#AYearOfBuses29: The Regency Route
Connecting two Regency towns in the south of England, Brighton & Hove’s Regency Route is our pick for day 29 on #AYearOfBuses.
Wearing a striking purple and gold livery, double deckers run every 30 mins on the original Regency Route, the 29, between Brighton and Tunbridge Wells, and every 10 mins as route 28 to Lewes.
Named after the Regency heritage you’ll find in the architecture of both Brighton and Tunbridge Wells, Regency 29 follows a rail route closed by British Rail in the 1960s, connecting the two heritage railways which sprung up as a result – the Lavender Line and the Spa Valley Railway.
The Regency Route can be traced back to 1977, where it started as a branded service run by Southdown, part of the National Bus Company; since then, it’s passed through a number of operators including Stagecoach and Arriva, before Brighton & Hove began running solely during 2005.