Bus services 71/72 Bedford to Hitchin

 Central Bedfordshire currently fund the last two journeys on Mondays to Saturdays in each direction between Bedford and Hitchin on bus route 72, which operates via Haynes, Shefford, Clifton, Henlow and Arlesey.

Stagecoach, the operator of the service, have unfortunately told us recently that they cannot continue with the contract beyond 1 January 2017 and so the 19.35 & 21.35 departures from Bedford to Hitchin and the 20.40 and 22.40 departures from Hitchin to Bedford will be withdrawn from that date.

Central Bedfordshire’s new Passenger Transport Strategy adopted recently does not envisage any supported bus services operating in the evenings so these journeys would have been withdrawn shortly in any case. I am not therefore proposing to replace these journeys when the Stagecoach service is withdrawn in January.

The service during the earlier part of the day operates on a commercial basis and so is not affected by these changes. The Sunday service operates under contract to Central Bedfordshire and will continue unchanged for the time being, although this is likely to be withdrawn in due course as the new Passenger Transport Strategy does not envisage supported bus services operating on Sundays.

Adrian Hardy
Public Transport Manager
Passenger Transport Service
Central Bedfordshire Council Watling House, High Street North, Dunstable, LU6 1LF