Coronavirus: bus service changes
Updated: Monday, 22 March
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.
From Monday 25 January 2021, many Arriva services within Central Bedfordshire will be operating to revised frequencies due to the current lockdown.
Please contact Arriva for full details of the service levels on your route.
From Monday, 8 March Centrebus will be re-introducing previously operated school duplicates as well as increasing frequency on a number of routes. Please visit the Centrebus website for the most up to date information.
- FL1 from 10 May 2021
- FL5 from 5 May 2021
- FL6A from week commencing 12 April
- FL6B from week commencing 12 April
- FL7 from week commencing 12 April
- FL8 from week commencing 12 April
- FL10 from week commencing 12 April
Service 140 will continue to run as normal.
Please contact the Flittabus helpline on 07960 388111 for any further information.
As of Monday, 29 March, Wanderbus will restart the following services, based on the current government roadmap:
- Service W3 – Biggleswade, Campton, Gravenhurst, Shillington, Stondon, Meppershall, Clifton Park, Henlow
- Service W3S – Biggleswade, Stotfold, Astwick
- Service W12 – Hitchin, Meppershall, Shillington, Barton-le-Clay
- Service W12S – Hitchin, Campton, Gravenhurst, Barton-le-Clay
- Service W6 – Shefford, Campton, Gravenhurst, Meppershall, Southill, Broom
- Service W7 – Letchworth, Shefford, Clifton, Henlow, Arlesey
- Service W5 – A1 retail park (second and fourth Fridays of the month), Meppershall, Shefford, Clifton Park, Clifton, Henlow, Langford, Biggleswade
All other services are planned to restart week commencing Monday 12 April.
For further information:
Telephone: 0300 123 3023
During the national lockdown, Grant Palmer will be revising some of its services temporarily, in line with expected demand.
From Monday, 11 January Ivel Sprinter services are suspended. 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
During the lockdown, South Beds Dial-a-Ride will be operating a reduced service on all its bus routes.
From Monday, 12 April all Stagecoach services will return to broadly pre-COVID timetables with the exception of very early and very late journeys on Service 81, which will not restart at this time. Current duplicate services (Service 9A from Arlesey at 7:45am, Shefford Ivel Road at 8:06am arriving at Bedford at 8:40am and Service 81 from Barton-le-Clay at 7:39am arriving at Bedford at 8:24am) to support social distancing for students travelling to Bedford College will continue on Schooldays only until at least June.
From Monday 8 March, all UNO services will return to pre-COVID timetables.
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