Route 52

The Big Lemon operates Service 52 on a contract with Brighton & Hove City Council. The service operates Monday to Saturday between Woodingdean and the Royal Sussex County Hospital via Ovingdean and Brighton Marina. In the morning and evening peak route 52 also serves Old Steine and Brighton Station. CitySaver tickets bought on the 52 are valid on all connecting bus services, and we also accept CitySaver tickets issued by other bus companies. (For services from Ovingdean to the city centre between 9am and 5pm please see Route 57)

Changes to Route 52:

Following the recent announcement by Brighton & Hove City Council regarding supported bus services there have been changes to Service 52 that came into effect on Monday 18 September. We apologise for the short notice of these changes; any enquiries about this should be directed to Brighton & Hove City Council on 01273 292480.

The good news is that the changes will, we believe, ultimately improve services for residents in Ovingdean, Woodingdean and Rottingdean by increasing the frequency of services to the Marina and the Hospital, creating new links between Ovingdean and Rottingdean Mondays to Saturdays (with Route 57) and adding an extra journey from Brighton Station in the evenings.


Interactive Map

Timetable from Monday 15 January 2018

After our passenger and driver consultations we have updated our timetable to provide you with a better, more reliable service:

(Click on the timetable below for a larger, printable pdf version)

See below for all services serving Ovingdean (52 and 57)

12 thoughts on “Route 52

  1. Will

    Many nursing shifts finish at 20:00. There is a large cohort of nursing (and other NHS) staff that would use a 52 back to Woodingdean if it were available after 20:15. Is this a possibility?

    1. Hi Will, thank you and apologies for the delay getting back to you! We’ve put a proposal in to the city council for a later service – fingers crossed! We’ll find out by the end of July whether it’s possible 🙂

      1. Julia Crimp

        Hi Tomorow,

        Thankyou for your reply, the 57 is not an option unfortunately, as it doesnt go to Woodingdean

        many thanks

  2. Richard

    I hear there is a revised timetable coming for Route 52. When will this be available to view, in case it impacts journey planning? Thanks,.

    1. Hi Richard

      This is currently under review but no decision yet so assume no change for the time being and we’ll let everyone know as soon as we know any different!

      All the best

  3. Pascale

    I just wanted to support the idea to have a connection Woodingdean-Falmer. At the moment, there are only three buses per day with the Brighton Buses and this road is packed at rush hours. People have no choice but to have a car there and it is very bad!

    Have the big lemon buses already considered the need for a new line there, in a way it could be a follow up to the 52?

    1. biglemonnorman

      Hi Pascale

      Yes, we have actually looked into this. The trouble is twofold: one, we would obviously pick up nobody between Woodingdean and Falmer, which is quite along stretch, so that makes it unattractive. More significantly perhaps, vehicles along that stretch can get badly delayed and I would not want to risk the punctuality along the rest of the 52 Route. I have nevertheless put the idea to Sussex University to see if they might want to help co-fund such a route but they do not wish to do so at present. We will keep it under review. I hope this helps and thanks for the idea.

      Norman Baker MD

  4. Pascale

    Thanks for your answer. It would make sense that the Universities help to fund such a line and it is great to hear that you asked, despite the answer! I hope their vision will change in the future.

    Best continuation for the Big lemon Buses!

    1. Kelly Dibbert

      Hi Christine

      Thanks for asking, we’re working on them now and we’ll publish them tomorrow.

      Best wishes


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