Residents are being asked about bus route changes

Residents are being asked about bus route changes

Residents are being asked about bus route changes

First published in News

RESIDENTS are being asked for their views on bus route changes.

Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company brought in the 18, 21, and 21A bus routes as replacements to the old 81 bus service.

The firm has identified a number of issues from the changes and is looking to bring in improvements in September.

They include increasing the frequency of services, avoiding traffic hold-ups in Trafalgar Street and increasing running time. Contact queenspark@buses.co.uk or call 01273 886200 by July 4.

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11:18am Tue 1 Jul 14

dawnie112 says...

We had a public meeting in February this year regarding changes to this bus service. All the problems that Brighton & Hove Buses have now identified were brought up at that meeting by us, the bus users, and by local councillors. However Mike Best from the bus company claimed that there were no problems and that the changes would make the service better for all. The changes to the 81 route were apparently done because it was not a profitable service and money had to be saved. Well how much money has been wasted on the changes already made, and the proposed changes in September? The new services 18, 20, 21 are terrible - they all run at roughly the same times, they all stop at different bus stops meaning if you miss one you probably miss them all. The service 18 nearly always runs two at a time during the day. Having read the new proposed routes they really are no better. Mike Best and his team are getting paid good money to provide a decent service to the bus users of Queens Park, quite frankly they have failed in this task, a task that a child could do!
We had a public meeting in February this year regarding changes to this bus service. All the problems that Brighton & Hove Buses have now identified were brought up at that meeting by us, the bus users, and by local councillors. However Mike Best from the bus company claimed that there were no problems and that the changes would make the service better for all. The changes to the 81 route were apparently done because it was not a profitable service and money had to be saved. Well how much money has been wasted on the changes already made, and the proposed changes in September? The new services 18, 20, 21 are terrible - they all run at roughly the same times, they all stop at different bus stops meaning if you miss one you probably miss them all. The service 18 nearly always runs two at a time during the day. Having read the new proposed routes they really are no better. Mike Best and his team are getting paid good money to provide a decent service to the bus users of Queens Park, quite frankly they have failed in this task, a task that a child could do! dawnie112
  • Score: 7

11:37am Tue 1 Jul 14

MrsKray says...

The changes to these buses are laughable and totally nonsensical. The 81s used to be some of the most reliable in town, boarding at Queens Park Junction you’d be at Churchill Square in 10-15 minutes but now it seems to take a lifetime. The new 21 route is an absolute joke and just seems utterly pointless; we already have the 7 regularly serving the Marina-Town-Hove route so why throw the 21 into the mix? It now takes me over an hour to get to Goldstone Valley from Elm Grove on the 21 when it used to take me half of that on an 81. Also, what’s with the 21 now touring the entire Queens Park area? What was wrong with simply going to the top of Elm Grove and turning right at the top? It just seems odd as again the Queens Park area is already served by the 18s, 20s and 23s, so what is the point? The new routes are also unreliable too, they all just seem to turn up whenever they like or can, nothing ever seems to be on time anymore. Then suddenly you’ll get two or three 18s or 20s in a row, it’s stupid. I really hope they get changed back at some point, but sadly it seems like the old “Screw what the people want and need my bonus wasn’t big enough last year!” attitude is more important to this joke of a bus company. I’m just glad I don’t have to pay to use them.
The changes to these buses are laughable and totally nonsensical. The 81s used to be some of the most reliable in town, boarding at Queens Park Junction you’d be at Churchill Square in 10-15 minutes but now it seems to take a lifetime. The new 21 route is an absolute joke and just seems utterly pointless; we already have the 7 regularly serving the Marina-Town-Hove route so why throw the 21 into the mix? It now takes me over an hour to get to Goldstone Valley from Elm Grove on the 21 when it used to take me half of that on an 81. Also, what’s with the 21 now touring the entire Queens Park area? What was wrong with simply going to the top of Elm Grove and turning right at the top? It just seems odd as again the Queens Park area is already served by the 18s, 20s and 23s, so what is the point? The new routes are also unreliable too, they all just seem to turn up whenever they like or can, nothing ever seems to be on time anymore. Then suddenly you’ll get two or three 18s or 20s in a row, it’s stupid. I really hope they get changed back at some point, but sadly it seems like the old “Screw what the people want and need my bonus wasn’t big enough last year!” attitude is more important to this joke of a bus company. I’m just glad I don’t have to pay to use them. MrsKray
  • Score: 4

11:46am Tue 1 Jul 14

clarkebrighton says...

I use to be able to get the 21 from outside my Door directly to Brighton
BR Station, and it was a great Service. However it no longer goes to the Station but straight along London Road. A bit of a walk uphill and if you
have a Suitcase hard work. When I ask about this I was told that I could
always get the No 7 from Arundel Rd, again a bit of a walk with Suitcases.
Please Bring Back the 21 to the Station.
I use to be able to get the 21 from outside my Door directly to Brighton BR Station, and it was a great Service. However it no longer goes to the Station but straight along London Road. A bit of a walk uphill and if you have a Suitcase hard work. When I ask about this I was told that I could always get the No 7 from Arundel Rd, again a bit of a walk with Suitcases. Please Bring Back the 21 to the Station. clarkebrighton
  • Score: 2

3:00pm Tue 1 Jul 14

P.Dant says...

London Rd - Marina is an obvious route,but it doesn`t seem to exist.Am I missing something ?
London Rd - Marina is an obvious route,but it doesn`t seem to exist.Am I missing something ? P.Dant
  • Score: 0

5:51pm Tue 1 Jul 14

BURIRAM says...

P.Dant wrote:
London Rd - Marina is an obvious route,but it doesn`t seem to exist.Am I missing something ?
Lewes road to Marina 23 or you can go to Steine and get 7 every few minutes. Plenty of buses go to the Steine . We have one of the best Bus Services in the Country.
[quote][p][bold]P.Dant[/bold] wrote: London Rd - Marina is an obvious route,but it doesn`t seem to exist.Am I missing something ?[/p][/quote]Lewes road to Marina 23 or you can go to Steine and get 7 every few minutes. Plenty of buses go to the Steine . We have one of the best Bus Services in the Country. BURIRAM
  • Score: -1

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