Fears for the future of a bus that runs between March and Chatteris

PUBLISHED: 16:32 03 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:39 03 October 2017

Helen Munns has been using the number 35 Stagecoach bus from March to Chatteris for 14 years and is worried the service may stop in January 2018.

Helen Munns has been using the number 35 Stagecoach bus from March to Chatteris for 14 years and is worried the service may stop in January 2018.

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Commuters and school children could be left stranded if a bus service between Chatteris and March is axed in the new year.

Stagecoach has denied the rumours saying they are looking at buses that are “under performing” and no decision has yet been made on their future.

However, worried people took to social media to say two buses were facing the axe - the 35 from March to Huntingdon railway station and the 30 from Ramsey to Huntingdon.

It is believed that the Stagecoach X9 from Cambridge to March, via Chatteris, is not under threat.

However the first bus of the day for that service is not until 12.52 which would leave Cromwell Community College students and work commuters stranded.

Helen Munns, who has been using the number 35 bus for 14 years to get to work in Chatteris, said: “If they do this I will basically lose my job.

“I had seen the talk on Facebook so asked the driver today what was happening and was told they are stopping in January,” she said.

“I can’t drive. This bus service works perfectly as I drop my son at Burrowmoor then jump on the bus outside Iceland to get to work.”

She added: “The people that make these decisions have no clue how hard it is getting around in rural areas when you have to rely on buses.”

Another person commented: “They will have to run a school bus as there are lots of kids all along the route to school.

“We are getting less and less bus services, will soon be like the ‘60’s when the only bus you saw was private hire to Chivers factories and places closer to Cambridge.”

Last year Stagecoach pulled the 1.20pm bus from the 35 service which meant Helen had to hang around for an hour in Chatteris after work to wait to catch the X9 home to March.

Currently, the number 35 bus starts at 6.52am and runs every two hours until the evening.

Andy Campbell, managing director of Stagecoach East, said: “We are looking at a number of services that have been under performing - but discussions with the county council are ongoing and it is too early to say what the future holds.”

A Cambridgeshire County Council spokesman said: “We’re aware that Stagecoach is looking at some of their local bus routes.

“Discussions with the company are at an early stage but further information will be provided once details are available.”

1 comment

  • Why is it always the most deprivedrural areas that suffer first, I thought the new Mayor of the Devolved Authority said he would ensure that these areas get better support in the future. Seems that is not to be the case.

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    ChrisS

    Wednesday, October 4, 2017

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