Huntingdonshire bus routes could go in shake-up of services
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Villagers in west and south Huntingdonshire could be the biggest losers in a shake-up of buses in Cambridgeshire.
The county council is reviewing subsidised bus routes in its Cambridgeshire Future Transport project, with changes to services planned to start in January next year.
As part of the scheme, the 400 service between Grafham and Huntingdon will no longer stop at Keyston, Molesworth, Catworth, Brington, Old Weston and Leighton Bromswold.
Under the proposals, the first four of those villages, plus Alconbury and the Stukeleys, will also not be served by buses numbered 401-409.
Huntingdonshire Association for Community Transport (HACT) is said to be able to provide an alternative option.
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Upton will be served by the 46A. The route, which starts in Huntingdon, will also be extended to Serpentine Green to offer onward travel to Peterborough.
The 415, between Upwood and Peterborough, will remain as it is.
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Villagers have until the end of the month to raise objections. After which, the county council will put out a tender before Councillor Ian Bates, chairman of the Economic and Environment Committee, and the county’s head of transport sign the changes off in December.
Daniel Green, chairman of Catworth Village Council, told The Hunts Post: “We are aware of the changes to the buses and of course it is a loss to the village not to have a service but the bus was not used by many people from here.
“We are trying to now get as many people to sign up to the HACT service as possible.”
To the east, the number 2 bus is proposed to combine with the 8, 9 and 15 services with peak journeys between Swavesey and Madingley Road Park and Ride, either incorporating Caldecote or not.
The subsidy for the Saturday 3 bus, from Papworth St Agnes to Huntingdon, looks to be withdrawn, leaving Papworth St Agnes, Graveley, Yelling and Toseland without a bus service. A snapshot week of the service showed most passengers used the bus during the week, rather than a Saturday, and only half of the buses carried passengers.
Around St Ives, the Holywell stop could be withdrawn from route 21, the 22 and the 31 are also being discussed and a second working group meeting is set to take place this month.
INFORMATION: To comment on the proposals, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 0345 045 0675 or write to Cambridgeshire Future Transport, Passenger Transport Service, Cambridgeshire County Council, Shire Hall CC1301, Cambridge, CB3 0AP.
For more details on the scheme, visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/cft.