Statement for the Mayor regarding bus services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
The loss of the X5 bus service was a real blow for the residents of St Neots, so I was delighted when I had the opportunity earlier this week to meet with Stagecoach East to raise this as an issue along with other local transport challenges faced by residents and business across the region.
I welcome the changes to the Cambridgeshire timetables which have been announced and will come into place from this Sunday (20 June 2021). This includes the revision of the 905 bus service timetable which links St Neots to Cambridge via Cambourne, by increasing the frequency of Saturday service to every 30 minutes and extending the timetable during week days to provide additional options for user to travel later in the day.
It’s good to see co-operative working, and the willingness to listen and take into account the feedback and wishes of communities across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough by Stagecoach and seeing they can provide positive solutions.
My desire to develop an improved bus network for the future has never been stronger. I see these changes as the first steps towards improved bus services for all our market towns as well as our cities.
Improving the frequency and providing a reliable service which extends into the weekend means that more people will be able to head into places like Cambridge for employment, hospital appointments or to shop and catch up with friends and family.
Creating more frequent services will hopefully encourage more people out of their cars and onto the bus too.