New "Hi" bus service for Houghton Regis

Grant Palmer Limited, Bedfordshire’s family-owned bus company since 1999 is launching a new direct busway service for residents in the Bidwell West development.
From 28th March 2022, the new “Hi” service will operate 7 days a week, with an hourly service Monday to Saturday and a two-hourly service on Sundays and Bank Holidays. This innovative service has been developed in partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council to provide a service from Houghton Regis North to Dunstable and Luton via the guided busway. The service will be funded by housing developer funding. 

The guided busway provides smooth and comfortable journeys with congestion-busting relief for customers- avoiding Luton’s busiest roads by using the longest urban guideway in the world. 

Customers can benefit from capped weekly and monthly travel- a week’s bus travel is capped at £14.00 when paying using a contactless card. The Grant Palmer app has bus times, journey planning and live bus tracking to give customers reassurance and up to the minute information. 

Thomas Manship, Executive Assistant for Grant Palmer Ltd said, “Our current network of busway services have been extremely popular- indeed since 2016 we have grown passenger numbers by 300%. Our simple approach of clean buses, friendly drivers and punctual service has accelerated our reputation as the busway’s premier operator. 

“We have proudly operated on the Luton and Dunstable guided busway since it’s opening in 2013. Our new busway service will provide connections to education, leisure and healthcare for our customers in Houghton Regis. We can’t wait to say Hi and meet our new customers”. 

The new bus service uses Section 106 developer contribution money, and Central Bedfordshire Council awarded the new service contract to Grant Palmer, a long-standing bus service provider across Central Bedfordshire.

Councillor Ian Dalgarno, Executive Member for Community Services, said, “We are thrilled to provide a new bus service to the residents in the north of Houghton Regis.

“Public transport is an important service to many people and despite the impact, the pandemic has had on passenger numbers, we remain committed to prioritising bus services and new routes across Central Bedfordshire.”

For further information about Grant Palmer visit their website