May Service Updates

1 month ago Wed 17th Apr 2024

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We are thrilled to announce some exciting improvements to some of our Metrobus services from 11th May 2024.

The changes include some exciting improvements to the 273, including increased frequency (with services running up to hourly), some faster services between Crawley and Brighton (with some services taking under and hour) and additional services on Sunday’s and public holidays.

Below is a summary of the main changes. Simply click on the route link in the table below or visit our online journey planner before you travel. 




Revised to operate between Horsham Bus Station and The Common only. 

The section to North Heath will be replaced by new route 71 with a much more frequent service - see below.



New regular route linking the new Mowbray housing development and Bohunt School in north Horsham with Horsham town centre via North Heath Lane, Wimblehurst Road, Hurst Road and Horsham Station, plus Jackdaw Lane and Rusper Road towards Mowbray.


New journey introduced at 1810 from Crawley to East Grinstead.

Slight timing change to the first journey from East Grinstead to improve train connections at Three Bridges following passenger requests. 



Major improvements to this direct Crawley to Brighton service with additional journeys to make the 273 hourly for some of the day on Mondays to Saturdays.

The 273 will also run on Sundays & Public Holidays. 

Changes are being made to the route to make the journey between Crawley and Brighton much quicker, as follows, with some journeys under an hour:

  • Some journeys will not serve Bolney and Hickstead but the journeys currently being used are largely continuing to go there

  • In Pease Pottage, Black Swan will no longer be served by route 273 but alternative stops are available nearby at the the Services (towards Crawley) or Parish Lane (towards Brighton). Route 271 will continue to serve Black Swan

  • Pyecombe Garage will no longer be served towards Brighton but will continue to be served towards Crawley. Routes 270, 271 & 272 will continue to stop in both directions

  • Within Brighton it will become limited stop, only stopping at Old Steine, London Road Shops, Preston Circus, Nestor Court, Preston Drove, Varndean Road, The Deneway, Ridgeside Avenue, Brangwyn Crescent and Patcham Place. Routes 270, 271 & 272 will continue to stop at all stops on this section

These improvements have been supported by West Sussex County Council and Brighton & Hove City Council.


Revised to serve Kilnwood Vale, providing new links from Kilnwood Vale to Holy Trinity and St Wilfrid's schools.


Additional resource is being added to make the route more regular and to improve reliability.

Later journeys to and from Caterham will operate.

The Sunday & Public Holiday service will increase to hourly.

These improvements have been supported by Surrey County Council with funding from the Surrey Enhanced Partnership.


No longer serves Whitebushes in the evening on Mondays to Saturdays, being replaced by new route 460 evening journeys as below.


New hourly evening service on route 460 on Mondays to Saturdays operating throughout the route between Epsom and Crawley. This improvement has been supported by Surrey County Council with funding from the Surrey Enhanced Partnership. This will replace the evening service on route 480.

Minor timetable changes to improve reliability.