Coronavirus: bus service changes
Updated Monday, 21 September
Leighton Buzzard road access changes
Find out how we're changing road access in Leighton Buzzard, including how this affects bus routes, to allow better access for shoppers.
- Service 97 (Stotfold and Fairfield) – half hourly service recommenced on Tuesday 1 September (the morning and afternoon journies that serve Etonbury Academy will temporarily convert to closed door school services and will not be available for use by the general public in order to ensure social distancing is possible for students travelling to Etonbury Academy)
- Busway Services A and Z – Will continue to operate every 10 minutes, Monday to Saturday and every 20 minutes on Sunday
- Service A – 24-hour operation will resume from Sunday 13 September 2020
- Service Z – Will continue to serve Sandringham Drive, Windsor Drive and Parkside Drive every 20 minutes during the day, Monday to Saturday (these journeys will not serve Go Houghton)
- Service D1 – Revised timetable will continue, operating hourly; daytime journeys will start / finish from Leighton Buzzard West Street and will not extend to the railway station
- Busway Services F70 / F77 – Will return to normal Monday to Saturday timetable
- Service 31 – Continues to operate a normal timetable Monday to Saturday
- Service 32 – No change; revised 2-hourly timetable will continue to operate
- Services 34 and 35 – No change; revised hourly timetable will continue to operate
- Service 150 – Continues to operate every 60 minutes throughout the day, Monday to Saturday only
- Service 250 – These journeys will temporarily convert to closed door school journeys and will not be available for use by the general public in order to ensure social distancing is possible for students travelling to Aylesbury schools
- Service 321 – Frequency will increase to every 15 minutes in peaks, 20 minutes off peak, every 30 minutes on Saturday
Centrebus revised information:
- Service B, Luton to Dunstable – Normal timetable but with extra duplicate journeys between Luton and Dunstable to aid social distancing from 1 September
- Service E, Luton to Toddington – Return to normal registered service levels, Monday to Saturday
- Service L, Luton Galaxy Centre to Lewsey Farm – Return to normal registered service levels, Monday to Saturday
- Service 34, Dunstable to St. Albans – Returned to normal Monday to Saturday timetable from 1 September
- Services 40 / 40A, Dunstable to Kensworth – Returned to normal Monday to Saturday timetable from 1 September
- Service 44-45 – Peak, school-related, journeys restored with these running to/from Luton (off-peak timings unchanged and still running to Saturday short workings) from 1 September
- Service 46, Luton to Hemel Hempstead – Return to normal registered service levels, Monday to Saturday
- Services 85 / 85A, Biggleswade service – Return to normal registered service levels, Monday to Saturday (from 8 August 2020)
- Service 89 – Normal (school day) service Monday to Friday, Saturday service recommences on 11 July
- Service 96 / 96A – To aid with social distancing for students travelling to Etonbury Academy, from Tuesday 1 September a duplicate Service 96 is operating through Arlesey at 8:16am, Monday to Friday and return from Etonbury Academy at 3:45pm (these services will pick up and drop off at all stops along the line of route)
- Service 188 / 190, Hitchin to Sandy / Potton – Return to normal registered service levels, Monday to Saturday (from 8 August 2020)
- Service 230 – the service will recommence on Tuesday 1 September
- Service 231 – a duplicate journey will operate Mondays to Fridays from Dunstable Square to Luton, Church Street at 3:15pm to enable social distancing based on the numbers of students travelling home from Manshead Upper School
- Service 366, Luton to Hatfield – Returned to normal Monday to Saturday timetable from 1 September
- Service X31, Luton to Dunstable – Returned to normal Monday to Saturday timetable from 1 September
Flittabus and Wanderbus
From Tuesday 1 September, limited services resumed. At the present time, only services 6B, FL10 and 140 will operate. Pre-booking will be required to aid social distancing; this can be done via the Flittabus Helpline on 07960 388111.
Wanderbus restarted the operation of a full timetable from Monday 14 September.
For further information:
Telephone: 0300 123 3023
Most Grant Palmer services returned to normal operation on Tuesday 1 September:
- Service 36C – Returned to normal Monday to Friday frequencies from Tuesday 1 September.
- Service 36A – Full service recommenced on Tuesday 1 September
- Service 37 – Full service recommenced on Tuesday 1 September
- Service 42 – Returned to normal Monday to Friday frequencies from Tuesday 1 September (a duplicate journey will operate Mondays to Fridays from Flitwick Post Office to Bedford at 7:45am returning from Bedford Bus Station at 4:30pm to enable social distancing based on the expected increased numbers of students travelling to Bedford College)
- Services 78 / 79 – Regular Monday to Friday and Saturday services will continue
- Service 200 – Regular Monday to Friday and Saturday services will continue (an additional journey will operate Mondays to Fridays from Clophill Green to Samuel Whitbread School at 7:49am returning from the westbound stop outside the school at 3:07pm to enable social distancing based on the projected number of students that will be travelling)
- Service 74 between Biggleswade, Langford and Hitchin – Will continue to operate an emergency timetable at the present time (view Service 74 timetable)
- Services C and CX – returned to normal frequencies from Tuesday 1 September with certain early and late revisions (the additional early / late and Sunday journeys on Service CX journeys to Amazon at Boscombe Road will continue)
Ivel Sprinter services re-started on Tuesday 1 September, although Cambridge services will not operate until October. Please call 01767 261047 for details.
Marshalls Coaches services
Services 771 and 772 recommenced operation from Tuesday 1 September 2020.
National Express and Megabus services
All National Express services re-started from Wednesday 1 July 2020. Megabus services have also re-started.
Roadrunner Community Bus
As from Tuesday, 1 September Roadrunner Community Bus have restarted all services. Please contact them on 01234 841654 for more information.
Red Eagle, Star Travel Services, Z&S Travel Service
The following are operating a school day service for week commencing 30 March 2020 unless otherwise stated:
- Red Eagle Service 61 – Reduced Monday to Friday service (view Service 61 timetable)
- Star Travel Service 164 and 167
- Z&S Service 165 (27 April: view Service 165 timetable)
South Beds Dial-a-Ride
Services 43 and 47 will return to normal service from 3 August 2020.
Services 74 and 232 will return to normal service from 17 August 2020.
From Thursday 2 April:
- Service 2 – Operating on an hourly frequency, Monday to Saturday
- Services 9A and 9B – Running a special timetable, Monday to Saturday, with a two-hourly frequency
- Service 73 – Running a special timetable, Monday to Saturday, with an hourly frequency
- Service 81 – Runing a special timetable with an hourly frequency Monday to Saturday, however early morning and late evening journeys are suspended
UNO Services C1, C5, C10, C11, C12 and CX will recommence full operation from Wednesday 2 September. This will include all published late evening and Sunday journeys.
For all services
In line with government guidance, from 15 June it is mandatory for all passengers to wear face coverings when using public transport. Please observe this rule at all times but please also be aware that some people with certain disabilities are exempted from this ruling. In particular the following groups of people may be exempt from wearing face coverings:
- children under 11
- people with disabilities
- those with breathing difficulties
- anyone travelling with someone who relies on lip reading
Please respect those people who may be exempt from wearing face coverings, but still need to use public transport.
Bus operators within Central Bedfordshire have also implemented new social distancing measures on all buses with immediate effect. All buses will have a revised capacity to help ensure safe travel. Seats within two metres of the driver will be taped off, however wheelchair spaces will always remain available. A no standing policy will also be in place.
If you see the "bus full" sign
When revised capacities are met, buses will show a “bus full” sign on their destination display and drivers will only stop to let passengers off. Where you see the "bus full" sign:
- the bus will only stop when people want to get off
- if the bus stops, only one passenger will be able to board for every passenger that gets off
- be prepared to wait and please help others by prioritising those who need to travel more urgently than you
Other precations to take
We are also asking customers to please follow the steps below to aid with safer travel:
- if you can, wear a face covering in enclosed spaces, where social distancing is not possible
- carry hand sanitiser with you if possible
- keep windows open to help with ventilation
- avoid sitting in seats which face each other
- sit next to a window and leave a space in front, behind and next to you
- if you are travelling with someone from your household, please sit next to each other
- pay by contactless or via a ticket app if possible – only pay by cash if you have the exact change as drivers cannot issue change
- do not stand or queue in the aisle of the bus or next to the driver
- be patient and wait for passengers to get off the bus before you board
- keep a 2-metre distance from other people at bus stops