Whippet is deregistering 17 bus services in Cambridge, claiming they are unprofitable. The following services will take their last journeys on 2nd September.
Service 1 Hilton – Hemingfords - St Ives Service 1A St Ives – Fenstanton – Cambridge Service 2 Cambridge - Hardwick - Toft - Caldecote – Boxworth Service 3 Papworth St Agnes – Papworth Everard – Huntingdon (Saturday journeys only) Service 5 St Ives - Hemingford Abbots - Hemingford Grey - St Ives Service 7A Whittlesford - Babraham Road Park & RideAmanda Tayloramandataylor Service 8 Cambridge - Dry Drayton - Papworth Everard Service 9 St Ives - Elsworth – Hilton Service 12 St Ives Town Circular Service 15 St Ives - Swavesey – Over Service 16 Huntingdon - Oxmoor Circular Service 18 Newmarket - Fulbourn – Teversham – Cambridge Service 21 St Ives - Earith - Somersham – Ramsey Service 45 Huntingdon - Houghton - St Ives Service 45A Huntingdon - Houghton - St Ives Service 114 Cambridge City Centre - Grafton - Beehive - Addenbrooke's Service 117 Cambridge City Centre - Fen Estate
The 114 which runs between the city centre and Addenbrooke’s will be missed in this area. It has provided a useful route to the Beehive and Grafton Centres, as it runs down Coleridge, Lichfield and Mowbray Roads.
The County Council has been considering varying the frequency on this service; they will now need to retender it along with the other services. The challenge will be to find another operator who can make them work financially, given the passenger take-up and the congestion on the routes.