of how good bus travel can be.”

People who buy M tickets on smartphones will also be able to get discounted tickets. 

For more information on the events go to www.catchthebusweek.co.uk or www.greenerjourneys.com.

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12:25pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Mark63 says...

Make it £1 a journey and I'd consider it, otherwise forget it - noisy, smelly, uncomfortable, expensive and slow...
Make it £1 a journey and I'd consider it, otherwise forget it - noisy, smelly, uncomfortable, expensive and slow... Mark63
  • Score: 15

1:21pm Wed 23 Apr 14

cynic_the says...

Isn't there some sort of conflict of interest when an MP promotes a private company?

I'm not surprised Martin Harris welcomes national initiatives promoting his product!
Isn't there some sort of conflict of interest when an MP promotes a private company? I'm not surprised Martin Harris welcomes national initiatives promoting his product! cynic_the
  • Score: 10

1:22pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Terry K says...

A decent tram system is needed in Brighton and Worthing, in fact why not link up both towns via a seafront route, run it down the centre of the coast road and link up to other routes covering outlying area's for park and rides, must be possible somehow, if there's a will there's a way, it works well in Croydon and other places and common in mainland Europe. Why are we so behind?
A decent tram system is needed in Brighton and Worthing, in fact why not link up both towns via a seafront route, run it down the centre of the coast road and link up to other routes covering outlying area's for park and rides, must be possible somehow, if there's a will there's a way, it works well in Croydon and other places and common in mainland Europe. Why are we so behind? Terry K
  • Score: 11

2:46pm Wed 23 Apr 14

NickBrt says...

Lucas is holding surgeries in Balcombe I hear.
Lucas is holding surgeries in Balcombe I hear. NickBrt
  • Score: 6

4:19pm Wed 23 Apr 14

rolivan says...

Will Mr Kirby catching a bus between "Surgeries" seeing that he will be promoting bus travel?Perhaps he might consider a cycle ride back.
Will Mr Kirby catching a bus between "Surgeries" seeing that he will be promoting bus travel?Perhaps he might consider a cycle ride back. rolivan
  • Score: 2

6:27pm Wed 23 Apr 14

HJarrs says...

Terry K wrote:
A decent tram system is needed in Brighton and Worthing, in fact why not link up both towns via a seafront route, run it down the centre of the coast road and link up to other routes covering outlying area's for park and rides, must be possible somehow, if there's a will there's a way, it works well in Croydon and other places and common in mainland Europe. Why are we so behind?
We won't be having trams as they would cost north of £200 million and Kirby's lot are spending all the money on HS2.

Good to see Kirby at last doing something for the city. Only took 4 years.
[quote][p][bold]Terry K[/bold] wrote: A decent tram system is needed in Brighton and Worthing, in fact why not link up both towns via a seafront route, run it down the centre of the coast road and link up to other routes covering outlying area's for park and rides, must be possible somehow, if there's a will there's a way, it works well in Croydon and other places and common in mainland Europe. Why are we so behind?[/p][/quote]We won't be having trams as they would cost north of £200 million and Kirby's lot are spending all the money on HS2. Good to see Kirby at last doing something for the city. Only took 4 years. HJarrs
  • Score: -5

6:34pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Terry K says...

Anyone working in Churchill sq or North st etc is at great risk from diesel fumes, all those buses stuck in jams churning out fumes cannot go on forever surely, trams would eliminate this danger overnight!.
Anyone working in Churchill sq or North st etc is at great risk from diesel fumes, all those buses stuck in jams churning out fumes cannot go on forever surely, trams would eliminate this danger overnight!. Terry K
  • Score: 1

6:35pm Wed 23 Apr 14

rolivan says...

HJarrs wrote:
Terry K wrote:
A decent tram system is needed in Brighton and Worthing, in fact why not link up both towns via a seafront route, run it down the centre of the coast road and link up to other routes covering outlying area's for park and rides, must be possible somehow, if there's a will there's a way, it works well in Croydon and other places and common in mainland Europe. Why are we so behind?
We won't be having trams as they would cost north of £200 million and Kirby's lot are spending all the money on HS2.

Good to see Kirby at last doing something for the city. Only took 4 years.
Yes then how is it they can get a loan for £36m for the I360, a tram system would be guaranteed Income?
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Terry K[/bold] wrote: A decent tram system is needed in Brighton and Worthing, in fact why not link up both towns via a seafront route, run it down the centre of the coast road and link up to other routes covering outlying area's for park and rides, must be possible somehow, if there's a will there's a way, it works well in Croydon and other places and common in mainland Europe. Why are we so behind?[/p][/quote]We won't be having trams as they would cost north of £200 million and Kirby's lot are spending all the money on HS2. Good to see Kirby at last doing something for the city. Only took 4 years.[/p][/quote]Yes then how is it they can get a loan for £36m for the I360, a tram system would be guaranteed Income? rolivan
  • Score: 6

11:12pm Wed 23 Apr 14

whatevernext2013 says...

Mark63 wrote:
Make it £1 a journey and I'd consider it, otherwise forget it - noisy, smelly, uncomfortable, expensive and slow...
and what would you pay the staff that drive the bus ?
[quote][p][bold]Mark63[/bold] wrote: Make it £1 a journey and I'd consider it, otherwise forget it - noisy, smelly, uncomfortable, expensive and slow...[/p][/quote]and what would you pay the staff that drive the bus ? whatevernext2013
  • Score: 1

10:09am Thu 24 Apr 14

King Joke says...

Mark63 wrote:
Make it £1 a journey and I'd consider it, otherwise forget it - noisy, smelly, uncomfortable, expensive and slow...
If you make 2-3 journeys a day it is around £1/journey, and you can put savers on a Key card or on your smart phone. There's even a continuous product you never need to top up.
[quote][p][bold]Mark63[/bold] wrote: Make it £1 a journey and I'd consider it, otherwise forget it - noisy, smelly, uncomfortable, expensive and slow...[/p][/quote]If you make 2-3 journeys a day it is around £1/journey, and you can put savers on a Key card or on your smart phone. There's even a continuous product you never need to top up. King Joke
  • Score: 1

11:41am Thu 24 Apr 14

cynic_the says...

rolivan wrote:
HJarrs wrote:
Terry K wrote:
A decent tram system is needed in Brighton and Worthing, in fact why not link up both towns via a seafront route, run it down the centre of the coast road and link up to other routes covering outlying area's for park and rides, must be possible somehow, if there's a will there's a way, it works well in Croydon and other places and common in mainland Europe. Why are we so behind?
We won't be having trams as they would cost north of £200 million and Kirby's lot are spending all the money on HS2.

Good to see Kirby at last doing something for the city. Only took 4 years.
Yes then how is it they can get a loan for £36m for the I360, a tram system would be guaranteed Income?
Head-shot!
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Terry K[/bold] wrote: A decent tram system is needed in Brighton and Worthing, in fact why not link up both towns via a seafront route, run it down the centre of the coast road and link up to other routes covering outlying area's for park and rides, must be possible somehow, if there's a will there's a way, it works well in Croydon and other places and common in mainland Europe. Why are we so behind?[/p][/quote]We won't be having trams as they would cost north of £200 million and Kirby's lot are spending all the money on HS2. Good to see Kirby at last doing something for the city. Only took 4 years.[/p][/quote]Yes then how is it they can get a loan for £36m for the I360, a tram system would be guaranteed Income?[/p][/quote]Head-shot! cynic_the
  • Score: 0

4:47pm Thu 24 Apr 14

her professional says...

cynic_the wrote:
Isn't there some sort of conflict of interest when an MP promotes a private company?

I'm not surprised Martin Harris welcomes national initiatives promoting his product!
He's promoting a mode of transport not a private company. There are hundreds of bus operators country wide and it's a national initiative. It's no more a conflict of interest than if he was opening a new road constructed by private contractors.
[quote][p][bold]cynic_the[/bold] wrote: Isn't there some sort of conflict of interest when an MP promotes a private company? I'm not surprised Martin Harris welcomes national initiatives promoting his product![/p][/quote]He's promoting a mode of transport not a private company. There are hundreds of bus operators country wide and it's a national initiative. It's no more a conflict of interest than if he was opening a new road constructed by private contractors. her professional
  • Score: 0

12:59am Fri 25 Apr 14

Terry K says...

her professional wrote:
cynic_the wrote:
Isn't there some sort of conflict of interest when an MP promotes a private company?

I'm not surprised Martin Harris welcomes national initiatives promoting his product!
He's promoting a mode of transport not a private company. There are hundreds of bus operators country wide and it's a national initiative. It's no more a conflict of interest than if he was opening a new road constructed by private contractors.
Looks like B&H bus company have the monopoly as far as I can see! We need trams i tell you, trams!
[quote][p][bold]her professional[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cynic_the[/bold] wrote: Isn't there some sort of conflict of interest when an MP promotes a private company? I'm not surprised Martin Harris welcomes national initiatives promoting his product![/p][/quote]He's promoting a mode of transport not a private company. There are hundreds of bus operators country wide and it's a national initiative. It's no more a conflict of interest than if he was opening a new road constructed by private contractors.[/p][/quote]Looks like B&H bus company have the monopoly as far as I can see! We need trams i tell you, trams! Terry K
  • Score: 0

8:06am Fri 25 Apr 14

King Joke says...

B&H don't have the monopoly of travel in the Brighton area - they compete with the train, the car, the bicycle as well as other bus companies on some corridors.
B&H don't have the monopoly of travel in the Brighton area - they compete with the train, the car, the bicycle as well as other bus companies on some corridors. King Joke
  • Score: -1

9:00am Fri 25 Apr 14

Terry K says...

King Joke wrote:
B&H don't have the monopoly of travel in the Brighton area - they compete with the train, the car, the bicycle as well as other bus companies on some corridors.
But not other bus companies, hence the monopoly!.
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: B&H don't have the monopoly of travel in the Brighton area - they compete with the train, the car, the bicycle as well as other bus companies on some corridors.[/p][/quote]But not other bus companies, hence the monopoly!. Terry K
  • Score: 0

9:19am Fri 25 Apr 14

King Joke says...

It isn't a monopoly if there are other modes widely available which do a simliar job to the bus.
It isn't a monopoly if there are other modes widely available which do a simliar job to the bus. King Joke
  • Score: 0

11:12pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Terry K says...

King Joke wrote:
It isn't a monopoly if there are other modes widely available which do a simliar job to the bus.
And what other travel modes are there that compares and competes with a road going bus pray tell?
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: It isn't a monopoly if there are other modes widely available which do a simliar job to the bus.[/p][/quote]And what other travel modes are there that compares and competes with a road going bus pray tell? Terry K
  • Score: 0

10:47am Sat 26 Apr 14

King Joke says...

If I'm going from Falmer to Brighton I might get the bus yes, but I could get the train, drive if I had a car, or cycle if I had a bike. B&H have to keep their product keen if they want people to choose them.
If I'm going from Falmer to Brighton I might get the bus yes, but I could get the train, drive if I had a car, or cycle if I had a bike. B&H have to keep their product keen if they want people to choose them. King Joke
  • Score: 0

11:25am Sat 26 Apr 14

Terry K says...

Trains, cars, and bikes are different entities to buses, like i said B&H buses have the monopoly on bus travel in Brighton, more companies should be used over same routes to keep fares down, that is my point, better still build a tram network to compete with buses even.
Trains, cars, and bikes are different entities to buses, like i said B&H buses have the monopoly on bus travel in Brighton, more companies should be used over same routes to keep fares down, that is my point, better still build a tram network to compete with buses even. Terry K
  • Score: 0

8:54pm Sat 26 Apr 14

King Joke says...

I don't disagree about trams - they are a clean and efficient way of moving large numbers of people around large towns.

Trains, cars etc are a different entity to buses but essentially do the same job. Virgin more or less have the monopoly on rail travel from London to Glasgow. THis does not however mean they have no competition. You could drive the journey, or there a number of airlines and bus companies that cater for the same flow.
I don't disagree about trams - they are a clean and efficient way of moving large numbers of people around large towns. Trains, cars etc are a different entity to buses but essentially do the same job. Virgin more or less have the monopoly on rail travel from London to Glasgow. THis does not however mean they have no competition. You could drive the journey, or there a number of airlines and bus companies that cater for the same flow. King Joke
  • Score: 0

11:09pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Terry K says...

King Joke wrote:
I don't disagree about trams - they are a clean and efficient way of moving large numbers of people around large towns.

Trains, cars etc are a different entity to buses but essentially do the same job. Virgin more or less have the monopoly on rail travel from London to Glasgow. THis does not however mean they have no competition. You could drive the journey, or there a number of airlines and bus companies that cater for the same flow.
I have a choice who supplies my gas and electricity, it's the same gas and same electricity entering my home, no energy company has a monopoly, B&H buses have no competition on their routes, it use them or nothing if you want a bus ride, that is a monopoly in anyway people try to deny it.
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: I don't disagree about trams - they are a clean and efficient way of moving large numbers of people around large towns. Trains, cars etc are a different entity to buses but essentially do the same job. Virgin more or less have the monopoly on rail travel from London to Glasgow. THis does not however mean they have no competition. You could drive the journey, or there a number of airlines and bus companies that cater for the same flow.[/p][/quote]I have a choice who supplies my gas and electricity, it's the same gas and same electricity entering my home, no energy company has a monopoly, B&H buses have no competition on their routes, it use them or nothing if you want a bus ride, that is a monopoly in anyway people try to deny it. Terry K
  • Score: 1

8:03am Mon 28 Apr 14

King Joke says...

I've explained time and time again how they do not have a monopoly on travel and you just aren't listening.

B&H serve the city very well despite the challenging traffic conditions and, yes, competition from other modes. On-road competition has worked well in other cities (and less well in others) but B&H are recognised as industry leaders and anyone suggesting breaking them up would have to have a very clear set of objectives in order to justify so doing.
I've explained time and time again how they do not have a monopoly on travel and you just aren't listening. B&H serve the city very well despite the challenging traffic conditions and, yes, competition from other modes. On-road competition has worked well in other cities (and less well in others) but B&H are recognised as industry leaders and anyone suggesting breaking them up would have to have a very clear set of objectives in order to justify so doing. King Joke
  • Score: -1

4:09pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Terry K says...

They have a monopoly on bus travel, you seem to be ok with that, many are not, you keep trying to distract from the point, I guess you have no other answer do you.
They have a monopoly on bus travel, you seem to be ok with that, many are not, you keep trying to distract from the point, I guess you have no other answer do you. Terry K
  • Score: 1

4:15pm Mon 28 Apr 14

King Joke says...

I've made my point clear in my last post; it is not abudnantly clear whether breaking B&H up into competing companies would benefit passengers. I am 'OK with it' because as I say B&H are renowned for being among best-in-class operators.

PLease outline the problems with the current set up, and how you envisage increased on-road competition addressing them.
I've made my point clear in my last post; it is not abudnantly clear whether breaking B&H up into competing companies would benefit passengers. I am 'OK with it' because as I say B&H are renowned for being among best-in-class operators. PLease outline the problems with the current set up, and how you envisage increased on-road competition addressing them. King Joke
  • Score: -1

11:45pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Terry K says...

I don't like monopolies, each route should have more than one company competing against each other, this helps keep fares down, B&H buses do a good job with high standards, but bus users are at their mercy concerning fares, it's not a competitive model for bus users, every other industry has rivals, B&h buses do not, it's not right in this day and age, that is my simple point.
I don't like monopolies, each route should have more than one company competing against each other, this helps keep fares down, B&H buses do a good job with high standards, but bus users are at their mercy concerning fares, it's not a competitive model for bus users, every other industry has rivals, B&h buses do not, it's not right in this day and age, that is my simple point. Terry K
  • Score: 1

8:24am Tue 29 Apr 14

King Joke says...

I'd happily pay a premium for a decent service, but if you prefer a race to the bottom, each to their own.
I'd happily pay a premium for a decent service, but if you prefer a race to the bottom, each to their own. King Joke
  • Score: -1

12:45pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Terry K says...

Some people are not in a position to pay a premium , mass transit should be cheap and efficient for all, your counter argument is based on your personal needs and preferences and not catering for all incomes, therefore your response is flawed.
Some people are not in a position to pay a premium , mass transit should be cheap and efficient for all, your counter argument is based on your personal needs and preferences and not catering for all incomes, therefore your response is flawed. Terry K
  • Score: 0

12:54pm Tue 29 Apr 14

King Joke says...

Are you advocating a Manchester-type situation, whereby the two big PLC players, First and Stagecoach, charge the going rate and run a relatively modern fleet, and a number of smaller operators undercut them and run a load of old bangers? I'm not saying that's a bad thing, just asking.
Are you advocating a Manchester-type situation, whereby the two big PLC players, First and Stagecoach, charge the going rate and run a relatively modern fleet, and a number of smaller operators undercut them and run a load of old bangers? I'm not saying that's a bad thing, just asking. King Joke
  • Score: 0

4:11pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Terry K says...

Open it up to anyone who meets the qualifying criteria, and meets basic standards is what I'm saying, red tape & E.U rules probably prevent small private companies or individuals vying for routes though, i accept that, but where there's a will there's a way.
Open it up to anyone who meets the qualifying criteria, and meets basic standards is what I'm saying, red tape & E.U rules probably prevent small private companies or individuals vying for routes though, i accept that, but where there's a will there's a way. Terry K
  • Score: 0

4:25pm Tue 29 Apr 14

King Joke says...

Reduction in BSOG and low reimbursement rates for concessionary travel (around 30% in some cases) that have as much to do with it. Large operators can counter this as they have economies of scale in terms of purchasing power, and there is some advantage to be had in operating a 'network' of routes which are of use to passengers rather than a single route. Nonetheless there are still openings for small innovative operators, for eg community transport operations like the Go Ride cooperative.
Reduction in BSOG and low reimbursement rates for concessionary travel (around 30% in some cases) that have as much to do with it. Large operators can counter this as they have economies of scale in terms of purchasing power, and there is some advantage to be had in operating a 'network' of routes which are of use to passengers rather than a single route. Nonetheless there are still openings for small innovative operators, for eg community transport operations like the Go Ride cooperative. King Joke
  • Score: 0

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