Susan van de Ven

Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Bassingbourn, Melbourn, Meldreth and Whaddon Learn more

Bus number 17

by Susan van de Ven on 11 April, 2021

Following its launch on April 6th, the number 17 bus is running between Melbourn, Meldreth, Whaddon, Kneesworth, Bassingbourn, Litington, Steeple Morden, Guiden Morden & Royston.

This picks up where the 127 left off. Operator A2B has proposed to run a commercial service in the same area, and the Cam Vale Bus User Group is helping to spread the word.

The new timetable is basically the same with two important additions: 1. The 17 will serve the Royston Gateway shopping centre. The 17 will resume bus service to the top of North End Bassingbourn, following the redesign of the traffic island, for which thanks to Bassingbourn Parish Council and Cambs ounty Highways for their support.

Needless to say, it remains important that the bus is well supported, in order to keep it commercially viable. Hopefully when life begins to open up again, we can get back to taking full advantage of public transport.

Please note: We had anticipated that there would be an amalgamation of the county subsidized 127 bus with the Herts county subsidized 91 bus, creating a service looping all the way to Letchworth. This followed 18 months of collaboration between the two county bus officers and councillors. As you probably know, county subsidy only comes into play where there is a need for a bus service but no interest by a commercial provider in running one. That has now happened.

A small amount of County subsidy will remain in place to support the inclusion of Meldreth and Melbourn in the service.

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