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 on: November 21, 2017, 11:46:01 PM 
Started by Simon Norton - Last post by Simon Norton
Today (21 Nov) I was on the 11.15 Luton-Bedford. As we were on the A6 south of Clophill roundabout a bang was heard (though not by me) and the bus terminated at Clophill village on the north side of the Green.

I walked to the south side and had a look at the display timetable, which told me that a Grant Palmer 44 would be coming in 14min. I told the other passengers.

In fact the bus was a few minutes late, and lost more time en route to Bedford. With the extra loadings and nobody getting off before Elstow there was at a couple of places 1 standing passenger.

I wasn't previously aware that the 44 takes a different route between Elstow and Bedford to the 81 -- it uses Ampthill Road rather than Elstow Road. Perhaps Stagecoach want it to go past their depot.

Soon after the 81 got into Clophill a late running 200 bound for Flitwick went past on the north side. I might have caught it had I not been at the bus stop on the opposite side at the time. According to Traveline this service now double runs into the village before turning back to the roundabout, onto the A507 and then right into Gravenhurst, but I didn't see it return so I presume its actual route is to go right through the village, right onto the A507 and then left into Gravenhurst.

 on: September 29, 2017, 04:00:07 PM 
Started by PeterJW - Last post by Simon Norton
Travelling on an 81 yesterday I saw a notice of an intended road closure between Barton and Silsoe. We were going too fast for me to read the notice (what's the point of having these notices if one can't read them ?) but I looked up on and it looks like it's happening on Sat 7 Oct, times not stated.
Assuming it does affect the bus service I imagine the 81 will be diverted via Pulloxhill.

This isn't (yet) on the Stagecoach website, but a closure that is is the one that has been taking place at Kempston Hardwick this week. The 42 (both Stagecoach and Grant Palmer) are being diverted via the A6 to Houghton Conquest. I went south on Grant Palmer, which turned round at Kempston Retail Park and used the A6 past Wilstead then turned off towards Houghton Conquest where it picked up its normal route. The Stagecoach service I came back on went past Stewartby turn to reach Houghton Conquest from the north, even though according to the Stagecoach website Stewartby Turn isn't being served. This is actually the officially signposted route, but it's longer and there are current roadworks which mean minor delays negotiating it.

Incidentally, I had an email from Mick Furn to say that yesterday the 11.17 ex Buckingham (10.00 ex Bedford) was nearly half an hour late (even after going through the timetable padding of the MK section) -- evidently there was some trouble on the A428 out of Cambridge. There was also trouble at the other end when due to emergency repairs to the M40 traffic was diverted over part of the A34 between Oxford and Bicester. I don't know whether this was why the 18.56 ex Bedford (16.30 ex Oxford) was over 20min late -- again after negotiating the padded section. Neither the 09.30 nor the 18.26 ex Bedford was more than a few minutes late.

 on: September 07, 2017, 04:13:39 PM 
Started by Frances Horwood - Last post by Simon Norton
I think there is one particular issue relating to the school bus consultation where it would be helpful if bus users could put something in, in addition to what BABUS puts in.

Question 6 suggests that where possible schoolchildren should be given passes on public buses rather than contracted services, which would help keep services going. Please say "strongly support" to this one.

But then suggest in an appropriate place that where no public buses are available at the right time, the buses put on for schoolchildren should also be available to the general public. For villages which currently have no services before around 09.30 or after 14.30 this would provide significantly more options.

It would also be helpful if visitors could board these buses in the villages and get off at a suitable interchange with the main network.

The morning bus could be used for journeys to work if return journeys and school holiday alternatives were available. Perhaps these could be provided on a demand responsive basis (and open not just to commuters), which would avoid the danger of empty running ?

 on: September 03, 2017, 05:04:43 PM 
Started by Colin Franklin - Last post by Suzy Scott
I have just been trying to show somebody the "Register" function on the BABUS website only to get a message to say that it had been disabled. Why is that?

Because we've got it set to register people manually.
As this is a fairly small board, we try not to let robots, spammers and scammers muck about - and it's sort of worked up to now.
Was this for the new members? If so, all they need to is email me and I am happy to set things up.

 on: August 28, 2017, 11:16:01 AM 
Started by Frances Horwood - Last post by Frances Horwood
Central Beds. currently has two consultations which relate to transport.  One is the regeneration of the area around Flitwick Station.  This is intended to provide an interchange between rail and bus.  The consultation period ends on September 13th.  It may be accessed on the CBC website:-

The second consultation is on school transport and the consultation period has been extended until September 18th.  It may be accessed at:-

I encourage you to contribute to either or both, if they are relevant to you.  Any comments you make below would assist BABUS in making a submission.

 on: August 26, 2017, 11:38:09 AM 
Started by Colin Franklin - Last post by Colin Franklin
I have just been trying to show somebody the "Register" function on the BABUS website only to get a message to say that it had been disabled. Why is that?

 on: August 21, 2017, 05:38:36 PM 
Started by Simon Norton - Last post by Simon Norton
Today (Mon 21 Aug) I was in St Ives to do what might be the last journey on Whippet 21 to Holywell (unlike Traveline, Whippet's own publicity says it only goes to Holywell on Mondays, and the service has been deregistered before the next non bank holiday Monday, and to the best of my knowledge new timetables have not yet been advertised).

As it's the 3rd Monday of the month, the Villager minubus is scheduled to go to St Ives, and I did indeed see what looked like a community bus in the bus station. However the telephone number on it begins 01933 (Wellingborough) -- sufficiently close to the Villager HQ to be significant, but not the number they advertise.
Was it one of their buses ?

Incidentally the 21 used a double decker on which the lower deck was completely full, but I was the only person to get off at Holywell.

 on: August 15, 2017, 08:14:23 PM 
Started by Louter Langford - Last post by Simon Norton
A minor improvement soon -- the 29 Berkhamsted-Jockey End-Hemel Hempstead will be diverted via Studham. This will mean that one can rely on the morning connection from Berkhamsted to Dunstable.

To offset that the commuter journeys are being taken off.

 on: August 07, 2017, 12:34:28 PM 
Started by Suzy Scott - Last post by Suzy Scott
Hello there!

The timetable site has now been updated, with all recent changes right up to Monday 3rd July 2017. Apologies for the slight delay with the update.

You can download an entire timetable, covering all of Bedfordshire (that’s Bedford Borough, Central Beds and Luton) at

The complete timetable (92mb file ! ) can be downloaded, along with maps and rail timetables to complete the picture. At the moment, all the content is in one file, but it is hoped to have options for individual downloads (like we do for DundeeBuses etc.) after the September service changes.

The Index To Places Served is delayed (through no fault of my own) but this will be uploaded soon.
If you prefer a hard copy, not a problem – as we also sell these! Follow the link here to buy online, or contact us via the below details; (pre-orders will be fulfilled in the coming days);

Suzy x

 on: July 24, 2017, 02:23:04 PM 
Started by Simon Norton - Last post by Simon Norton
I did have a go on the 50 last Saturday, travelling through from Bedford to Kettering. The journey was an hour later than planned because the 10.10 bus from Cambridge arrived 20min late and missed the connection.

Contrary to the notice I saw last time the 50 did not stop in the Waitrose area. This is consistent with Traveline but not with the roadside info I saw last time. Has this been updated ? According to Traveline the 49 is now the only service that calls at Waitrose -- hard lines on shoppers who either have to rush through and get back to the stop in 10min, wait another hour, or use a different stop some way away.

Within the Rushden Lakes site, the bus went past the (I assume temporary) bus stop, into a construction compound or something, then reversed and returned to the stop. I think someone got on or off but won't swear to it. While I was there there were 3 other buses in the area -- the 49, the southbound 50 and the westbound X47.

The footbridge over the A45 looked usable but with some finishing work still to be done.

Between Burton Latimer and Barton Seagrave the bus no longer uses the A14 roundabout but rather a parallel road to the west. I think this is an improvement.

A pity the 50 just misses the X10 from Kettering to Market Harborough.

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