All aboard: new bus for Bedford rural route

New bus for Bedford's route 25. 'Mayor of Bedford Borough Dave Hodgson is sat with Grant Palmer and David Shelley, Business Partner to Grant Palmer. PNL-151208-115901001

New bus for Bedford's route 25. 'Mayor of Bedford Borough Dave Hodgson is sat with Grant Palmer and David Shelley, Business Partner to Grant Palmer. PNL-151208-115901001

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A brand new bus will serve those travelling to Bedford from the surrounding villages following a £124,000 investment.

The brand new vehicle with leather seating, seatbelts and CCTV cameras, is now serving the number 25 route, transporting passengers between Bedford and Sharnbrook, Harrold, Stevington, Oakley and Clapham.

Mayor Dave Hodgson is in the driving seat.

Mayor Dave Hodgson is in the driving seat.

The bus has been purchased jointly by Bedford Borough Council and bus firm Grant Palmer following an increase in passenger numbers.

Grant Palmer, owner and managing director of the Bedfordshire-based bus company said: “The new bus is being brought in to show residents of the rural service that they are just as important to us as bus users travelling across Bedford town. The new bus, which is the best in its class, will ensure passengers reach their destination comfortably, safely and in style.”

Mayor or Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson said: “We are delighted to help introduce the new bus on Route 25, alongside Grant Palmer, in response to the increased demand for this key rural service. This investment has come at a great time and will enable comfortable, safe and reliable transport to be provided for users all along the route between Sharnbrook and Bedford.”