Changes to rural bus services
A number of changes to rural bus services in Bedford Borough
will come into effect from Monday 23rd July 2012.
During 2011, Bedford Borough Council re-tendered its rural
transport network. Following this, the Council has been in
regular contact with bus operators, passengers and passenger groups
such as the Bedford Area Bus Users Society to ensure the services
are running as efficiently as possible.
Councillor Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for the Environment
and Transport, said: “At a time when many other local authorities
are drastically reducing their support for rural transport, Bedford
Borough Council is continuing to subsidise routes across the
borough. We know rural services are a vital link for many
local residents across our rural communities.
“The changes to a number of services are being introduced
following discussions with bus operators, users and passenger
groups and will help to ensure our rural services are as efficient
as possible while continuing to provide a vital link for those who
rely on these services.
“We will continue to monitor all services and have already
planned further meetings with rural communities to ensure bus
services meet the needs of the communities they serve.”
Summary of Changes:
Service 22 - The BB1 service will be renumbered
as 22. The timetable is unchanged except that on Saturdays,
an additional journey has been provided which will serve Knotting,
Melchbourne and Yelden
Service 25 - No change
Service 26 – The 15.55 Saturday and School
Holiday Only service will now start at Sharnbrook as it does on a
Service will now additionally serve Knotting/Melchbourne and Yelden
with one additional single and one additional return journey Monday
to Friday. An additional stop for Souldrop has been
introduced in the afternoon.
Service 27 - The 17.25 from Bedford (currently
runs only Monday to Friday) has been removed. As Cedar Coaches
provide a service at 17:30 which serves all villages on route
except Willington Loop and Great Barford. Willington
Crossroads has 2 journeys per hour on service 73. Great
Barford has 2 journeys per hour on service X5.
Service 28 - Following discussion with
passengers, the 17:45 Journey is re-scheduled to 17:39.
Service 29 – Will now run Thursdays only.
Leaving Pavenham at 08:40am and arriving St Neots at 09:40am.
The number of passengers travelling on the service was very low
with an average of less than 3 passengers per day, except on
Thursdays which is market day in St Neots. Prior to August 2012,
the communities served by the 29 either had no direct service to St
Neots or only a single journey once a week on Thursdays.
Service 30 - Now covered by new service 22 on
Saturdays and service 26 on weekdays
Service BB1 - BB1 will be re-name service 22 -
Timetable will remain the same as present except that on a Saturday
the service will now extend to start at Yelden serving Melchbourne
and Knotting allowing the residents just over 4 hours in
Service 30- Monday to Friday service will be
amalgamated into service 26 which will now serve Knotting,
Melchbourne and Yelden. The service will serve the villages daily
Monday to Friday and allow passengers 2 hours in Rushden. On
a Saturday, the service will be provided by new service 22
Service 44 - Two additional early morning
journeys and 2 additional evening journeys. These additional
journeys will also serve the rail station. These commuter
journeys are being funded by S106 funding from Wixams.