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 on: August 20, 2018, 02:00:19 PM 
Started by PeterJW - Last post by Colin Franklin
In reply to the comments that Peter makes, the problem stems from the fact that the vehicles that operate the No 6 route to Brickhill also operate the No 5 to Elms Farm. Therefore, if a bus on the No 5 is delayed incoming to the Town Centre then it will run late when it operates the No 6. This is also the case vice versa.

 on: June 20, 2018, 03:23:51 PM 
Started by Suzy Scott - Last post by Suzy Scott
Bedford Area Bus Users Society

Newsletter 36 (Summer 2018) has been published today, and this includes our AGM 2018 notice. You can download the PDF from or view the Interactive version at

Our Annual General Meeting for 2018 will be held at Bedford Central Library on Saturday 7th July 2018. The AGM papers are in the centre pull-out section of the Newsletter, and can also be downloaded from the 2018 Annual General Meeting pages of our website (which will be uploaded later today).

In accordance with our Constitution, everyone will get a copy of the Newsletter/AGM papers, and a pink form to complete for Membership Renewals and GDPR consent. These are likely to be completed and posted out over the weekend of 23rd and 24th June 2018.
This is also the time of the year when almost everyone will be due membership for 2018/2019 – contact Simon Norton if unsure about anything to do with Membership Renewals and GDPR). This year, we also require some consent for us to contact you, in relation to GDPR. When you receive it (or see our main site for a PDF) please follow the steps on it carefully.

You can renew or join online right now (or once – just visit to pay by PayPal or Credit/Debit card. If you are due more than one year, simply add the relevant subscription to your cart as many times as you need (2,3,4 etc.) – we know what you mean!
Kind regards,
Mrs Suzy Scott
BABUS Communications Officer

 on: June 20, 2018, 03:22:11 PM 
Started by Suzy Scott - Last post by Suzy Scott
BABUS Annual General Meeting 2018 - more information below and at

 on: April 18, 2018, 06:17:43 PM 
Started by PeterJW - Last post by PeterJW
This is a 12 min frequency service through the day. On Wed 11 Apr there was a gap of circa 40 mins on departures from the Bus Station around 13 hrs. On Wed 18 Apr there was a gap around 45 mins on return services from Brickhill circa 15 hrs. Does anybody know (Colin?) what the problem is?

 on: April 01, 2018, 05:23:21 PM 
Started by Suzy Scott - Last post by Suzy Scott
Find out more about National Coach Times via our websites or the dedicated page at … quote code FOR2018 and get a fiver off when you spend £40 on anything on our website, over the next six weeks!

By very popular demand, they are back! It’s been a while since we’ve done a Express Coaches and Long Distance Bus Services guide, with a loose-leaf one under preparation for a while now! But, now that National Express have publicly allowed everyone access to their Coach Guide-style timetables, the project has taken renewed emphasis!

So, what do the books cover?
•   Express Coach Services
•   Rail Link Services
•   Long Distance Services
•   Airport and other Strategic Services (including some short connections where routes have been split or rationalised)
•   A few occasional routes that supplement the main network, like A14
… so we have a combined four volume set. This is bound permanently, not in an updatable ring binder this time round ! A little less information on Scotland is deliberate, as we’re looking at Passing Around Scotland covering this in more detail.

So, for now, this is an expanded version of our previous editions. Part 1 contains timetables and farecharts for National Express Services. Part 2 contains Megabus, Citylink, timetables, including those that Megabus sell through tickets to. Part 2, 3, 4 cover GreenLine, AirportBusExpress, EasyBus, New Bharat, Commonwealth Coaches, plus selected other bus and coach services. The latter are those where bus/train tickets, or bus/coach through tickets are offered, including those that appeared in the Other Operators part of NX Guide years ago. This section also includes those services that used to be part of the National Rail Timetable, largely those which connected airports or between lines. We also include other strategic services, as much as we can squeeze in!  If you’d like to find a list of services in each part, go to or drop us a line and we can post one to you!

In this guide, we have four books, see as follows;
Volume 1 (XC1) – National Express -
Volume 2 (XC2) – Megabus, Citylink, Other Services, 1 to 69 -
Volume 3 (XC3) – Other Services, 70 to Red Arrow -
Volume 4 (XC4) – Other Services, S1 to XL -

A4 parts – between 450 and 500 pages each. All include an Index to Places Served (covering all four volumes), while each part includes an Index to Services for the routes in that particular volume. Cover is 250micron laminated, and side bound.

Purchasing Options – a hard copy of each part, including UK postage/packing, will cost £45.00. Buy all four for £160.00 – saving £20.00 !

You can buy all four on CD or DVD for £40.00.

The books are in final stages of proofing, and will be sent out w/c 7th April 2018. We hope to have a few at the Enfield sale the previous Saturday.

 on: March 22, 2018, 07:12:39 PM 
Started by Suzy Scott - Last post by Suzy Scott
The Spring 2018 edition of the BABUS (Bedford Area Bus Users Society) Newsletter is now online, and ready for viewing. However, as we were about to close for press, we had news of some further changes happening, over and on top of the ten pages of changes we’ve had to report in Newsletter 35. So, with that in mind, we’ve put together a “Stop Press” of this information into a four page mini-Newsletter – or Supplement. 
Find the PDF’s and Interactive Versions all in our Newsletter Archive, at

 on: March 22, 2018, 07:11:31 PM 
Started by Suzy Scott - Last post by Suzy Scott
finally Batch 3 (well the 81)

 on: March 22, 2018, 07:10:02 PM 
Started by Suzy Scott - Last post by Suzy Scott
Attachments add Batch 2

 on: March 22, 2018, 07:06:11 PM 
Started by Suzy Scott - Last post by Suzy Scott
OK - Stagecoach have new timetables online for lots of their routes across East, but not much yet for Norfolk and Wisbech. The changes for Bedford (THESE ARE ATTACHED BELOW) are at the very end (I did this for BABUS Newsletter Spring 2018) and the rest I've not had the chance to digest... so see below and file attachments , which I've placed all in one place at...


From 15 April 2018, there will be changes to the following services:
Bedford - Route 1 / 2 / 5 / 6 / 9 / 41 / 42 / 53 / 81
Cambridge - Citi 2 / 4 / 6 / 7 / 8/X8 and Service 9/X9 / 10 / 11 + 12 / 13 /  16A / 18 / 26 / 206

Service Changes 1 April 2018
From 1 April 2018, there will be changes to the following services:
Peterborough - Citi 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 and Services 21 / 31 / 33 / 36 / 37 / 38 / 46 / 60 / 61 / 62 / 63
Fenstanton - The Busway
Saturday morning journeys on the Citi 2 between Waterbeach and Cambridge North Station have been withdrawn and have been replaced by a variation of the Service 9.
Timetable changes to Citi 4, Citi 6 and Citi 7 to improve the service reliability.
The X8 journey between March and Chatteris on Saturday morning has been withdrawn. A connection is available by using Service 35 to Chatteris to connect with the X8.

The Busway
There will be minor changes to the Saturday morning times (before 10:00). Buses will now operate every 15 minutes between St. Ives and Cambridge.

Multiple changes across the Peterborough network. The Citi 1, 2 and 3 will operate a slightly revised Saturday morning timetable, with further minor changes across the entire network to help improve reliability

From Monday 15th April 2018
Stagecoach Bedford Town Service 1 (Bus Station – South Wing Hospital – Kempston Loop) Monday – Friday services from 06.00 to 07.00 reduced from every 12 minutes to every 15 minutes. Saturday service reduced from 06.00 to 09.00 reduced from every 12 to every 30 minutes. No other timetable changes.
Stagecoach Bedford Park & Ride Town Service 2 (Bus Station – Ampthill Road – Elstow P&R) Monday – Saturday morning services from Bus Station at 07.54, 08.24, 08.54 (and returning 21 minutes later) now run Monday – Friday only, thus reducing the Saturday morning park & ride service rom every 15 to 30 minutes before 09.00.
Stagecoach Bedford Town Service 5 (Bus Station – Queens Drive – Elms Farm) Most buses will have an additional three or four minutes of running time (Monday – Saturday), this means the first bus from the Bus Station will leave three minutes earlier at 05.31. Still every 12 minutes during the day, but on Saturday mornings the service is reduced from every 12 minutes to every 30 minutes, up to the 08.58 from the bus station.
Stagecoach Bedford Town Service 6 (Bus Station – Gainsborough Rise – Brickhill) Early morning times (Monday – Friday) changed by a few minutes, as the service is reduced from every 12 to every 15 minutes, before the 07.15 from the Bus Station. Saturday service reduced from every 12 to every 15 minutes.
Stagecoach Bedford Town Service 9 (Bus Station – Mile Road – Shortstown) Saturday morning service reduced before 09.17 from Bus Station, from every 12 minutes to every 30 minutes.

Stagecoach in Bedford Service 41 (Bedford – Bromham – Stagsden or Northampton) 15.05, 16.05, 17.05 and 18.05 (Mon – Fri) from Bedford to Northampton will have revised running times throughout, and arriving Northampton five minutes later than now at 16.26, 17.26, 18.26 and 19.26 respectively.  Morning peak Monday-Friday 07.06 from Northampton is currently scheduled to arrive in Bedford at 08.29 on school holidays and 08.34 on school days, will now arrive five minutes earlier on school holidays. Return buses from Northampton after that from 08.49 to 17.49 will all leave five minutes earlier at 44 past, with some running time changes as far as Turvey, but the last two departing at the same from Northampton. Arrivals at Bedford after 16.32 (Mon – Fri) all scheduled to be five minutes later.
Saturdays – only change is that all return buses from Northampton will all leave five minutes earlier at 44 past, with some running time changes as far as Turvey.  Sundays – no changes. No changes to the service level (half-hourly to Bromham then hourly to Stagsden or Northampton).
Stagecoach in Bedford Service 42 (Bedford – Ampthill – Flitwick) Off peak running time increased, with a couple of early buses reduced in running time. 06.10 from Bedford leaves now 06.05 (Mon-Fri Only), but arrives Flitwick at the same time. 07.00 (Mon-Fri) from Bedford now arrives in Flitwick five minutes earlier. Off-peak, buses will continue to leave Bedford at 45 past the hour, but with revised running times to arrive in Flitwick five minutes later (Monday to Saturday – as will the 07.20 from Bedford Saturday which will leave Bedford five minutes earlier, but to arrive in Flitwick at the same time. 16.45 and 17.45 Mom-Sat from Bedford will arrive in Flitwick seven minutes later than now, while the 16.50 and 17.50 from Bedford (Saturday) will now arrive in Flitwick five minutes later.
Return services – 07.34 from Flitwick to Bedford (Mon-Fri) will now arrive at Bedford ten minutes earlier than now (no change to the Saturday 07.54 journey). Off peak buses will now run six minutes later throughout the route, with no extra running time. 17.30 and 18.30 from Flitwick (Sat) now run six minutes later throughout, with the three evening buses running 6-7 minutes later. No changes to the service level (hourly).
Stagecoach in Bedford Service 53 (Bedford – Wootton - Cranfield) Changes to running time throughout the day – arrivals in Wootton and Cranfield are three minutes later (seven minutes on some peak journeys) throughout. To accommodate this on the return leg too, buses back from Cranfield Uni are three minutes earlier at 20 past the hour, from Wootton similarly at 16, 36, 56 past the hour. No changes to the service level (every 20 minutes to Wootton, every hour to Cranfield).

Stagecoach in Bedford Service 81 (Bedford – Clophill – Luton) Revised running times. No changes to the first two daytime buses from Bedford to Luton on Mon-Fri or Sat (one-way journeys). Daytime buses from Bedford from 07.15 to 12.15 and 14.15 and 15.15 will have revised running times throughout the journey, arriving Luton five minutes later.  (13.15 will leave Bedford 15 minutes earlier, arrive Luton ten minutes earlier on weekdays only – Saturday will follow the main plan leaving 13.15 arriving 14.15). In the evening peak, buses leaving Bedford at 16.15 and 17.15 will leave Bedford 15 minutes later at 16.30 and 17.30, arriving Luton 25 minutes later at 17.45 and 18.45. The last two at 18.30 and 19.30 doesn’t change on Saturdays, but will arrive five minutes later during the week.
Services returning from Luton- first one at 07.30 from Luton will arrive into Bedford five minutes later, both Mon-Fri and Saturday. From 09.15 to 16.20 Mon-Sat all will leave Luton five minutes later, and will all arrive in Bedford ten minutes later). (This is except for the one currently leaving at Luton at 14.15 which will leave a 14.05/arrive 15.10 Mon-Fri, but will follow the daytime pattern on Saturday). The last two additional one-way journeys will leave from Luton five minutes later (now 21.25 Sat Only, 22.25 Mon-Fri and Sat, 23.25 Mon-Fri), all arriving Bedford ten minutes later than now. No changes to the service level (hourly).

EDIT: Attachments add Batch 1

 on: March 16, 2018, 09:10:41 AM 
Started by Suzy Scott - Last post by Suzy Scott
service 11 is set to be withdrawn end of this month

It always seemed unlikely that Great Denham could support two competing routes.

Actually three routes if you think about it - 8 11 and 24!

Re the 11 withdrawal, there will be a limited service by Grant Palmer... from the second draft of BABUS Newsletter 35 (Spring 2018) which should be going out at the start of next week...

From Monday 5th March 2018
Stagecoach in Bedford Service 11
(Bedford – Biddenham – Great
Denham) Withdrawn, but see below for a
part replacement. (Incidentally Stagecoach
8 is also on diversion past the rail station at
the moment, until July).

NEW SERVICE Grant Palmer Service
11 (Bedford – Biddenham – Great
Denham) Some journeys from this service
are being maintained after Stagecoach have
pulled out – the 06.10, 06.49, 07.19 from
Great Denham, and the 18.12, 18.43 and
19.15 back from the railway station. Also
see Service 24 (below).

Grant Palmer Service 24 (Bedford –
Kempston – Great Denham) Revised
timetable for service 24, with journeys after
17.30 withdrawn (and replaced by Service

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