All about us
We have been in the public transport business since running horse buses in the 1880s and we now have one of the most modern fleets of state-of-the-art vehicles. Most of our 260 buses come equipped with easy access low floors so that buggies and wheelchairs are welcome aboard. We also have 4 luxury coaches available for private hire to meet any requirements.
Brighton & Hove has been a subsidiary of the Go-Ahead Group plc since 1993. The Go-Ahead philosophy is to run its transport companies as autonomous businesses in tune with the local market. At Brighton & Hove we have successfully grown the market for local bus travel by an average 5% each year since 1993, something which is unique in the bus industry.
Our buses run on an intensive network of local bus routes in and around Brighton and Hove from Steyning and Shoreham through to Newhaven as well as longer distance routes to Eastbourne, Lewes, Ringmer and Tunbridge Wells. Since 2001 a flat rate fare has operated across the area from Shoreham in the west, Patcham and Falmer in the north and Newhaven in the east, which together with a range of day SAVER tickets, and longer duration options, has been successful at making paying for bus travel simpler. We also offer excellent deals to meet the needs of young people, students and commuters.
We work in close partnership with Brighton & Hove City Council and other neighbouring County Councils. Brighton & Hove Council have been pursuing a strategy of encouraging more use of public transport - introducing traffic management measures in the city with bus lanes and other priority measures for buses as well as improvements to bus stop areas. A new satellite based vehicle tracking system was introduced in 2002 in partnership with the Council which enables real time departure information to be displayed at many of the City's main bus stops and on the internet for every bus stop in the city.
In our drive to contribute towards a cleaner environment, our entire bus fleet runs on biodiesel. The company was one of the first in the industry to use low sulphur fuel as soon as it became available. We are a market leader in the fitment of specialist equipment to reduce pollution of exhaust gases from bus engines. All our modern vehicles have particulate traps fitted on their exhausts. Further research is being undertaken by our fuel suppliers to try and improve the biodiesel content currently being manufactured to meet our increasing environmental targets.
We currently invest over £3 million each year on new buses and coaches to ensure our customers receive the latest standards of comfort - just one way we're helping to improve the quality of the service we provide. Frequencies of many bus routes have also improved over the last decade. Our award winning network of the six most popular routes run every few minutes during the day and our night buses which run across the city mean we can provide customers with a convenient bus services 24hrs a day.
We are very much a part of the community we serve and all our modern double deck buses are named after those people who have made a contribution to Brighton and Hove during their life. Visit our Bus Names page to find out more.