The 202 Bus Service - There are changes to subsidised bus services to be introduced across Central Bedfordshire from the beginning of May 2017. In 2016 Central Bedfordshire Council consulted on its Passenger Transport Strategy and a key topic was the subsiding of bus routes. Currently 53% of bus services in Central Bedfordshire are subsidised at a cost to the tax payer of £1.2m per year so whilst they understand the importance of having bus services, they need these services to be efficient and cost effective.
Subsidies will now only be allocated to buses running before 6:30pm on weekdays, and before 3:00pm on Saturdays. No subsidies will be available for services operating on Sundays and bank holidays. Bus providers will have the option of continuing to run services outside of these times, but they will no longer be subsidised by Central Bedfordshire. Additionally, Central Bedfordshire is introducing a number of new bus services to ensure that local residents can access nearby towns.
These changes do not apply to routes funded from section 106 monies, or to services operated on a commercial basis, with no subsidy from Central Bedfordshire.
The new route 232 will be introduced at the beginning of May. This route will serve the Pepperstock, Slip End and Woodside areas and the service will be provided by South Beds Dial-a-Ride. It will run as a completely normal bus service to a fixed timetable, with no need to be a dial-a-ride member and concessionary bus passes will be accepted.
Information about changes to services will be displayed on buses and at bus stops, as well as on the Central Bedfordshire website. If you would like to know more about the changes or have any queries about the routes affected, please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can call 0300 300 8308 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Centrebus provides the no. 46 bus and the no. 231 bus, both of which cover Slip End.
The no. 46 bus route includes Luton, Slip End, Dunstable, Markyate, Flamstead, Redbourn and Hemel Hempstead
The no. 231 bus route includes Dunstable, Caddington, Woodside, Pepperstock, Slip End, Farley Hill, Luton, Barnfield College and Bushmead.
Check out the website for more information - www.centrebus.com
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