Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Arriva Bus Services From April 13th 2015

From the 13th April 2015.

As a result of an extensive project into the bus network across Luton, Dunstable and Houghton Regis Arriva made changes to bus services across the conurbation in April.

A summary of the Arriva changes which affect Houghton Regis are listed below.

Route 38 between Houghton Regis Dog & Duck to all stops to Luton was discontinued. Passengers should now use Busway Routes A or Z. 

A replacement 38 and 38D service is operated by Arriva as a contract to Central Bedfordshires Council linking Houghton Regis, Houghton Road, Salters Way and Dunstable (Asda). This will operate Mondays to Saturdays (not evenings). A circuitous route around Parkside, Tithe Farm, Houghton Road, High Street North, Dunstable Ashton Square and back again. Only the 38D calls at Dog & Duck. Only the 38 calls at Salters Way. http://www.arrivabus.co.uk/south-east/services/38-38D/

Route 39 linking Parkside Dog & Duck, L & D Hospital, Luton was withdrawn. Passengers should use new Route Z.

Busway Route A – there were minor changes to times. Coming from Dunstable, the A connects at Parkside Neptune Square/Dolphin Drive with new Route Z, and from there goes to L&D Hospital and Luton. Passengers can stay on the same bus as it changes from Route number A to route number Z at Parkside Dog & Duck. Coming back, The Z changes into the A at Neptune Square/Dolphin Drive. http://www.arrivabus.co.uk/south-east/services/a---luton-to-houghton-regis/?direction=outbound

New Busway Route Z – Parkside Neptune Square/Dolphin Drive, Lewsey Farm, L & D Hospital, Busway, Luton. This links with Busway A as detailed above. This replaced route 39, but operates fast between L & D Hospital and Luton via the Busway. http://www.arrivabus.co.uk/south-east/services/z/

Route 24 which links Dunstable, Katherine Drive, Lewsey, Leagrave, Marsh Farm, Barnfield College and Luton now operates only between Dunstable and Marsh Farm. This service  operates hourly (currently every 30 minutes Mondays to Fridays; every hour on Saturdays). http://www.arrivabus.co.uk/south-east/services/24---luton-town-centre-to-dunstable/?direction=outbound

Route 31 links Dunstable, Luton Road, L&D Hospital, Bury Park, Luton, and also serves Luton Interchange to provide a better link at Luton Rail Station http://www.arrivabus.co.uk/south-east/services/31---luton-to-dunstable/?direction=outbound

Route 31 was withdrawn on Sundays to Totternhoe, Eaton Bray, Whipsnade Zoo, Kensworth, Studham. These villages will no longer have a Sunday service.

Route 70 was extended from Leighton Buzzard to Milton Keynes on Sundays. This and Route F70 already serve Milton Keynes on Mondays to Saturdays. This means there is now a service every day from Dunstable to Milton Keynes. http://www.arrivabus.co.uk/south-east/services/70---f70-luton-to-mk/?direction=outbound

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Historical Data


26/1/2015 Concerned users of the Arriva 38 Bus Service set up their own Facebook Group. They are worried about upheavals being caused by Arriva, due to start in April this year. The company plan to replace the 38 with the A service (that runs on the busway), and a new Z service that will run between Dolphin Drive in Houghton Regis and Luton town centre via Wheatfield Rd surgery and L&D Hospital. Several readers of HRND have pointed out that this change will mean 2 buses for them, and no services to take them to All Saints Academy or the Council offices in High Street North, for example. https://www.facebook.com/groups/395896717254371/


30/1/2015 Cllr Alan Winter has written to Linsey Frostick, Regional Marketing Manager for Arriva, about the proposals.
The areas of concern in Houghton Regis are:
1. Will the "Z" just change the number to "A" at the Dog & Duck, or will people have to get off one bus and wait for another?
REPLY:– The current plan is that the A will change into the Z at Parkside so no change of bus is required and through tickets will be available

2. How will people get from Parkside and Tithe Farm to All Saints Academy and High Street North?
REPLY:– We are still looking at this as part of the feedback received so far.

3. There is a suggestion that a tendered service, 58, will serve covering point 2. As it's not clear at present where exactly it will run, and how often, people are nervous that it might not meet their needs.
REPLY:– I do not think the tender has been issued [by CBC] yet.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

It's 7am until 2am for Local off Licence in Bedford Square

Nevil Food & Wine have a premises  licence to sell alcohol in Bedford Square. The licensing authority, are Central Bedfordshire Council, who state that notices were placed for 28 days on the premises and a copy was published in a local paper, and on CBC website, as well as notifying CBC councillors.
The licence was granted on 4th February.
No statutory consultees had any representations and CBC received none from other persons. The licensing period runs from 7am until 2am.
The store previously traded as "J&S Image".
The Houghton Regis Town Council is not a statutory consultee.
A list of current licensed premises for Houghton Regis can be found here:
CBC website (pdf file)

Friday, 17 April 2015

Balfour Beatty Construction Get the Contract To Build The #WoodsideLink

The contract to construct the Woodside Link road has now been awarded to Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK. Central Bedfordshire Council authorised the contract award at a meeting of its Executive on 31 March 2015.

The 1.8-mile Woodside Link road will connect the Porz Avenue / Park Road North / Poynters Road roundabout to a new M1 motorway junction 11a; it will link to the A5-M1 Link (currently under construction) and to Sundon Road; and it will serve proposed housing and business developments.

The Woodside Link is scheduled to open in autumn 2016.

Central Beds Council dedicated Woodside Link webpage has been updated.

Central Beds - 90% of Pupils to Get First Preference School

More than 90 per cent of children starting school across Central Bedfordshire in September have been granted their first preference.

Today (16 April) is National Primary Offer Day, when pupils across the country discover where they will be starting school after the summer holidays.

Here, 92.5 per cent of the 3,304* pupils who applied to start their education at a lower or primary school in Central Bedfordshire for the 2015/16 academic year were granted their first preference.

Of those that didn’t, 3.9 per cent got their second preference, one per cent achieved their third preference and the remaining 2.6 per cent will be allocated an alternative school which has places available.

Helen Redding, the council’s Assistant Director School Improvement, said: “I am delighted that so many pupils have been granted their first preference for September despite the challenges of an increasing population.

“Every child in Central Bedfordshire should be able to attend a good, local school which is why we are spending more than £100million to create 6,500 new places over the next five years.”

For more information about school admissions and transfers, visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/admissions or email admissions@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk