Changes to Bus routes to Help Kempston Residents
Bedford Borough Council, working in partnership with Grant
Palmer, is delighted to announce changes to the 68 service to
improve services for Kempston residents.
Following a commercial decision to make changes to two services
for Kempston, the Council received a petition from residents
concerned there was no longer a link between Ampthill Road and
Kempston Road. Since then, officers from Bedford Borough Council
have been working closely with councillors for Cauldwell and Grant
Palmer in an attempt to find a solution to the issue.
The number 68 route, operated by Grant Palmer and introduced
earlier this year to serve Stewartby, will now be slightly rerouted
as it travels through Kempston. It will run via Bunyan Road and
Spring Road and will also loop via Henderson Way to serve the bus
stop on Elstow Road, which is no longer used by the number 1
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Together with
local councillors I have been working to find a solution to the
needs of those Kempston residents who have suffered from the
cancellation of their bus service. Working together with Grant
Palmer, we believe we have delivered a solution which addresses
many of the residents concerns.
Councillor Sue Oliver, Ward Member for Cauldwell, said: “This is
a triumph of councillors, officers and Grant Palmer listening to
residents and working together for the good of local people. This
new service goes some way to filling the missing link created by
the cancellation of the previous bus service and provides regular
bus services for local residents which they can use to get to work,
school and into Kempston town centre.
“Grant Palmer has done an excellent job of putting the service
back into bus service and I am sure local residents will welcome
Grant Palmer, added: “I am delighted we have been able to find a
solution to help the people affected by the recent bus changes in
Kempston and Cauldwell.
“Furthermore, under 16’s will travel for free on Saturdays and
throughout the school holidays. I look forward to working for the
people of Kempston and Cauldwell in the New Year.”
The service will start on 4th January 2011.