Friday, 3 May 2013

All Change On The Local Buses

A new bus service for the area will make it possible for people in Houghton Regis to travel directly to Morrisons, Asda, and Sainsbury. The new 74 bus starts on 13th May with several journeys a day possible. Shown below is the provisional timetable for part of the service; different schedules apply to Wednesdays and Saturdays. Some routes have been cut, and others enhanced. The 38 service is not affected by these proposals.

Centrebus Route X31 Flitwick - Harlington - Westoning - Toddington - Tebworth - Wingfield - Dunstable - Luton (from 7th May)
This service will no longer serve Flitwick and Westoning - passengers should use Grant Palmer route 42.
This service will no longer serve Tebworth and Wingfield - buses will operate direct via A5120 between Toddington and Houghton Regis. Passengers from Tebworth and Wingfield should use new Community bus 74.
Most buses which currently terminate in Toddington will be extended to Harlington.
Except for one early morning journey, there will be no Saturday service serving Toddington (there will be one return journey on Community Bus 74)
 
Centrebus route X31 is a commercial service, with some funding by CBC for journeys to Tebworth and Wingfield. This funding has been replaced by LSTF funding for new community route 74.
 
Centrebus Route X31 Leighton Buzzard - Eggington - Hockcliffe - Dunstable - Luton (from 7th May)
This commercial  peak hour variation is being withdrawn, except for one morning journey starting in Hockcliffe to Dunstable/ Luton. Our surveys on these journeys have shown very poor usage (1 - 3 passengers). Passengers from Leighton Buzzard should use Arriva route 70.
Centrebus X31 will continue to operate Milton Keynes - Hockcliffe - Dunstable - Luton (this is partly financed by CBC and Milton Keynes Council)
 
Community Route 71 Leighton Buzzard - Billington - Eaton Bray - Totternhoe - Salters Way/ French's Avenue - Dunstable
 This subsidised route is withdrawn after 10th May  . New Community route 74 (details below) replace journeys to Salters Way. Journeys between Leighton Buzzard and North Dunstable were very poorly used. Red Kite route 73 provides a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday service between Totternhoe and Leighton Buzzard
 
Community Route 72 Barton-le-Clay - Streatley - Sundon - Chalton - Houghton Regis - Dunstable
 This subsidised route is replaced by new community route 74 (details below) from 13th May
 
Community Route 74 Dunstable - Houghton Regis - Wingfield - Tebworth - Toddington - Chalton - Sundon - Houghton Regis - Dunstable. Some journeys to Streatley and Barton-le-Clay (from 13th May)
 
New South Beds Dial-a-Ride service Mondays - Fridays and Saturday Mornings (financed by Local Sustainable Transport Fund).
This service also serves Salters Way/ French's Avenue area of Dunstable, replacing previous routes 71/72
This service provides peak journeys for the first time for Wingfield and Tebworth, and serves Houghton Regis UTC and Central Bedfordshire College.
 
 
Timetable information is on CBC website.