An additional stop on an important rural bus route has been added by transport chiefs after listening to feedback from residents.
Cambridgeshire County Council recently made changes to the 7A bus service which serves the villages of Sawston, Hinxton, Heathfield and Whittlesford, following requests from residents and councillors.
This includes making changes to the timetable, putting in an extra bus stop at Duxford’s Imperial War Museum, running the service both ways through Whittlesford and creating a more direct route through Sawston to ease congestion.
The changes, which came into effect from Saturday, July 30, will speed up the service, make it more direct and attract more passengers in these villages. Alterations have also been made to the timetable so the service will terminate at Trumpington Park and Ride rather than Babraham Park and Ride, giving people more opportunities for onward journeys into Cambridge and beyond.
This means the bus will now pass through areas of Great Shelford where it did not go previously. Following requests from residents, an additional stop has been added to the route by the County Council after negotiations with Stagecoach, which runs the Citi 7 service that also serves the village.
The bus will now stop at the additional stop in Tunwells Close – which is near Shelford Medical Practice – along with Granta Terrace providing an additional option for travelling on to Trumpington Park and Ride.
Cllr Ian Bates, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Economy and Environment Committee Chairman, said: “We understand that some residents were unhappy with the changes to the 7A service and have listened to their requests for the bus to stop at more locations in Great Shelford. We are pleased that our discussions with Stagecoach have resulted in an additional stop being added to the route without impacting the regular Citi 7 service which also serves the village.
“These changes not only provide an additional option for passengers to access Trumpington Park and Ride, but also means that passengers on the 7A will be able to access Shelford Medical Practice which is used by some residents from Whittlesford.”
“The more options we can give bus users, especially on rural bus routes, the more attractive that public transport becomes as a mode of travel – which is a win-win for everybody,” added Stagecoach Operations Director, Zoe Paget.
“There was a danger that adding additional stops to the Council-subsidised 7A could cause our commercial Citi7 to become loss-making too, potentially making both services dependent on public funding, but I’m ple