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Photo:Bus No 37 and (top) No 5A

Bus No 37 and (top) No 5A

Three main bus stops in North Laine

By Kim Curran, North Laine resident

Do you find Brighton bus routes a mystery? Where is Mile Oak, Coombe Vale or Meadowview? These are ultimate destinations if you’re on number 1, 27 or 37 bus routes – and can seem bewildering.

Only three bus stops in North Laine

Yet Brighton has one of the best bus services in Britain, and in North Laine we tend to forget about this as there are only three bus stops within our area, all on the sometimes hard-to-fathom No 37/37B bus route.

More choice on the North Laine borders

But take a short walk to the stop in York Place outside St Peter’s Church, or to St George’s Place close to Trafalgar Street, or to Brighton Station, or North Street, and you have plenty of choice.

Some of the main bus routes

Here’s a simplified guide to handy buses, sticking to main routes:

The bus stop by St Peter’s is useful if you’re heading into town. Among others, a number 5, 5A, or 5B will take you to Churchill Square via Old Steine and North Street, and then on to Hove. This is useful for a trip to Waitrose in Western Road.

The stop at St George’s Place, in the centre section of the roadway not far from Domino’s Pizza, takes you in the opposite direction to Patcham on the 5 and 5A, and to Hollingbury on the 5B. 

If you want to go east out of the city, take almost any bus outside St Peter’s and get off at Old Steine, walk a short way up St James’s Street to the stop near Morrisons and catch a No 7 to the Marina or a No 1 to Whitehawk. Both go via the Royal Sussex County Hospital, and you can also get off near there to walk through to Kemp Town. A No 2 from the stop near Morrisons goes to Rottingdean via the Racecourse. 

Travelling out of Brighton & Hove

Alternatively, you can catch these eastbound buses (Nos 1, 2 and 7), as well as others to Eastbourne and other towns, if you walk to bus stops near the Chapel Royal in North Street. Westward-bound services to Hove and Shoreham are on the opposite side of North Street, stopping just about opposite the HSBC bank.

Buses from Brighton Station

And if you go up to Brighton station, you’re spoilt for choice as the No 6 goes out to Portslade via the big Tesco at Church Road, Hove, finishing up at the giant Sainsbury’s as it curls back into West Hove, and the equally frequent No 7 takes you west to Hove or east out to the Marina.


[Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 242, September/October 2016]


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