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 on: December 24, 2018, 08:07:19 PM 
Started by PeterJW - Last post by John Yunnie
Interesting to see the use of "A" and "B" numbers.  Here on the Isle of Wight we have three major routes (1,7 and 9) that split and go completely different ways for part of the journey.  Our Bus and Rail Users' Group has been pressing Southern Vectis for a long time to distinguish between the differences by use of 1A, 7A and 9A but are constantly told that to do so would be old fashioned and is unnecessary.

 on: December 20, 2018, 10:54:17 AM 
Started by PeterJW - Last post by PeterJW
These changes, from 30 Dec, have been well-publicised through the Stagecoach website but there may be potential for confusion among some passengers.

71 is replaced by 9B and serves Haynes, Henlow Village then Henlow Camp. 72 is replaced by 9A and serves Arlesey, Some bus stops along the routes show new timetables. Most bus stop flags now show '9' rather than 71 or 72 or 71,72 but not 9A or 9B. 9 runs only between Bedford and Shortstown. Bus stop flags between Shortstown and Hitchin do not distinguish between 9A and 9B where the routes diverge. 9A and 9B will run via Elstow Road and Mile Road and will not serve London Road but will serve New Cardington. On 17 Dec the bus stops along London Road showed 71,72 replaced by 9. By 19 Dec the 9 had been covered by white tape.

The first morning Hitchin-bound 71 service is due at Henlow Camp at 07.23 which is ideal for civilian staff who start work at 07.30. The first 9B service is not due at Henlow Camp until 07.37.

 on: December 04, 2018, 08:23:04 PM 
Started by Suzy Scott - Last post by Suzy Scott
Further to the last message about the Newsletter, the interactive link is incorrect… but the correct one is at

 on: December 04, 2018, 12:52:06 PM 
Started by Suzy Scott - Last post by Suzy Scott
BABUS Newsletter 37 is now ready!

Newsletter 37 (Autumn/early Winter 2018) has been published today, and this includes our AGM 2018 notice. You can download the PDF from or view the Interactive version at   

If you receive a hard copy, this will follow later on.  Please see Page 4 for important changes about how these are being distributed.
Kind regards,
Ms Suzy Scott
BABUS Communications Officer

 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

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