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The Travel West Sussex Journey Planner has been designed to help you get about West Sussex quickly and efficiently. Use it to get directions, timetable information and compare journeys by foot, cycle, driving and public transport. The planner is designed to plan journeys starting, ending or within West Sussex.

The planner has been optimised for use on smart phones and tablets as well as PCs and Macs. It will work with Chrome, Firefox and Safari browsers and Internet Explorer version 8 and above although operates best with the latest IE11.

Note that if you have an Android phone it must running version 4 or higher.

If you have any comments or suggestions about the planner please let us know by sending us an e-mail.


1. Select your Start and End Points

There are two ways to plan your journey; left click on the map to select a start or end point or type in an address,postcode or point of interest.

When using the text boxes enter as much detail as possible and select the correct address from the list. Alternatively just left click on the map. You can also move the 'pin' at any time by clicking and dragging it to a new location and your journey will be automatically updated.

TOP TIP! – PC users – did you know you can scroll up and down the journey details or zoom in and out of the map just by using the wheel on your mouse?

You can reverse the start and end points by pressing the button.

Now select your departure or arrival time and date. The planner will show public transport services up to three weeks in advance


2. Advanced Options

Advanced options are available by clicking on the arrow next to “Advanced Options”.

These options will help the journey planner return the most appropriate information based on your requirements. You can change the default settings to customise the type of Walking, Public Transport, Cycling and Driving journeys that are displayed. You can even change miles to kilometres depending on how you would prefer your journeys to be displayed. For further details see the sections below on Walking, Cycling, Public Transport and Driving.



3. Viewing the Results

The planner will show you all means of reaching your destination and will provide you with one walking, cycling or driving route and up to five public transport itineraries depending on your selections. Click on the summary bars to view detailed directions.




The colour coded faces provide an indication of how many calories you can burn making the journey and the level of CO2 emissions generated. Hover over the face to view the detailed information.



In the detailed directions, click on the step to view a particular journey leg on the map. When you click on a public transport leg live departure information will be displayed on the map.



TOP TIP! – you can go back and select a different result or change the journey start or end point by clicking on the 2:Options or 1:Plan tabs.


4. Walking

Walking routes will, where possible, take you along public footpaths and avoid busy roads.

In the advanced options you can customise the walk routes returned depending on how far you are willing to walk and how fast you can walk (so the journey times can be adjusted for you).


5. Cycling

The journey planner will provide a route based on your choice:

• Balanced - - The most practical for the average cyclist who wants to get there quick-ish, and is happy to dismount for short sections

• Quietest - Avoids busy roads where possible, more likely to require walking for some sections

• Fastest - More likely to use busier roads

You can also adjust the cycle speed and how far you are willing to cycle (so the journey times can be adjusted for you).

The journey planner knows the Sustrans National Cycle Network (shown as NCN in the directions) and will avoid hills where possible.

If you decide to follow any suggested journey please take extra care on unfamiliar sections; proceed at your own risk (route quality cannot be guaranteed). The information is provided and updated by CycleStreets. Please contact them directly with any feedback on cycle routing.


6. Driving

In the advanced options you can select whether to display the quickest or shortest driving route. By default the planner shows the quickest driving route and will prioritise main and trunk roads where possible. Expected journey times will vary depending on peak or off peak conditions.

The indicative journey costs take into account the capital cost of the vehicle, maintenance, insurance, tax and fuel. However don’t forget to add the cost of parking.

Car Share

Alternatively why not split the cost of driving by car sharing? Our Liftshare scheme is westsussexcarshare.com and this allows you to identify other people making similar journeys who would be open to car sharing. For your driving journey the planner will search the Liftshare database for a match and display them on the map. It will show you who is looking for a lift as well as those who are offering them. Simply click on a result to find out more information and to see their route. If they look like a good match, click more information to be redirected to the West Sussex Car Share page to sign up.

Car Club

Car clubs operate in Chichester and Horsham. These provide members of the car club to use a car for as little as an hour without the hassle of owning a vehicle. The location of the car club cars are displayed on the map with the following symbol.

If you wish to turn off the car club information please use the button at the top right of the screen.

While the car club is not provided as an option in the journey planner, you may wish to consider this option if you are unable to reach your destination by public transport and do not own a vehicle or wish to drive the whole way. Click the link for further information on the car clubs.


7. Public Transport

The planner will show public transport journeys by both bus and train. The information is sourced directly from Traveline. If you believe any information is incorrect please let them know via their contact form.

In the advanced options section you can choose whether you would prefer the quickest public transport journey or one which minimises changes.

TOP TIP! – due to the nature of the branch line rail network in West Sussex, you will likely need to choose “quickest” journey in order to display rail results.

You can also select how long you are willing to walk to reach your public transport stop or station. The choices are: 5, 10, 20 or 30 minutes.

Real time departure information is provided by NextBuses and National Rail Enquiries.

If you are making more than one journey it is often cheaper to purchase a day ticket. Ticketing information can be found on the relevant operator websites.


Have you considered cycling to your local railway station to catch the train? Provided you are within 5km of a train station, the journey planner will show you how to get to your nearest station and then put you on a train to your destination. If there is a walk or a bus to catch at the other end, it will provide you with necessary details. Please note, the planner assumes you leave your bike at the origin station as we cannot guarantee there will be space on the train.


8. How are my results calculated?

The journey results provided are based on the information you input and show suggested routes you can take across West Sussex. It calculates the distance, time, cost, carbon emissions and calories for walking, cycling and driving and calculates time, carbon emissions and calories for public transport journeys. For further information on the cost of public transport journeys please visit the operator’s website.

Calorie Calculations

Calorie calculations are based upon a person weighing 160 lbs:

• Walking at a speed of 3 mph is approx 75 calories burnt per mile.

• Cycling at a speed of 12 mph is approx 60 calories burnt per mile.

The formula used to caluclate calories is:

(MET's * 3.5 * weight(Kg)/200) * timeMin

where the MET value is the metabolic equivalent. The more intense the exercise, the higher the MET value.

Carbon emission calculations

For driving a typical road car the carbon emissions are calculated as 0.4Kg carbon emissions per mile.

For public transport the carbon emissions are approximately 50-80% less per person compared to driving.

Costs calculations

The costs are estimated for car journeys only and is based on the cost per km including the cost of the car, maintenance, insurance, tax and fuel costs, etc.

Please note these calculations are approximations only.


9. Printing out a Journey

If you need a printed summary of your journey press and follow the instructions.


10. Saving Journeys

You can save any journey by pressing the icon and then typing in a name.

Next time you use the planner you will see a link to your saved journeys at the top of the 1:Plan screen. Just select the journey you wish to make and the details will be automatically filled in for you.


11. Sharing Journeys

You can share a journey by pressing the icon and selecting where to share the information.


12. About the Journey Planner and Mapping

The map for walking, cycling and driving routes uses data from OpenStreetMap. This is the ‘Wikipedia’ of maps that can be edited and updated by anyone. If you see something on the map that looks incorrect or is missing you can edit it yourself by signing up and getting involved. Note that it may take up to a couple of months for new map data to be included in the planner results.

13. Extended Cycle Journeys

The maximum distance this journey planner will accept for cycle journeys, but sometimes you want to plan longer cycle journeys (weekend/holiday cycle trips). To plan such journeys, you can head over to the West Sussex Cycle Journey Planner.

14. Cycle Streets Map

For more information about Cycle Streets, please visit their 'How To' pages.

If you are using the OpenCycleMap layer, a key for the map is available here.

Disclaimer: Please note, results from the Journey Planner that use the road network do not currently consider local delays due to road maintenance and works. Therefore results are based upon free flowing traffic conditions.