Ely Southern Bypass is on track and will be open to traffic on Wednesday 31 October. The new road will connect the A142 at Angel Drove to Stuntney Causeway and will provide a huge boost for the area and will ease congestion in and around Ely. The scheme includes a 1.7km long single carriageway road, including a viaduct crossing the Great Ouse and bridges over two railway lines. The road will solve long-standing problems and reduce journey times for drivers. The area around Ely station is heavily congested with lorries and other larger vehicles not being able to use the low underpass. Once the bypass has opened, work on the existing underpass at the low bridge will begin to improve access for pedestrians and cyclists until late November. For more details about the project, please see here.
We received notice from Whippet Coaches that they are deregistering the guided busway C service to St Ives and Fenstanton from Saturday 10 November. Alternative busway journeys between St Ives and Cambridge will be provided by Stagecoach services A, B and D.
Please note, it will not be possible to top-up a busway smartcard on Whippet or Stagecoach buses after Friday 9 November 2018 and these smartcards will not be accepted for travel on any service after 31 January 2019. For more information, see here.
Busway timetable A, B and D will be amended to include Fenstanton at the start and end of some journeys following withdrawal of Whippet C. Departures from Fenstanton will be at 06:04, 06:34 and 07:04 (Monday to Friday), 08:00, 08:30, 09:00 and 10:00 (Saturday) and 08:21, 09:21 and 11:21 (Sunday). Arrivals in Fenstanton at 18:20 and 19:20 (Monday to Friday), 13:20, 14:20, 15:20, 18:20 and 19:20 (Saturday) and 17:00 and 17:50 (Sunday). The revised timetable will be available to view on Stagecoach’s website soon. For more information, see here.
As the clocks go back an hour this Sunday, please remember to carry your bike lights. In the UK there are legal minimum requirements for cycling after dark; one front white light, one rear red light, plus the reflectors that should already be on your bike. It is important to remember that your lights must be working properly and your reflectors are clean and visible. For some our top tips, see here.
Abandoned and unused bikes will be removed from the Cycle Point during October and November to free up space and enable a deep clean. If you do not use your bike on a regular basis please remove it otherwise it could be removed by Greater Anglia’s clean up team. Bikes that appear to be abandoned and unused will be tagged for a 15 day period. After that period the bike will be removed and taken to storage for a 90 day period. For more information, see here.
From 31 October, Smart Cards will replace Greater Anglia paper season tickets. When you renew, you will need to switch to a Smart Card. To find out more, see here.
The Milton Road project aims to improve public transport, cycle and walking infrastructure to make these sustainable travel options a more attractive alternative to the car, and to encourage the continued economic growth of Greater Cambridge, without harming existing communities, and the environment. The Milton Road scheme aims to:
You can have your say by completing the online survey which is open until Monday 29 October.
From 2 September 2018, there has been changes to the following services within Cambridge North area:
Citi 2 - Changes to the timetable affecting journeys beyond Cambridge North Station. For the updated timetable, see here.
Service 9 / X9 - The journeys operating between Ely and March have been replaced by new Service 39. Some peak hour journeys has been operating as a Service 9 or X9 between Cambridge and Ely and also operating as a Service 39 to / from March and Chatteris. Short journeys between Cambridge, Milton and Landbeach has been withdrawn, with Landbeach now being served during peak times only, except for one journey on Service 19.
The 0550 from Ely and the 1930 from Cambridge journeys are operated as a Citi 2. Saturday peak journeys has been reduced to hourly departures too. Between Cambridge and Ely, journeys will continue to Littleport one hour, and will continue to the Ely Estates, Leisure Village, Princess of Wales Hospital and Sainsbury's in a one-way loop on the other hour. For the updated 9 and X9 service, see here or for Service 39, see here
Service N no longer operates along Busway. The peak time route N journeys have been renamed route D and re-timed. These will continue to serve all stops along Milton Road. The off-peak route N journeys have been replaced by a diversion of route A once an hour via Cambridge North Station. These have also be renamed to Route D, and will also serve all stops along Milton Road.
In order to maintain a 15 minute service on route A, all route A journeys have been re-timed between Trumpington Park & Ride and the Science Park in both directions.
The journey to Buckden in the afternoon will now be split at St Ives bus station. This is to enable customers who finish work at 5pm at CB1 to catch a later bus and change in St Ives as these changes will see route A journeys depart earlier. The last A journeys to/from Royston are renumbered to route A. For the latest copy of the timetable, see here.
Several important rural bus routes, temporarily reprieved after Cambridgeshire County Council stepped in to save them last August, will now be funded until the end of the financial year.
The Council’s Economy and Environment Committee met last month to consider extending the funding for previously agreed subsidised contracted bus services until the end of March 2019, pending the results of a more far reaching review by James Palmer, the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
The Committee agreed to extend funding for several bus services, including service 30, between Huntingdon and Ramsey, and service 35, between Huntingdon through Chatteris to March, along with the extension of funding for 13 other previously agreed subsidised contracted bus services.
Mayor James Palmer stepped in to say that the Combined Authority will provide the extra funding to see service 46, which is used by students attending Neale-Wade Academy, extended, plus three new services which Whippet Coaches have recently decided to pull out of the 196 Waterbeach to Cambridge service, the 31 Barley to Cambridge service and the 75 Wrestlingworth to Cambridge.
The County Council will continue to fund all the other previously agreed bus services until the end of the 2018/19 financial year, using reserves held for this purpose, when the Combined Authority’s review of these services is complete. The Council will then work with the Mayor to discuss future funding arrangements.
Since the £1 parking charge was removed on 1 April there has been a boost in the numbers returning to the service. Overall passenger journeys rose by 1.3% in April, 10.6% in May and 11.6% in June compared with the same months last year. The largest increase has been experienced on the Babraham route which has seen growth of over 20% in each of the three months.
Facilities at the sites are also in high demand. With the help of the Greater Cambridge Partnership, 90 secure cycle lockers were installed at many of the Park and Ride and Busway car parks. This brought the total number of secure cycle lockers to 154 across the seven sites. There are currently only 11 lockers free to hire and at two sites have a waiting list. More lockers are on the way to cope with this rising demand.
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