Big Green Bus Company to take over the 114

The Haverhill-based Big Green Bus Company has taken over the 114 bus service running between Addenbrooke’s and the Grafton Centre, previously operated by Whippet Coaches before they deregistered the 114 and 16 other services at the beginning of the summer.

The route is the same but timings are slightly different. Here is the new timetable.

The 114 bus service is subsidised by Cambridgeshire County Council, which was not anticipating Whippet pulling out so suddenly. Councillors discussed the deregistrations at the August meeting of the Economy and Environment committee. I attended on behalf of Queen Edith’s and explained that the 114 reaches streets that are not covered by other bus routes, providing a service to people in Mowbray Road, Lichfield Road and Hulatt Road who would find it hard to get to other services. It enables people to get from here to Sainsbury’s and the Beehive Centre, and in the other direction, it brings people to Addenbrooke’s.

I am pleased to report that the committee voted to retender the service.

Last stop for the 114

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

Here is a statement on the deregistrations from Whippet.

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.

The disappearing bus – now U see it, now U don’t

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The Stagecoach Uni 4 bus between Addenbrooke’s and Madingley Road has been replaced by a new service run by Whippet, known simply as the ‘U’. We are disappointed to hear that Whippet is changing the route so that the bus will no longer go down Hills Road. This will leave out several hundred residents, including staff and students of Homerton College. I have written to Whippet to ask them to reconsider.

Bus service changes

Cambridgeshire County Council has received registrations to alter a number of services from 23rd / 24th July.

The services affected are:

  • Dews service 22
  • Whippet services 1, 1A, 3 / X3, 5, 6, 9, 12, 16, 21 and 400’s
  • Stagecoach services 9 / X9, 13, 26 / 27, 33, Busway A / B, Citi 4, Citi 7. Citi 8, Norfolk 46, Peterborough 46 and Uni 4

Here is a table showing the main changes. Stagecoach and Whippet July 2016 changes notification chart

The one that is of most relevance to this area is the replacement of the Stagecoach Uni 4 with the Universal, a new service run by Whippet, which will run Monday-Saturday and call at the railway station.

For full details and copies of the timetables for the Stagecoach services please contact them directly on 01223 433250 or email [email protected]. For more information and timetables for the Whippet services please contact them directly on 01954 230011. Copies of the Dews 22 service can be obtained from the County Council by calling 0345 045 0675.

All aboard the Abbey-Addenbrooke’s Express!

115 busGood news! We’re getting a new bus service. Starting next month, the new 115 service, run by Whippet, will run hourly between the Newmarket Road Park & Ride site and Addenbrooke’s Hospital. The bus will stop at both Long Road and Hills Road sixth form colleges, St Bede’s and the Perse. In the other direction, it drops you off at shopping and leisure destinations such as Sainsbury’s, Mill Road, the Abbey Pool and the Cambridge United football ground.

The new service is a trial, funded by Section 106 developer contributions and will be made permanent if there is good take-up – so if you enjoy shopping, swimming or soccer, take a ride on the 115. Its first journey will be on Tuesday 3rd May.

Here’s a timetable and a handy map showing the route