Monday, 16 February 2015

New Plan for Buses - From April 13th : A, Z, 38, and a 38D

Central Bedfordshire Council have announced their plans following the Arriva's announcements earlier this month. 

A spokesperson for the Council said, "We have drawn up plans for an alternative service, and held a tender exercise following a decision by Arriva to withdraw the existing 38 service. I am now pleased to advise the results of the tender for a new bus service.

"Arriva will be operating a new 38 and 38D service between Dunstable and Houghton Regis (Parkside). These routes will provide a half hourly service for a significant part of the day, Mondays to Fridays; hourly at other times. The new 38 will also serve the Salters Way area, providing a much better service for that part of town.

"Funding for these routes will come from new developments in Houghton Road and High Street North.


From 13th April 2015

Timetables: Excel file download


In Houghton Regis, buses on 38 will operate from Morrisons to The Chequers, then across to Parkside Drive (pass Hammersmith Gardens) to UTC then via Tithe Farm Road back to Morrisons (i.e. a one way loop)


Buses on 38D will do the same but in Parkside also serve the old Dog & Duck. (D = serves Dog & Duck, and Direct between Houghton Regis and Dunstable not serving Salters Way).

38/38A/38D/39

Existing Arriva services 38, 38A and 39 will be withdrawn in their current format. New Routes 38 and 38D will operate between Dunstable and Houghton Regis. Route 38 will also serve the French’s Avenue area of Dunstable.


New Route 38 will operate as follows: The Square, High Street South, High Street North, French's Avenue, Suncote Avenue, Sunbower Avenue, Salters Way, French's Avenue, High Street North, Houghton Road, High Street, The Green, East End, Parkside Drive, UTC, Sundon Road, Hillborough Crescent, Tithe Farm Road, High Street, Houghton Road, High Street North, French's Avenue, Suncote Avenue, Sunbower Avenue, Salters Way, French's Avenue, [The buses operate anticlockwise in this estate] High Street North, High Street South, The Square. 


New Route 38D will operate as follows: The Square, High Street South, High Street North, Houghton Road, High Street, The Green, East End, Parkside Drive, Dog & Duck, Parkside Drive, UTC, Sundon Road, Hillborough Crescent, Tithe Farm Road, High Street, Houghton Road, High Street North, High Street South, The Square. 

Routes 38 and 38D will operate Mondays to Saturdays (not evenings). For much of the day on Mondays to Fridays they will provide a combined half hourly service. At other times it will be hourly. Busway Route A will also operate between Houghton Regis and Dunstable. New Busway Route Z will operate between Houghton Regis and Luton. 

Busway A/Z

Changes have been made to the timetable for Busway Route A.  Buses on this route, coming from Luton Airport, Luton and Dunstable  will continue as  new Route Z from Parkside (Dog & Duck), via Lewsey Farm, L & D Hospital, Busway, Luton (Galaxy Centre), Luton Interchange.  Similarly buses on new Busway route Z from Luton Interchange, Luton Galaxy Centre, L&D Hospital, Lewsey Farm to Parkside (Dog & Duck) will continue as Busway route A to Dunstable, Luton and Luton Airport. 


Passengers do not have to change vehicle at Parkside (Dog & Duck). There will be through fares.

More changes can be found  http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/travelling/public-transport/