Since the change in timetable to the Citi2 which halved our service (together with the missing buses which have often made the waiting time 40 minutes), our Chairwoman has had a meeting with Nigel Tarrant from Stagecoach, two City Councillors and two County Councillors.
She put forward an alternative ‘shorter route’ to the one turning round at Sainsbury’s. This route would go down Perne Rd to Cherry Hinton Rd, turn left onto Cherry Hinton Rd and then left into Walpole Rd and Birdwood Rd and back to the city centre. The rationale is that this route includes retirement housing in Walpole Rd, City Council housing in our area, and it serves at least 700 residences plus St Bede’s school. This change might also stop the barrage of complaints to Stagecoach about bus waits! It would take us back from an unreliable 20 minute service to an unreliable 10 minute service – so, it’s better but still not perfect. There would still only be a 20 minute service to Addenbrooke's – but that is not nearly as well used as the one into town. A second meeting was scheduled for 3rd August to further discuss this plan but this has now been postponed to 3rd September. SO FRUSTRATING!
If you want to give feedback to Stagecoach, contact Nigel Tarrant
Telephone: 01223 433 250 between 08:30 and 17:30, Monday to Friday.
Address: Stagecoach, 100 Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0DN