March 16, 2023
The three Cambridgeshire bus routes at risk of ending
The authority will decide next week whether to find new providers for the three bus services. Group 28 Sign up to our free email newsletter to receive the latest BREAKING news and daily roundups Invalid email Something went wrong, please try again later. Sign Up No thanks, close We use your sign-up to provide content in the ways you've consented to and improve our understanding of you. This means that we may include adverts from us and third parties based on our knowledge of you. We also may change the frequency you receive our emails from us in order to keep you up to date and give you the best relevant information possible. As always you can unsubscribe at any time. More info Group 28 Thank you for subscribing! We have more newsletters Show Me No thanks, close See our Privacy Notice Three bus services could end if new providers are not found, after the current bus companies announced plans to hand back the contracts to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority. A2B has told the authority that it will be surrendering two bus routes, the route 46, which runs once a week between Linton and Newmarket, and the route 15 which runs once a week between Haslingfield and Royston. Whippet has also informed the Combined Authority that it will be surrendering the route 61/61X contract, the Eynesbury Texco to St Neots Circular. A report presented to the transport and infrastructure committee this week (March 15) said officers had looked at whether the existing contract with Ting - an ‘Uber style’ demand responsive transport service - could be used to compensate for the loss of the 61/61X route. However, it said it was decided there was “insufficient capacity on that service to cater for the additional customers and provide the desired service to more rural areas”. The Combined Authority’s Board will be asked next week (March 22) to agree for the authority to ask for quotes for replacement contracts for the services. Read more: Roads for 1,200 home estate on edge of Cambridge agreed If the Board does not agree to retender the services, Tim Bellamy, the interim head of transport, said the route 61/61X would come to an end on Friday, March 24, and the other two services would end at some point in April. Councillor Anna Smith, chair of the committee, said there was “real concern” about the routes and said the authority needed to “ensure we do not lose routes that are vital for residents”. The committee could not make a formal recommendation to the Board to retender the routes, due to not enough members attending on the day, but the councillors present said they supported the decision. READ MORE: Roads for 1,200 home estate on edge of Cambridge agreed Two 'failing' 1960s Cambridge blocks of flats set to be demolished and rebuilt Extra ‘transformative pod homes’ planned for rough sleepers in Cambridge New 'woodland plaza' planned in 6,500 home Waterbeach Barracks development Cambridge needs Airbnb crackdown on 'uncontrolled conversions' in council's policy blueprint Story Saved You can find this story in My Bookmarks. Or by navigating to the user icon in the top right. Follow CambridgeLive Facebook Twitter Comment More On Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Cambridgeshire
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