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Frances Horwood
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« on: August 28, 2017, 12:16:01 PM »

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:- www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/council/consultations/flitwick-regeneration/overview.aspx

The second consultation is on school transport and the consultation period has been extended until September 18th.  It may be accessed at:- www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/council/consultations/travel-assistance/overview.aspx

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.
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Simon Norton
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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2017, 05:13:39 PM »

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 ?
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