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Lifeline Peterborough to Stamford Bus Route Restored


Lifeline Peterborough to Stamford Bus Route Restored

A vital bus route will be restored from June 3rd after Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Mayor Dr Nik Johnson and Deputy Mayor Anna Smith stepped in to help.

The route runs from Stamford to Peterborough and back, stopping at Wittering, Wansford, Ailsworth, Castor and Longthorpe.

The Mayor and his Deputy were taken on a tour by a bus campaign group to Wittering, Castor, Ailsworth and Wansford in September last year to speak to residents and hear the negative impact of isolation the villagers face. This included a £25 cost of taxis to get to medical appointments

Following the visit, Mayor Dr Nik Johnson and Cllr Anna Smith worked with Combined Authority Officers to find a way to restore this route, preventing communities along the it from becoming isolated.

Stagecoach have been appointed to run the route.

A meeting was held with Wittering residents on Friday 10th May to discuss the details of the new route further, with the launch to commence on 3rd June.

Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough said Dr Nik Johnson said: “I know how important good quality public transport is for so many of our residents, which is why we at the combined authority have been working hard to find a way to get this bus route working again, and I’m delighted to announce that it will return in the coming weeks.”

Other improvements made by the Combined Authority include 30 new and improved routes to be introduced later this year thanks to the money received from the Mayoral Precept.

Under 25s in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough can now apply for a special ‘Tiger’ bus pass offering £1 fares as part of the Combined Authority’s work to revamp public transport in the region.

The lower fares are aimed at helping young people get around the region more affordably, to places of education and training, jobs, shopping, seeing friends and family, and more.

To apply, which is free of cost to the cardholder visit www.cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk/onepoundbusfare.