Bedford bus service extended to cover Elstow Park and Ride site

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Anyone who uses the Elstow Park and Ride site is getting an extended Grant Palmer 44 service from Monday (February 26).

The expansion will replace the Stagecoach number 2 which is stopping its service on the same day due to low passenger numbers.

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The new service will run hourly, with extra service at peak times, from Monday to Saturday each week. A single fare will cost £2 and for a group of six people it will be just £6.

The park & rideThe park & ride
The park & ride

It’s being jointly funded by Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council with Bus Service Improvement Plans (BSIP+) grant funding from the Government – and it’s hoped it will benefit residents in Ampthill and Flitwick too.

Jim Weir, portfolio holder for environment, highways, and transport at Bedford Borough Council, said: "We understand the importance of reliable public transportation for our residents and commuters. The extension of the Grant Palmer 44 service reflects our dedication to ensuring accessibility and connectivity within Bedford borough.

“The park and ride service has needed a review for some time, by working together with Grant Palmer we hope to encourage more people that work and visit Bedford to make use of this service and reduce congestion on our roads."

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The council is exploring the possibility of restoring a number of deregistered bus services and discussions are ongoing with service operators, Central Bedfordshire Council and the Department for Transport.

Cllr Tracey Wye, Central Beds Council’s Executive Member for Sustainability and Climate Resilience, said: “I am delighted the council has been able to step in and keep a popular bus service going for the regular passengers, and hopefully encourage more people to use public transport, even those who would normally rely on their car.

Buses not only provide vital transport links; they are also vital in our need to reduce car usage and cut carbon emissions.”