Cambs: bus services suffer as Cambs council cuts start to bite

MANY bus fares have gone up as operator Stagecoach starts to compensate for Cambridgeshire County Council’s withdrawal of subsidies from services it previously supported.

Some single and return fares have increased, and new prices for our multi-journey tickets Dayrider �3.50, Megarider �12 for seven days, Dayrider Plus �5.40, Megarider Plus �21.50 for seven days and Family Dayrider Plus �6.

Townrider tickets in St Neots will be �1.90 per day, and in Huntingdon a Townrider will now be �3 per day.

The prices of four-week and quarterly Megariders have also gone up. New return fares for Cambridge park-and-ride are �2.40 from the ticket machine, or �2.70 on the bus. Trumpington to Addenbrooke’s Hospital return on route A will be �2.20.

Route changes include: service 15 Cambridge-Fenstanton evening council contract discontinued; 18 Caxton – Cambridge 6.42pm Caxton-Cambridge dropped; changes to 30 Ramsey-Huntingdon, including a change of route in Huntingdon that will see buses serve Tesco and Sapley on all journeys, and evening and Sunday services discontinued; minor changes to 31 Ramsey-Peterborough and 35 March-Huntingdon;

45 St Ives-Huntingdon service extended to Hinchingbrooke Hospital and 8.05 and 9.05pm Huntingdon-St Ives buses no longer run; minor changes to 46 Peterborough-Huntingdon service, including deletion of 7.50pm Peterborough-Huntingdon, 10.50pm Peterborough-Sawtry and 6.58pm Sawtry-Peterborough).

There have been minor changes to St Neots town services (61-64), and the 65/66 St Neots-Huntingdon now runs every hour between Huntingdon bus station, Brampton and St Neots (there were three buses an hour a few years ago, and it is now two-hourly through Little Paxton or Great Paxton). In St Neots, most buses continue to Eaton Socon. Stagecoach will no longer operate the 67 St Neots-Southoe service. The 400/401 Keyston/Grafham-Huntingdon service has been taken over by Whippet Coaches.