Logo Bedford Area Bus Users Society last update 02/07/14

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2nd July 2014 - Our Annual General Meeting will be this coming Saturday, 5th July 2014. Click here to download the poster.

2nd July 2014 - Newsletter 22 is now online.


12th March 2014 - Memberships are now due for renewal for the next year, notably 1st April 2014 to 31st March 2015. If you'd prefer you can now pay online. If you would prefer to pay by post, but have lost your Renewal form, another one can be printed off here.

12th March 2014 - Our latest Newsletter (21, Spring 2014) can be downloaded from the Newsletters archive.

12th March 2014 - We have updated our Timetable Library, to include all changes in Luton and South Beds this month.

18th February 2014 - Our Treasurer and Secretary are looking to retire, after a good few years on the Committee. We therefore have Committee vacancies for these positions, in the near future. Please download the job specifications for either the Secretary or Treasurer. These are unpaid voluntary roles, but would be ideal for anyone who wishes to take the group to the next level. Call our enquiry line and leave a brief voicemail, or email us, if you are interested, and we will get back to you.

14th February 2014 - From Monday, there are changes of up to 10 minutes on Service 50 from Bedford to Kettering. Download the new timetable here, or via the Timetable Library which has been updated.

2nd February 2014 - The Timetable Library is now fully updated.

28th January 2014 - Bedford Bus Station is closed for redevelopment for most of 2014. Download a copy of the new Stopping Arrangements via this link.

28th January 2014- Minor changes will occur to some Grant Palmer and Arriva services from Monday 3rd February 2014. These timetables will be on our Timetables page by the end of this week. In the meantime the GP timetables can be had via this thread on our Bulletin Board, and the Arriva timetable files via this post on the H2T blog.

24th December 2013 - Newsletter 20 is now online, which includes a full list of all Christmas & New Year bus services in our coverage area. Also enclosed was a Calendar as part of the original printed booklet, but download this one-piece sheet, will look a bit better printed off. These were posted to members in the preceeding week.

24th December 2013 - Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the BABUS committee and especially your Comms Officer Suzy!

2nd September 2013 - Our most recent Newsletter 19 is now ready for download, which includes full explanations of all the recent service changes. You can also view all the back issues via our Newsletter Archive.

31st August 2013 - You can now Join Online! This facility is now online in association with PayPal - meaning you can pay with your credit, debit cards, or PP balance. Visit our Membership page for more information.

31st August 2013 - Our new-style BABUS Newsletter 19 will be online from Monday 2nd September 2013. As it stands, the paper copies were printed yesterday, and will be posted out this coming week. Electronic newsletter subscribers are being sent out tomorrow (Sunday 1st September 2013) and the e-copy will be online the following day.

31st August 2013 - We're now on Social Media! You can now find us on Facebook and Twitter - please feel free to add/like us.

31st August 2013 - A full update to the Timetable Library is happening, incorproating changes to the Bedford borough rural services by Grant Palmer, and changes in the south of Central Beds routes crossing into North Herts, and locally in Biggleswade. Visit our Timetable Library for full details.

p.s. Please be aware of roadworks in the Brickhill area, which will require the new 20/21 to be rerouted during this time. Visit this page for more information.



Previous News

25th July 2013 - BABUS members may well have been confused by announcements from Stagecoach East regarding timetable changes in Bedford. These changes were submitted electronically to the Office Of The Traffic Commisioner at just a few days notice - not the regular 56 days - and thus requiring "short notice" approval by the TC and each local authority involved. While they were not appoved in time for the inital June date, they will now certainly be happening from this coming weekend! So if you use Service 4 to Goldington, Service 6 to Brickhill, Service 10 to Goldington, Service 41 to Northampton, Service 42 to Flitwick, Service 51 to Oakley, Service 52 to Cranfield, Service 53 to Wootton, Services 71/72 to Hitchin, Service 73 to Biggleswade via Sandy, Service 74 direct to Biggleswade, and Service 81 to Luton, then please follow each link for all the revised timetables. There will be some changes up to 10 minutes earlier or later than now, and some journeys are being speeded up on Saturday and School holiday mornings - please check the new timetable carefully. You can also download updated out-of-town timetables via our Timetable Library which will be updated after the changes this weekend.

25th July 2013 - the BABUS summer newsletter is under construction. All members are welcome to send information or ideas to suzy.scott@babus.org.uk before the deadline of Tuesday 13th August 2013.

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.


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