Route 73 Bus Service
Date Added: 16/10/2014
Central Bedfordshire Council has acted on feedback from a public consultation in Sandy about proposed changes to the route of the 73 bus service. The authority is still looking at how Engayne Avenue can continue to be served safely. Following concerns expressed in the community and at Sandy Town Council earlier this year, CBC conducted a consultation about the route (operated by Stagecoach) after the bus company was asked to consider how links to the railway station and Tesco could be improved.
There was a strong response to the consultation with more than 400 questionnaires being returned. One clear message is that the public is very concerned about the possibility of losing the bus service to Engayne Avenue if the bus route is altered. The proposed changes were suggested following concerns about buses having to reverse in Engayne Avenue, close to an old people’s home and a school.
As a result of feedback from the consultation, CBC is involved in further negotiations with Stagecoach regarding options on how Engayne Avenue can continue to be served safely.
Councillor Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Community Services, said: “The reason the council carries out public consultations is that we are keen to know what residents want. In this instance there was a clear message that members of the public want the number 73 bus to continue to serve Engayne Avenue. We want to reassure passengers that it will continue to do so until the end of the year, and we are hopeful that a viable solution can be agreed upon within this time. However, as the 73 is a commercial service, Stagecoach will make the final decision on the route.”
As part of the planned changes, Stagecoach is looking at providing a new stop near the Budgens store in Kestrel Way to serve residents of the Fallowfield estate, rather than routing buses through the estate.
Sandy Town Council will continue to take a strong interest in this matter and welcomes feedback from the community on the topic.