A new public bus service has been launched for East Brighton residents with two public meetings. The new bus service will open in September between Brighton Marina, Woodingdean and Ovingdean. The service is being run by The Big Lemon Bus Company who have won Public Awards for Best Sustainability Initiative and Best Social Enterprise. The Big Lemon Bus Company has a four year licence from Brighton and Hove City Council.
Public consultations have been held in The Downs Hotel Woodingdean and Seattle Hotel in Brighton Marina to allow residents to discuss their needs directly with Tom Druitt, Managing Director of Big Lemon. Residents from East Brighton filled the room to learn about the planned service and raise questions specific to their local needs. Druitt confirmed “there will be a connecting service 47 at the Marina to the Hospital and Station, and both are wheelchair and Buggy friendly. You can use the same ticket and Savers on the rest of the network. We hope we can attract more people to use the service to eventually run it all the way into Brighton.” Druitt is now following up with City Council Chair of the Transport Committee Ian Davey resident requests for adapting the timetable for schoolchildren and commuters.
Local resident Clive Bonny attended the meetings and said “it is great to have the head of a new public transport service engaging directly with the customers to resolve past issues and concerns about reliability and punctuality. We all expressed a desire to see the new service expanded for commuters and school children, especially as the Big Lemon buses run on used cooking oil collected and recycled locally, avoiding the health hazards of diesel fuel.”
Also attending Andrew Boag Chair, Brighton Area Buswatch – part of Bus Users UK added
“Brighton Area Buswatch welcomes the efforts made by The Big Lemon to engage with local communities along the 52 route. Hopefully this will help to make the new 52 a big success. We particularly welcome the agreement between The Big Lemon, Brighton & Hove Buses and Compass Bus to accept each operators Saver tickets and thank all those who have worked so hard to make this possible.”
For more information contact The Big Lemon Brighton 681681 email LemonBus@theBigLemon.com
Service timetable information and Questions and Answers at www.thebiglemon.com/52
City Council contact Ian.firstname.lastname@example.org tele 292480
Tom Druitt with Clive Bonny and Big Lemon Buses