Your guide to accessible buses
all Brighton & Hove's bus routes are operated with accessible buses
what type of wheelchair can I take on a bus?Download our pdf to see if your wheelchair is acceptable
people using wheelchairs are very welcome on board all of our buses.
regulations only allow one wheelchair to be carried in the designated space - it’s on the nearside immediately after the luggage rack over the front wheel. Wheelchairs must be reversed up to the “ironing board” style cushion and face the rear of the bus. Brakes must be applied.
when buses are busy we will allow people using wheelchairs to board first so they can access the designated space. If other passengers are in the wheelchair space our driver will ask them to move.
what about ramps?
the City Council is making as many bus stops as possible in the city easily accessible, with raised kerbs so that the bus can get right next to it and a wheelchair user gets on or off without needing the ramp. In other cases the driver will deploy a ramp to make getting on and off the bus with a wheelchair quick and easy. We are converting electric ramps to manual as these are more dependable.
in the event that we cannot accomodate a user of an approved wheelchair, we will call a complimentary taxi.
buggies and shopping trolleys
buggies are now coming in all shapes and sizes and it’s difficult to stipulate how many can be carried. Our guideline is 3, but this will be less if a wheelchair user is occupying the space too. We would expect everyone to show goodwill and allow a buggy or shopping trolley user to use the designated space if other seats in the bus are available. We would encourage owners of large buggies to consider using a small, light weight buggy on buses.
in the event a wheelchair user needs the space, drivers will ask you to vacate the space, and your co-operation is appreciated.
bikes on buses
Folding bikes can be carried on buses provided that they can be safely stowed in the luggage area and they do not have any parts such as handlebars or pedals sticking out which could cause a danger to other passengers. Bikes can be carried on route 79 to and from Ditchling Beacon, this is the only exception.