Villages lose out after Peterborough City Council cuts bus services

The council chamber at Peterborough Town Hall
The council chamber at Peterborough Town Hall
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Bus users will have to get used to new timetables after a council agreed to change its subsidised services.

Peterborough City Council has cut the fund to its Local Link services and will instead put money towards three new Stagecoach routes.

Most of the services cover Peterborough itself but two, the 401A and 404, cover several villages in the Mercury area including Wansford, Bainton, Barnack, Ufford, Wittering, Easton-on-the-Hill and Wothorpe.

Some of these routes are also served by Delaine Buses and the firm has agreed to change the timing of its 201 service to ensure pupils at the King’s School in Peterborough can still get to school.

But Wothorpe, Marholm, Ufford and Thornhaugh will lose their service completely and will have to rely on the on-demand Call Connect service or the Rural Dial-a-Ride scheme. All Local Link services – 401A, 401, 404, 406,407,408,410,411 and 413 – will cease on September 30. The Stagecoach 20, 21 and 22 routes will begin on October 1.

The council made the changes after agreeing to cut the amount it spends on bus services from £1.1m per year to £600,000.

Coun Matthew Dalton, said: “We have tried as far as possible to accommodate requests from the public to help prevent our older residents from being isolated and to ensure that workers can get to and from home to their place of work.”

For the full list of changes visit the Peterborough City Council website.