The Sussex Bus

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The Sussex Bus
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Plaxton Pointer 1 bodied Dennis Dart SLF in Brighton in January 2013
Sloganno fuss - catch the bus!
ParentHeritage Coaches
Ceased operation2016
DefunctDormant company
HeadquartersHenfield, West Sussex
LocaleWest Sussex
Service typeBus services
Routes16 (March 2015)
HubsHaywards Heath
Fleet28 (May 2015)
OperatorHeritage Group

The Sussex Bus[1] is a dormant bus company based in Burgess Hill, West Sussex, at one point it operated bus services in East Sussex and West Sussex. The company was formed in 2012 after Countryliner was placed in administration. It is a subsidiary of Heritage Coaches.[2]


East Lancs Esteem bodied Volvo B7RLE in Brighton in September 2014

Services commenced at short notice on 9 October 2012, after Countryliner went into administration the day before and took over their West Sussex operations with a subsidy from the local authority on some of the routes.[3]

On 1 September 2014, Sussex Bus commenced operating services in Crawley branded as Crawley Reds.[4] In March 2015 it operated 16 routes.[5]

On 1 October 2016 most of the services were taken over by Compass Travel with no buses nor the depot.[6][7][8] The company later rebranded with its remaining routes rebranded under the parent company's name.

Bus fires[edit]

The Sussex Bus had two bus fires in 2013, first in March [9] and the second in September.[10]


  1. ^ "SUSSEX BUS LIMITED". Companies House. Archived from the original on 30 January 2019. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  2. ^ Companies House extract company no 6970508 Archived 18 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine Heritage Coaches Limited
  3. ^ "More on the buses changes in Countryliner crisis". Mid Sussex Times. 10 October 2012. Archived from the original on 14 February 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Sussex Bus challenges Metrobus in Crawley" Buses issue 715 October 2014 page 8
  5. ^ Timetable Archived 25 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine Sussex Bus 2 March 2015
  6. ^ Sale of theSussexBus routes to Compass Travel Archived 9 October 2016 at the Wayback Machine Compass Travel 26 September 2016
  7. ^ Many Routes now changed ownership from Sat 1st Oct The Sussex Bus
  8. ^ "Compass Travel buys theSussexBus" Coach & Bus Week issue 1260 4 October 2016 page 8
  9. ^ "Bus catches on fire near Pyecombe". The Argus. 6 March 2013. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  10. ^ "A23 southbound closed after bus bursts into flames". The Argus. 25 September 2013. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013.

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