Coronavirus: bus service changes
Updated Thursday 28 May 2020
From Monday 1 June, Arriva services in Dunstable and Leighton Buzzard areas will be further revised with main changes summarised below:
- Service 97 (Stotfold and Fairfield) – Hourly service will continue for now
- Busway Services A and Z – Increased service operating every 10 minutes, 7 days a week, during daytime hours (revised frequency morning and afternoon peaks and evenings; 24-hour service will not yet be resumed); Service Z will start 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 High Street and will not extend to the railway station
- Busway Services F70 / F77 – Will return to a 30 minute interval service, Monday to Saturday
- Service 31 – Will return to a normal Monday to Friday timetable
- 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 – Will now operate every 60 minutes throughout the day, Monday to Saturday only
- Service 321 – Frequency will increase to every 15 to 20 minutes, Monday to Saturday
Centrebus revised information:
- Service B, Luton to Dunstable – Monday to Friday retimed service, Saturday reduced timetable, Sunday normal service
- Service E, Luton to Toddington – Return to normal registered service levels on Monday to Friday, with the Saturday service remaining at the reduced service levels (from Monday 1 June)
- Service L, Luton Galaxy Centre to Lewsey Farm – Return to normal service levels on Monday to Fridays with the exception of service Lx will not operate; Saturday service remaining at the reduced service levels (from Monday 1 June)
- Service 34, Dunstable to St. Albans – Revised timetable, Monday to Saturday, 4 journeys per day
- Services 40 / 40A, Dunstable to Kensworth – Saturday service, all week (from Wednesday 1 April)
- Services 44 / 45, Luton to Stevenage – Operating a normal service Monday to Friday, no Saturday service
- Service 46, Luton to Hemel Hempstead – Return to normal registered service levels on Monday to Friday, with the Saturday service remaining at the reduced service levels (from Monday 1 June)
- Services 85 / 85A, Biggleswade service – Operating a modified Saturday service on Monday to Friday, no Saturday service
- Service 89 – Normal (school day) service Monday to Friday, no Saturday service
- Services 96 / 96A, Letchworth to Arlesey – Operating a Saturday service Monday to Friday, no Saturday service
- Service 188 / 190, Hitchin to Sandy / Potton – Revised timetable
- Service 230, Luton to Caddington and L&D Hospital – Service suspended
- Service 231, Luton to Dunstable – Reduced service Monday to Saturday
- Service 366, Luton to South Hatfield – 2-hourly service between Luton and Welwyn Garden City only, Monday to Friday; no service on Saturday; no service between Welwyn Garden City and South Hatfield, Monday to Friday
- Service X31, Luton to Dunstable – Saturday service Monday to Saturday
Flittabus and Wanderbus
Flittabus and Wanderbus: all services suspended from Monday 23 March indefinitely.
All Grant Palmer services will operate to a Saturday timetable from Monday 23 March apart from the following:
- Service 36C – Operating Saturday frequency
- Service 36A – No service
- Service 37 – Withdrawn
- Service 42 – Operating a revised Saturday service to ensure essential links remain
- Services 78 / 79 and 200 – Will continue to operate to a weekday timetable
- Service 74 between Biggleswade, Langford and Hitchin – Operating an emergency timetable until further notice (view Service 74 timetable)
- Service CX – Operating revised timetable, effective 28 April 2020 (view Service CX timetable)
All services suspended from Tuesday 24 March indefinitely.
Marshalls Coaches services
Services 771 and 772 suspended from 30 March until further notice.
National Express and Megabus services
All services provided by the above operators are suspended from Sunday 5 April.
Roadrunner Community Bus
Roadrunner Community Bus: all services suspended indefinitely from Thursday 19 March.
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
As from Tuesday 24 March, services 43, 47, 74 and 232 will operate reduced service level, Monday to Friday only. This will be in line with the Christmas holidays schedule.
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
From Monday 30 March, UNO Services CX, C5 C10 and C12 will be suspended until further notice. Services C1 and C11 will operate revised Saturday timetables every day of the week, with later starts and earlier finishes.
Service 610 will be suspended indefinitely.
For all services
In line with government guidance, bus operators within Central Bedfordshire are implementing 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 away from other people at bus stops
Plan your trip
If possible, please refer to digital realtime screens at stops, as these will have more up-to-date information than printed timetable panels.
Please contact the bus operator in the first instance to obtain accurate information about specific bus services.
Please be aware operators are under extreme pressure to deliver services with reduced resources and as such may not be able to respond to your query immediately.
If you need transport where normal bus services are not an option, please contact the Dial-a-Ride operator for your area.