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 91 
 on: January 12, 2017, 04:38:17 PM 
Started by Simon Norton - Last post by Simon Norton
The Stagecoach website has an alert about roadworks in Great Barford as a result of which the X5 isn't going that way during the main offpeak period. Yesterday I was on the 09.40 ex Cambridge which did indeed use that route. Though it's presumably faster, and today I saw the 14.19 arrival at Bedford from Cambridge pull in early, for this journey there was heavy traffic entering Bedford towen centre which meant we got into the bus station late.

Today I did the same journey the other way using the 14.26. Just previously, I'd asked the driver of Grant Palmer 27 14.20 ex Bedford whether that service was affected -- I haven't been able to find any info about this anywhere. I was told that it had been affected previously but the road was now clear. However the X5 still used the diversion route, probably because there was still work going on elsewhere on the normal route. This diversion didn't result in an early arrival at Eaton Socon because of the usual queue on the A421 approaching the Black Cat.

I think that the Stagecoach alert should cite the 27 as an alternative for people wishing to go to/from Great Barford, and Bedford BC and/or Grant Palmer should offer definitive information on whether the 27 was able to use its normal route.

Unless the roadworks are  finishing early there will still be a few more days of disruption on these routes.

Incidentally the display at stop Q only shows one direction of operation of the 27. Also no display of 81 times at stop L.


 92 
 on: January 07, 2017, 06:12:38 PM 
Started by Suzy Scott - Last post by Suzy Scott
Further to the list of operators I posted, it looks as though UNO will soon be accepting Explorers to Cranfield and MK - what chance of Stagecoach accepting them? (probably little lol)

Fares Revision 8th January 2017
04/01/2017

From Sunday 8th January, there will be a general fares revision across the uno network

There will be a range of new tickets available and revised prices on network tickets. A summary of the changes can be found below.

Most Single fares will remain unchanged, however there will be increases to return fares across the network.

Hertfordshire County Council Fares

There will be new prices for the Intalink explorer and Watford and St Albans BUSnet tickets. The Intalink explorer will also now be issued and accepted on routes C1, C3, C10 and C11 BETWEEN Milton Keynes and Bedford.

Explorer
   

Daily one person
   

Daily group (up to four)
   

Weekly one person

Adult
   

£9.00
   

£17.00
   

£35.00

Child (with Savercard)
   

£5.00
   

 
   

£23.00

St Albans BUSnet
   

Adult
   

Child (with Savercard)

Inner Zone
   

Daily
   

£5.00
   

£3.00

 
   

Weekly
   

£18.00
   

£10.00

All Zones
   

Daily
   

£6.50
   

£4.00

 
   

Weekly
   

£23.00
   

£13.50

Watford BUSnet
   

Adult
   

Child (with Savercard)

Daily
   

£5.50
   

£3.50

Weekly
   

£20.00
   

£12.00

Hemel Hempstead BUSnet
   

Adult
   

Child (with Savercard)

Daily
   

£4.50
   

£2.50

Weekly
   

£17.00
   

£12.50
                            

 

Uno Fares in St. Albans

Within St. Albans single fares are to be capped at £1.80 and return fares will no longer be available. The St. Albans Rover will be reintroduced.

St Albans Rover
   

Adult
   

Child (with Savercard)

 
   

Daily
   

£3.70
   

Buy BUSnet

 
   

Weekly
   

£15.00
   

Buy BUSnet

 
   

Monthly
   

£45.00
   

£35.00

 

Uno Fares in Watford

In Watford, we will be introducing a new weekly ticket valid between Radlett and Watford on route 602 and between Garston Bus Garage and Watford on route 635. This will be priced at £15.00 for and Adult and £11.00 for a child with a savercard.

 

 

Uno Fares in North Herts

Unfortunately, due to poor usage the Go North Herts tickets valid between Stevenage and Hitchin will no longer be available. Staff and Students at North Herts College will still be able to purchase a £2 day ticket between Hatfield and Hitchin.

Uno Network Ticket

Explorer
   

Daily one person
   

Daily Family*
   

Weekly one person
   

Monthly one person

Adult
   

£7.00
   

£16.00
   

£32.00
   

£95.00

Child (with Savercard)
   

Buy Explorer
   

 
   

Buy Explorer
   

£60.00

*Family Ticket will allow up to 2 adults and up to 2 children travel. Additional children can be purchased for £1.00 per child. The additional child tickets can only be used with the main family ticket and at least one adult must be accompanying the group.

 93 
 on: December 20, 2016, 10:14:23 AM 
Started by Suzy Scott - Last post by Suzy Scott
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



 94 
 on: December 13, 2016, 02:55:21 PM 
Started by Suzy Scott - Last post by Suzy Scott
Winter BABUS Newsletter Now Available

The Winter 2016/2017 edition of the BABUS (Bedford Area Bus Users Society) Newsletter is now online, and ready for viewing.
As is usual at this time of year, service changes and Christmas/New Year variations compound this to be a 40 page Newsletter. You can download the printable PDF at http://www.bedsbuses.info/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/BABUS-Newsletter-31-4th-draft.pdf   , or browse the interactive edition at http://issuu.com/suzyscott/docs/babus_newsletter_31_4th_draft .

Those who get the paper format, will have these printed and posted over this weekend.

Please send your submissions for Newsletter 32 (Spring 2017) on or before Wednesday 15th February 2016.

We trust you will find the magazine interesting, and the news on changes also useful. This issue you will find somethings relocated and moved around, especially in the Introduction section. I’d like feedback, good or bad, on the new format.

On behalf of the committee, I’d like to wish all of our members, contacts and friends, a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

Mrs Suzy Scott
BABUS (Part-Time) Communications Officer


EDIT: fixed links

 95 
 on: December 01, 2016, 04:11:38 PM 
Started by Suzy Scott - Last post by Simon Norton
It turns out that the Campaign for Better Transport has known about the case for some time. In fact they found out just after appointing him as their bus campaigner. Shortly afterwards we were told that he had been unable to take up the appointment -- well it was for that reason that he agreed to resign. CBT are well satisfied with their substitute appointee, Steve Chambers, who was the speaker at the 2016 BABUS AGM.

 96 
 on: November 29, 2016, 04:54:09 PM 
Started by Frances Horwood - Last post by Suzy Scott
Just been to the CBC website and found Grant Palmer is running the 74 from Jan, and the 71.72 changes will be removing the evening service...

 97 
 on: November 27, 2016, 09:50:23 PM 
Started by Frances Horwood - Last post by Suzy Scott
ATTACHMENTS BATCH TWO

 98 
 on: November 27, 2016, 09:48:45 PM 
Started by Frances Horwood - Last post by Suzy Scott
73 is changing in December and January! no sign of a new 71/72 yet.

Some "interesting" changes - in our area... 51 (Bedford - Oakley) down from 20 minutes to 30 minutes.

ATTACHMENTS BATCH ONE

 99 
 on: November 27, 2016, 10:33:39 AM 
Started by Suzy Scott - Last post by Suzy Scott
Stevenage Bus Users might need a new chair...

http://www.bobfm.co.uk/news/local-news/stevenage-man-terry-figg-found-guilty-of-abusing-boys-in-the-1970s/

Friday, November 25th, 2016 9:18am

A Stevenage man has been found guilty of eleven offences of non-recent indecent assault on children under the age of 14...

68 year-old Terry Figg, a former Scout leader from the Orpington area, was alleged to have carried out the offences between 1970 and 1980.

During his twelve-day-trial, Croydon Crown Court heard how he was accused of abusing boys.

Figg was initially arrested on the 19th of March, 2015.

He has now been remanded in custody to appear for sentencing December 9th.

The NSPCC has issued a statement: "Figg took advantage of the authority entrusted in him as a scout leader.

He has committed horrific crimes against vulnerable children who should never have been at risk of sexual abuse.

We hope this sends a message to perpetrators of non-recent abuse that they cannot hide from the law.

We also urge other victims of child abuse to come forward to allow the police to investigate such crimes. Anyone who has concerns about abuse or who is a victim can call the NSPCC's helpline on 0808 800 5000".

 100 
 on: November 26, 2016, 08:54:22 PM 
Started by Simon Norton - Last post by Simon Norton
Yesterday the BUUK held a bus surgery in Cambridge. Unfortunately this was just before problems arose which were of sufficient gravity for me to send a complaint to Stagecoach.

I was waiting at the Churchill College/Bulstrode Gardens stop for the 15.18 to St Neots (15.10 ex Parkside). This was running 25min late and sailed past the stop, presumably because it was full. I stayed at the stop because it was only 5min before the next bus was due; it was actually running 5min late. It too sailed past. I feel that something is wrong if 2 consecutive buses are full.

I had a commitment in London which I could still have made had I waited for the 16.10 ex Parkside,
assuming it turned up on time and wasn't full too. However I decided it was too risky to try this, as I saw what I assumed to be this bus travelling into Cambridge over 20min late. I therefore got a bus to Cambridge station and went that way. This bus got caught in Cambridge's peak traffic, arriving at the station nearly 20min late. I then had to queue for a ticket machine, pay a lot more for a ticket to London, and travel on a crowded train. I did however manage to get a seat and reached London in good time for my commitment, but I was confirmed in my opinion that it's better to go via St Neots -- provided I can actually get on the X5.

When I posted my experience on the Cambridge PT group, I got a reply from Julia Hayward, who uses the X5 regularly, saying that the 17.10 ex Parkside had been full and the 17.25, which she picked up at Victoria Avenue, was full at Northampton St, and buses coming into Cambridge to form subsequent departures were significantly delayed. I have passed this on to Stagecoach.

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