Stagecoach defers its bus route changes

The bus debacle regarding Engayne Avenue continues
The bus debacle regarding Engayne Avenue continues
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  • Stagecoach have deferred bus route changes
  • The decision comes after the Chronicle reported on their plans to no longer use Engayne Avenue
  • A new number 83 service is being considered by Central Beds Council

Planned changes to the route of the number 73 bus in Sandy have been deferred until late May after residents expressed their concerns.

The existing timetable and route will remain in place until then.

Bus operator Stagecoach had announced plans for a new route serving Tesco, the railway station and operating closer to the Fallowfield estate to come into effect early next month, but they have now been postponed.

Central Bedfordshire Council will continue with its plans for a new 83 bus to be implemented when the 73 does change.

As reported in the Chronicle last week the proposed changes to the 73 service will see the route withdrawn from Engayne Avenue following safety concerns about buses reversing there. This left residents furious that a number of bus users would be left without a service.

Central Bedfordshire Council’s Public Transport Manager Paul Dodge said: “Despite the planned changes to the 73 route being postponed the council is still working on a new number 83 route to provide links to the northern part of Sandy, including Engayne Avenue.

“We are currently amending the tender process for the number 83 service but plan to implement it on May 26.”

The new number 83 service being worked on will link Tesco, the railway station, Market Place, Sunderland Road, St Neots Road, Engayne Avenue and West Road.

It is envisaged this will be operated with a smaller vehicle which would be able to serve Engayne Avenue and would provide connections with the 73.

Information about the new services, once finalised, will appear on the Central Bedfordshire Council website at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/bus