COMMUTERS and students travelling from Huntingdonshire to Cambridge could be hit by plans to axe a bus service. The X14 Huntingdon-Cambridge Science Park service is one of nine routes on a hitlist drawn up by Cambridgeshire County Council as it looks to s

COMMUTERS and students travelling from Huntingdonshire to Cambridge could be hit by plans to axe a bus service.

The X14 Huntingdon-Cambridge Science Park service is one of nine routes on a hitlist drawn up by Cambridgeshire County Council as it looks to save £300,000.

The Stagecoach-run service runs on weekdays from Hinchingbrooke Hospital to Cambridge Science Park, stopping in Huntingdon, St Ives and Fenstanton and at Cambridge Regional College.

Another route under threat is the 436 Somersham-Huntingdon bus, which is a former Huntingdon and District service now operated by Stagecoach.

The County Council says the routes are under-used, with an average of just six passengers on the X14 service and eight on the 436. This means the public pays £12.14 for every passenger journey on the X14 and £7.15 on the Somersham route.

County Councillor Matt Bradney, cabinet member for growth and infrastructure, said: "No-one likes to make the tough decisions to reduce or withdraw any bus service.

"We are in the horrible position of having to make savings to fund other services which the Council provides.

"The routes we are looking to withdraw have only two to eight passengers. We simply cannot sustain bus services which only a handful of people use."

A six-week consultation period begins on Saturday, August 16, and runs until September 26. A final decision on the future of the services will be made in November, with the changes coming into effect in January 2009.

The other threatened services are the 196 Waterbeach-Cambridge route, the 10 between Cambridge and Newmarket, the 2 from Cambridge-Caldecote, the 115-117 service around Ely, the WHF at Wisbech, the 213 from Ely-Bury St Edmunds and the 46/47 from Ashley-Newmarket.

INFORMATION: To have your say on the proposals, e-mail passenger.transport@cambridgeshire.gov.uk , call 01223 714005 or fax 01223 717789.