News in Brief
3 weeks ago
News in Brief
New 25% discount for apprentices
Apprentices can now get a 25% student discount off their bus tickets across the entire Metrobus and Brighton & Hove network. To get the discount, apprentices should take their enrolment or confirmation letter, or student ID card into one of our travel shops at Crawley, Gatwick or Brighton, where they will be issued with a student key card.
An apprenticeship course should be registered with the UK Register of Learning Providers, which you can check here.
Happy National Apprenticeship Week!
Passenger numbers up
Bus use per head in Brighton & Hove continued to grow in 2018-19 to 172 journeys per person, says the most recent Department for Transport’s annual bus statistics. We still have the highest in the UK outside London by some margin, with the average elsewhere being just 45. We are committed to continuing to grow bus use in the city.
ULEZ comes into force
The Ultra Low Emission Zone in the city centre requiring all buses to be Euro 5 standard or higher came into force on 1 January. All our buses operating through the zone are compliant with this and we continue to invest to beat the 2024 requirement for Euro 6 standard. Nearly half of our fleet operating through the area already meet this standard. We intend to exceed this with more zero emissions vehicles and aim to be emissions free in the city centre by 2030.
Tap On, Tap Off hits the million mark
More than 1 million tap-on, tap-off transactions have been completed on Brighton & Hove Buses and Metrobus since September 2019. In fact, cash payments now represents less than 10% of the bus journeys in Brighton & Hove. As well, 34,400 passengers experienced savings as a result of the daily fare caps.
UK Bus Awards
Brighton & Hove took silver in the UK Bus Awards Top City Operator category at the end of last year. We were also highly commended in the Best Marketing Initiative category for our People Like You recruitment campaign, which aims to show that our drivers come from all walks of life and how each brings different talents to their roles. We also made the shortlist in the following categories: Bus & Community (the Brighton & Hove Santa Bus); Top Shire Operator (Metrobus) and Top UK Depot (Crawley).
County council crackdown
East and West Sussex are clamping down on broken concession cards that don't scan but they've announced an amnesty between now and the end of April. Our drivers will give passengers with broken passes a leaflet advising them to get a replacement from the council, which is free during the amnesty. Please help spread the word.
Brighton Station tardis and kiosk get a makeover
They are two of the first things visitors to Brighton see when they arrive in the city – the Brighton & Hove Buses’ information kiosk and the tardis next to it, outside the Brighton train station.
The tardis will display key visitor information, such as popular local destinations and routes and will match the livery of the new buses: blue Brighton skies (sometimes!), the midnight blue silhouetted city skyline, the dark teal of the sea and green of the seafront architecture. The kiosk will be smartened up and feature our Tap On, Tap Off contactless campaign.
Coming soon... Our Live & Breathe design competition for primary schools; the launch of our Spirit of Sussex brochure, packed with day trips and weekends by luxury coach; and a new Breeze Out of Brighton leaflet, detailing days out by bus.