MP attacks plan to cut buses

October 19, 2009 1:44 PM

David HowarthFurious Cambridge MP David Howarth has attacked plans to cut the number of Cambridge buses.

The move, which Stagecoach claims will "improve reliability", will reduce buses from six to four every hour on two routes from Sunday, November 29.

The changes affect the Citi 2 service, which runs from Milton to Addenbrooke's Hospital via Chesterton, the city centre and Mill Road, and the Citi 7, which runs from Cottenham to Saffron Walden via the city centre.

Buses on the Citi 4 route, which runs from the city centre to Cambourne and St Neots, will no longer serve Milton Road in the evenings.

Mr Howarth said: "These reductions affect vital services taking passengers not only into the city centre but to appointments at Addenbrooke's Hospital. Many people will be seriously inconvenienced by Stagecoach's changes.

"I wonder whether Cambridge city services are being sacrificed to make way for the new Guided Bus. It appears very coincidental that the changes are being made at the same time as the new service is to be launched.

"This is another example of a decision being taken in the interests of the company not the passengers. It strengthens the argument for local buses to be controlled by the city council."

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