Bedford Area Bus Users Society
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21st May 2013 - Our Annual General Meeting will be held at Bunyan Meeting, Mill Street, Bedford, MK40 3EU. Click here if you need help finding the place. (This is a different venue as the other two we used recently now have ongoing Saturday block bookings now). This will be on Saturday 15th June 2013 at 10.15. After formal business has been attended to, we will have a talk from Mr Paul Dodge, public transport manager at Central Bedfordshire Council. If you need more information, or wish to help us promote this, click here to download a poster.
21st May 2013 - Our Spring/May 2013 Newsletter (including AGM paperwork) has now been posted to all members, and can be downloaded here.
21st May 2013 - We have also updated our brochure, which has been revamped to explain the work we do, and make it easier to contact us. This can be downloaded here - or contact any Committee Member for supplies.
21st May 2013 - Various changes have happened since the last update to our Timetable Library in January 2013. Service X31 has had various cuts imposed by Centrebus, and as a result, connections are not as easy on a Saturday - the replacing Service 74 provides a limited replacement. Minor changes have been made to Connect49 following passenger feedback, meaning easy connections to Bedford and Milton Keynes on different days of the week. Visit our Timetable Library for all the information.
21st May 2013 - A number of other commercial changes are largely on services connecting with those to/from our own area - those around Bedford and our areas of Central Beds have been largely quiet. There have been tweaks to Service 50 to improve rail connections. An extra journey has been added to Service X5 has ben added to the timetable in the peaks, but it does not enter our coverage area. In addition, a new stop is being added at Eaton Socon, Little End Road, for easier access to the industrial estate and shops in this area. Visit our Timetable Library for all the information.
21st May 2013 - Changes to the Luton - London corridor may also be of interest for those who use this to connect with other local buses - at the moment, GreenLine 757 is using a temporary stop in a car park, following the award of stop rights to a new National Express A1 (bus passes not valid on A1). From the end of June there will be more changes, which will see Service 61 end at Leagrave, Service 321 and Service 757 ending in Luton Town Centre, but the Busway Service will start early between Luton and the Airport, initally using existing roads. Visit our Timetable Library for all the information.
25th January 2013 - One minor piece of news regarding Stagecoach X5 between Cambridge, St Neots, Bedford, Buckingham, Bicester and Oxford. With effect from Sunday 10th February, some changes will be made to the bus stops in St Neots. An extra stop, both directions, will be made at Loves Farm/Cambridge Road, to replace a withdrawn local Service X4. At the same time, coaches towards Bedford will be moved stops near St Neots Station from Longsands Road to Manor Farm Road (in this direction only). This change is on road safety gtounds, for the new one will feature a bus lay-by instead of a roadside stop. Finally, the stop near Eaton Ford at The Crescent/Peppercorns Lane has been moved back to the one near the George & Dragon PH, following discussions with St Neots Town Council. The stop at the George and Dragon was one with no bus service following other changes, and this move rectifies this. For full details and maps of the changes, visit this post on the H2T Transport Blog.
17th January 2013 (fixed 19th) - Forgot yesterday to mention that Services 27 and 29 have been tweaked from early 2013. Service 27 now includes an extra bus on schooldays to Risley to bridge a three-hour gap. Service 29 now also includes Riseley (instead of Thurleigh and Little Staughton)
16th January 2013 - Happy New Year! We have increased our basic membership rate, for the first time in the history of the group (2005!), to reflect much higher prices such as postage. As a result our renewal cost has increased from £3 to £5 for an individal. Having said that, you can also subscribe as a family for £5 - the same price - meaning those who have two living at the same address now save £1! As a result we've updated our brochure for download. You can download our Christmas 2012 Newsletter now also.
1st November 2012 - your webmistress has been on the move - as have quite a few services! From 8th November 2012 some more changes around Bedford - with Service 5 extended to serve Waitrose and Caxton Road, Service 5A withdrawn, Service 6 no longer running into Woodlands Park but partly replaced by changes to Service 28, Service 7 extended to Aldi on Church Lane, Service 8 has a new timetable, and some other school routes change too. Our timetables page has been fully updated with new timetables, starting on Sunday 4th November 2012. This includes a new Bedford town bus map, a Central Beds county map, plus tonnes of other stuff in (and outwith) our coverage area, but still within the former county of Bedfordshire.
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