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Mayor announces investment in rural bus services

Bedford Mayor, Dave Hodgson, has announced a further investment in rural bus services which will see existing services saved, new routes opened and increased services in some rural areas.

 

Following the announcement in June that Cedars Coaches would cease operating the 151 and 152 bus services, this decision ensures the continuation of services to Riseley, Thurleigh and Bletsoe as well as other villages currently served. In addition to this, there will also be a new service operating to Abbey Fields, Elstow, and improved services to Woodlands Park, Ravensden.

 

After evaluation of a number of proposals, Bedford Borough Council will work with Grant Palmer Limited to extend the current rural network to provide early morning and evening commuter journeys plus hourly buses during the day to Woodlands Park, and a new hourly service to meet the needs of residents in Abbey Fields.

 

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “At a time when many other local authorities are reducing support for local buses services, we are investing in bus services which are a lifeline in our rural communities. I am delighted that we have been able to cover the rural areas currently served by the 151 and 152 bus services, improve services to Woodlands Park, in Ravensden, and provide a new service to Abbey Fields, Elstow.”

 

A spokesman for Grant Palmer Limited added: "We know how much these buses are valued by people of all ages but particularly older residents and those with mobility problems. We are sure that the changes to our existing rural network will be sufficient to meet the needs of the residents of the villages of North Bedfordshire and that the new services to Woodlands Park and Abbey Fields will be a welcome addition to the network.”

 

Service changes and new services will come into affect on 2nd September; revised timetables will be published shortly and will be made available on the Council website:  http://www.bedford.gov.uk/transport_and_streets/public_transport/timetables_and_maps.aspx

 and Grant Palmer website www.grantpalmer.com

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