Sunday Busway services tripled

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Stagecoach services on the Busway will now operate every 20 minutes on Sundays
Stagecoach services on the Busway will now operate every 20 minutes on Sundays

Stagecoach is tripling Sunday services on the recently opened guided busway between Cambridge and St Ives.

The move follows the 55,895 passenger trips on the route’s first week, as reported in CBW999.

A new timetable will be introduced on Sunday (September 4), less than a month after the Busway opened, following use of duplicate services during busy periods in recent weeks.

Stagecoach will run buses along the guideway every 20 minutes on Sundays, compared with the hourly trips at the launch, although some extra departures have already been introduced.

Fellow operator Whippet will run an hourly service, instead of the four it originally intended to run each Sunday.

A Stagecoach service will continue to Huntingdon every hour, according to Cambridgeshire County Council.

Stagecoach also intends to run more peak time buses from Monday, September 5, to cope with increased demands from schools and colleges.

Andy Campbell, managing director at Stagecoach East, said: “The summer holiday period is generally quieter on local bus services, but due to the demand in the holiday season we have taken swift action to add services at busy times.”

Peter Lee, director of Whippet, added: “We are very pleased with the number of passengers using the route and are glad to be able to increase the number of buses we are running.

“There is no doubt that the busway will become a more attractive option for people as the summer holidays end and queues begin to build again on the A14.”