Route News 2012
Changes to bus services in and around Peterborough in 2012 (latest items first). For older news see the Archive page.
Christmas and New Year Alterations
Monday December 24 - Stagecoach will run a SATURDAY service with last buses around 2000 hrs (see below for list of last buses). Delaine 101/102 has a SATURDAY service until 1630, then 1700, 1715, 1730 to Bourne; last journey Bourne - Peterborough at 1630. Delaine 201 has last bus Stamford to Peterborough at 1600, Peterborough to Stamford at 1715. First Excel normal Monday to Friday service on X1 with early finish (last buses from Peterborough station are 1635 to Norwich, 1740 and 1840 to Kings Lynn only. Last bus to Peterborough is 1850 from Kings Lynn). Kimes will run a normal Monday to Friday service. Judds will finish early with last buses to Whittlesey at 1600 and 1630; last bus Whittlesey - Peterborough at 1630.
Tuesday December 25 - NO SERVICE.
Wednesday December 26 - NO SERVICE. National Express will run four journeys to and from London.
Thursday December 27 - Stagecoach and Delaine will run a SATURDAY service. First Excel X1, Kimes and Judds have a normal Monday to Friday service.
Friday December 28 - Stagecoach and Delaine will run a SATURDAY service. First Excel X1, Kimes and Judds have a normal Monday to Friday service.
Saturday December 29 - Normal Saturday service.
Sunday December 30 - Normal Sunday service.
Monday December 31 - Stagecoach will run a SATURDAY service with last buses around 2000 hrs (see below for list of last buses). Delaine 101/102 has a SATURDAY service until 1630, then 1700, 1715, 1730 to Bourne; last journey Bourne - Peterborough at 1630. Delaine 201 has last bus Stamford to Peterborough at 1600, Peterborough to Stamford at 1715. First Excel normal Monday to Friday service on X1 with early finish (last buses from Peterborough station are 1635 to Norwich, 1740 and 1840 to Kings Lynn only. Last bus to Peterborough is 1850 from Kings Lynn). Kimes will run a normal Monday to Friday service. Judds will finish early with last buses to Whittlesey at 1600 and 1630; last bus Whittlesey - Peterborough at 1630.
Tuesday January 1 - NO SERVICE. National Express will run one journey to London at 1250, returning at 1630.
Wednesday January 2 - Normal service resumes.
Last Stagecoach buses on December 24 and 31
Last journeys will be as follows:
citi 1 - 2015 City Centre to Orton, 2015 City Centre to Werrington, 2035 Werrington to Millfield
citi 2 - 2015 City Centre to Paston, 2030 City Centre to Bretton
citi 3 - 2010 City Centre to Bretton, 2015 City Centre to Yaxley
citi 4 - 2020 City Centre to Welland, 1941 Welland to City Centre
citi 5 - 2015 City Centre to Dogsthorpe, 1928 Dogsthorpe to City Centre
citi 6 - 1950 City Centre to Hampton, 2007 Hampton to City Centre
route X4 - 1930 and 2030 Peterborough to Northampton will terminate at Kettering
Delaine changes from October 7th
From Sunday October 7th the Sunday service on Delaine's Peterborough - Bourne service will be amended. The service will still run hourly as now, but all journeys wil be route 101. This means the route 102 journeys from Bourne at 0900, 1100, 1300 and 1500 and from Peterborough at 1100, 1300, 1500 and 1700 will now take route 101 and Deeping St James will no longer be served on Sundays.
On route 201 the last journey of the day from Peterborough to Stamford on Saturdays will be retimed from 1750 to 1715. The Monday to Friday service is unchanged.
Heritage buses on September 8th and 9th
A heritage bus service will be operating hourly on Saturday and Sunday September 8th and 9th linking Peterborough Museum with Flag Fen and Longthorpe Tower. The 1960s Routemaster bus will leave from the museum hourly 1000 to 1600 on both days.
Extra journeys on Kimes 9 Peterborough - Oakham
Kimes (now part of Centrebus) will be introducing a revised timetable from September 2nd. The only change is the plugging of the two-hour gap between Stamford and Oakham on Mondays to Fridays, plus the two gaps on Saturdays throughout the route, giving an hourly service throughout the day. In other words, on Mondays to Fridays the 1340 from Peterborough is extended beyond Stamford to Oakham, and the 1535 Stamford - Peterborough starts back from Oakham at 1340, whilst on Saturdays there are extra journeys from Peterborough at 0940 and 1340 and from Oakham at 1105 and 1505.
Revised service B to Cambridge
Only two weeks after its introduction, Stagecoach service B to Huntingdon and Cambridge (via the Cambridgeshire Busway) has a revised timetable from August 5th, with around 10 minutes added to the overall journey time. Departures from Peterborough are 5 minutes later than before. Thank you to the two correspondents who emailed to point out this change.
Summer weekend Skegness service
Stagecoach is once again running the popular service X12 to Skegness this summer, on Saturdays and Sundays from July 21st to August 27th. Departure from Peterborough (Bay 16) is at 0945, arriving Boston at 1105 and Skegness at 1140. The bus will also pick up at Market Deeping Market Place (1005) and Spalding Bus Station (1035). The return journey will leave Skegness at 1730 and Boston at 1800, arriving back in Peterborough at 1910.
Not sure if the fare is the same as last year, which was £10 return, children £7, family fare (up to 4 people, no more than 2 adults) £22. Pay the driver on the day. Please note that senior citizens are unable to use their free passes on this service.
Peterborough - Huntingdon - Cambridge from July 23rd
From Monday July 23rd there will be an hourly through service from Peterborough to Cambridge via Huntingdon and the Busway. This will be an extension of the existing Busway route B. The new route will serve Sawtry but not Stilton or Alconbury and will therefore be considerably quicker between Peterborough and Huntingdon (48 minutes) than old route 46, which previously took 70 minutes. Peterborough to Cambridge will take 1 hour 52 minutes.
Route 46 will be cut back to run hourly between Peterborough and Stilton, with two journeys extended at school times to and from Sawtry.
All pages have been updated with the new timings.
13/07/12 updated 22/07/12
Stagecoach changes from June 10th
Route 31 Peterborough to Ramsey will have a completely new timetable. The off-peak service will be reduced to two-hourly and all journeys will run on a clockwise loop serving Ramsey Mereside on the way to Ramsey, then returning to Peterborough via Bury and Ramsey St Mary's.
Route 33 Peterborough to March will also be revised, with an improved off-peak service. Routes 31 and 33 combined will provide a bus between Peterborough and Whittlesey every 30 minutes. Oakdale Avenue in Peterborough will no longer be served.
There will also be minor changes to Peterborough Citi services citi 1, citi 2 and citi 3.
Relevant pages have been updated.
08/05/12, updated 10/06/12
Fare changes from April 1st
April 1st will see a general fares revision on all Stagecoach services. For local journeys around Peterborough the Dayrider will increase from £3.50 to £3.70, whilst the Megarider goes up from £12.00 to £12.50. For journeys further afield the Cambridgeshire Dayrider Plus rises from £5.40 to £5.70 (the Family version goes up 50p to £6.50) whilst the weekly version, the Cambridgeshire Megarider Plus, will go up £1 to £22.50.
The Dayrider Gold sees a hefty increase and the range will be as follows: East Adult Dayrider Gold £12.00, East Child/Concession Dayrider Gold £9.20, East Family Dayrider Gold £23.00, East 1 week Megarider Gold £32.00. I believe the day ticket was previously £7.20 if purchased from a Peterborough based bus (but £10.30 if purchased on a Stagecoach Northamptonshire bus, for example the X4 or 24). The new ticket may also be more restricted geographically but this is unconfirmed.
Kimes, who became part of Centrebus last summer but remained as a separate entity, will be issuing and accepting Centrebus day tickets from April 1st, giving some interesting possibilities for days out.
Judd's 701 to Coates retimed
Just discovered that Judd's changed their 701 timetable from February 27th. Most journeys have been adjusted to leave Peterborough at half past the hour, including the 1745 which now leaves at 1730. The 1515 to Coates is withdrawn, replaced by a 1600 to Whittlesey Market Place. The 1610 from Coates is also withdrawn.
Through coach to Chester and Birkenhead
From February 27th National Express has extended the Great Yarmouth - Peterborough - Birmingham service 308 through to Birkenhead, calling at Crewe, Nantwich, Chester and Ellesmere Port. Departure from Peterborough is at 1240, arriving Birkenhead at 1945, whilst the southbound service leaves Birkenhead at 0835, arriving at Peterborough 1535. Other National Express timings from Peterborough are unchanged.
Rail Fares to London
I've finally made time to update the list of rail fares from Peterborough to London. One change which I have just discovered, but which happened sometime last year, is a small improvement to the evening peak restriction for First Capital Connect off-peak tickets. Rather than 1630 it has been eased to 1645 for Peterborough travellers, meaning they can catch the 1640 from Kings Cross with an off-peak return ticket from Peterborough (this is one of FCC's faster services taking just 1 hour and 2 minutes).
Bus Station maintenance work from January 16th
Due to essential maintenance work, bays will be out of use as follows:
Phase 1 - Jan 16th to approx Feb. 12th: Bays 1a to 10 will be closed. Until 1800 hrs all buses will leave instead from Acland Street coach park. After 1800 hrs (and all day on Sundays) buses will depart from alternative bays at the bus station.
Phase 2 - Approx Feb. 12th to approx Feb 19th: Bays 10a to 20 will be closed. Until 1800 hrs all buses will leave instead from Acland Street coach park. After 1800 hrs (and all day on Sundays) buses will depart from alternative bays at the bus station.
For full details please see the City Council's Route Watch page.
Stagecoach changes from January 15th
Stagecoach are introducing changes from January 15th which mostly affect services to City Hospital, also Citi 8 and services 23/24 to Orton Waterville, Oundle and Thrapston. Details are as follows:
All services to City Hospital (including new route 25 below) will at last be extended to a new bus stop outside the main entrance.
The City Centre to City Hospital section of Citi 7, which runs on Mondays to Fridays (every 20 minutes), will now run direct via Westfield Road and Bretton Gate taking just 10 minutes, instead of via the City Care Centre in Thorpe Road. The latter will be served by a new route 25 which will run from Queensgate to the City Hospital via the City Care Centre (the old route of Citi 7). This will also run on Mondays to Fridays only, but will be every hour off-peak and every 30 minutes in the peaks.
Citi 8 has been allocated an extra vehicle to relieve timekeeping problems. The Queensgate to Parnwell section is rerouted via Broadway and the Regional College on Eastfield Road instead of via the Frank Perkins Parkway, taking 13 minutes instead of 11. This means it will serve the Broadway stop after Queensgate rather than Midgate, and journeys to Parnwell leave Queensgate 2 minutes earlier than previously.
The Queensgate to Cardea part of Citi 8 is given extra running time (19 minutes instead of 15), with the Stanground Corner to Cardea section being increased from 3 minutes to 7, with an 11 minute layover at Cardea instead of only 1 minute.
Route 24 to Oundle now leaves Queensgate 5 minutes earlier off-peak at 20 minutes past the hour and the short-lived extension to start from Peterborough Rail Station has been dropped. A journey at 1735 from Peterborough replaces those at 1700 and 1800. In Oundle, buses no longer extend to St Peters Road or Rockingham Hills but instead reach the Market Place by looping via New Road. The shorter route has enabled the experimental introduction of extra trips between Queensgate and Orton Waterville, which therefore gains a half-hourly service for much of the day. The extra trips are numbered 23 and run via Thorpe Road rather than Oundle Road. Lynch Wood also gets an improved peak hour service on route 23 (including a new 1909 from Lynch Wood), but Thrapston journeys on route 24 are further reduced and no longer run on Saturdays.
One journey on route 36 (Thorney - Peterborough) is extended from and to Holbeach Drove on Mondays to Fridays, leaving there at 0705, and returning from Peterborough at 1745. This is presumably a bus which is outstationed at Fowler's depot there. Journeys terminating in Thorney now loop via Sandpit Road and Park Crescent in order to turn round. A further change is that the 0845 Queensgate to Thorney now runs 10 minutes earlier.
On route 46, the 1645 Huntingdon to Peterborough journey now runs 10 minutes later.
Minor changes updated
Due to being extremely busy at work over the last few months, some changes from the latter part of 2011 were either overlooked or put to one side, as shown below. These have now been updated on relevant pages, except where shown:
From July 3rd Diamond Coaches of Rushden commenced a new Irchester to Peterborough service via Rushden, Raunds and Thrapston. It runs on the first Saturday of each month, and is numbered 203. Full details are available by cliking on route 203 on the Routes page (it's a large pdf file and may take a while to load).
In September there were minor changes to Stagecoach service 24. The 1245 from Thrapston to Oundle became a through journey to Peterborough at 1250, running via Rockingham Hills taking up the existing 1314 departure.
From October 3rd, services operated by Paul James Coaches (part of Veolia) were taken over by Centrebus. As far as Peterborough is concerned, this affected Uppingham to Peterborough service 47 (one journey on Mondays to Fridays only) which now starts and finishes at Oakham, but is otherwise unchanged between Uppingham and Peterborough. The other service taken over is LocalLink 413.
LocalLink services previously operated by Peterborough City Council are now operated by Enterprise Managed Services on behalf of the Council. For the time being they are still shown here as operated by the City Council.
Timings for some LocalLink services have changed and will be rechecked over the next few days.
29/12/11, updated 15/01/12
First Excel X1 to Lowestoft
From January 1st First Excel route X1 has some timetable revisions. Between Peterborough, Norwich and Great Yarmouth the service is unchanged, but the last journey from Peterborough which continues beyond Great Yarmouth to Lowestoft is now earlier at 1444 on Mondays to Saturdays and 1419 on Sundays. The last journey from Lowestoft to Peterborough is now one hour earlier on Mondays to Fridays at 1748 (1648 on Sundays), but the service from Great Yarmouth and Norwich to Peterborough is unchanged.
Rail Fares from January 2nd
Rail fares will be increasing by an average of 5.9% from January 2nd. The summary page of rail fares from Peterborough to London will be updated shortly.