Route News 2021
Changes to bus services in and around Peterborough (latest items first). For older news see the Archive page.
For details of temporary route diversions and changes (due to roadworks, special events, weather etc) see the local Stagecoach page, Delaine's Twitter page and First's Current Issues page for Excel alterations.
Temporary additional bus station
The eastern side of Queensgate bus station has been closed since March 2020 due to Queensgate building work; Stagecoach services 4, 6, 23, 24, 31, 33, 36, 37, 60-63 and 904 use the temporary bus station in Acland Street bus park, as shown in the relevant Destination and Routes pages. Both bus stations are shown on the Location Map which also shows walking routes to and from the railway station.
Service 47 Melton Mowbray - Oakham - Uppingham - Peterborough
The last Centrebus journey on route 47 operated on Friday August 27th. The replacement service operated by Vectare will commence on Monday September 6th and will run in the same timings as before but will be extended beyond Whissendine to and from Melton Mowbray. Timings are shown on the Routes page.
31/08/2021 updated 04/09/21
Stagecoach Citi services 1 to 6, also 904 from August 29th
From Sunday August 29th there will be changes to Peterborough Citi services 1 to 6 and also service 904 to St Ives. Details are below:
Citi 1 is being allocated additional vehicles to improve reliability, with Monday to Saturday buses scheduled to have 10 minutes at Queensgate bus station in both directions, whilst there is also additional layover time at both ends of the route. This does mean that passengers staying on the bus at Queensgate (Rivergate passengers for example), or at Werrington Centre or Paulsgrove, will find their journeys a little longer than before. Off-peak timings from both Werrington and Orton to Queensgate are unchanged on Mondays to Fridays but there are some changes in the peaks and to outward journeys from Queensgate. The first bus from the Ortons is a little later at 0632 from Paulsgrove instead of 0616.
The Saturday timetable on Citi 1 is revised throughout, and from mid-morning reverts to running every 12 minutes (previously every 15 minutes), as it did before the pandemic. The first Saturday journey from Werrington is earlier (at 0631), whereas the first Saturday journey from Orton Wistow is later (at 0632).
The peak hour service to Orton Southgate has departures from Queensgate every 12 minutes 0612 to 0836 (slightly later than the previous 0829). The evening peak service back from Orton Southgate is unchanged.
Citi 2 and Citi 3 have significant revisions, especially in the evenings. The Saturday service starts earlier, with journeys from North Bretton at 0612 and from Paston (Pittneys) at 0626.
Citi 4 has minor revisions on Mondays to Fridays but more significant retimings on Saturdays, with an earlier start. The Sunday timetable is completely revised with departures from Queensgate on the hour to City Hospital (1000 to 1900), returning on the half-hour (0930 to 1930), thereby running later into the evening than previously (the Parnwell leg is also revised). The one journey on route 4 which extends to Eye is slightly retimed to leave Acland Street at 1910 (Monday to Saturday).
Citi 5 has a revised timetable and a significant change is that Cardea journeys are extended beyond Cardea every day to serve the Amazon Distribution Centre in the Kingston Park Industrial Estate, basically during the time that buses were previously laying over at Cardea. The Saturday timetable is now the same as the Monday to Friday timings (therefore with an earlier start) but on Sundays the first buses from Yaxley, Cardea and Welland are approximately one hour later than previously.
On Citi 6 the evening journeys from Acland Street are retimed 10 minutes later starting at 1955. The Saturday service starts considerably earlier and the Sunday timetable is also revised; journeys no longer omit Serpentine Green on Sunday evenings. A new feature is that the first few journeys from Hampton serve the railway station on Saturdays as well as on Mondays to Fridays.
Route 904 Peterborough - Huntingdon - St Ives has a change to the 1420 journey from Peterborough, which runs 30 minutes later on schooldays. This is in order to give Sawtry pupils a southbound service at the end of the school day. Additionally, all journeys in both directions will operate a one-way clockwise loop around Houghton Village, due to the narrow roads there.
New pdf timetables are available on the Routes page and new versions of the relevant Destination pages have also been created.
25/08/2021 updated 27/08/2021
Delaine service 301/302 Stamford - Market Deeping - Spalding
Although not serving Peterborough, this route is included on the Routes page for convenience, and has a new timetable from September 1st consequent upon the withdrawal of Brylaine's routes G53 and G79 serving Stamford College. Delaine is retiming the 0735 journey from Spalding to 0745 and extending it on college days to Stamford (St Paul's Street), whilst the 1640 college days journey from Stamford will be diverted after Market Deeping to run to Spalding rather than Bourne.
Centrebus R47/47 Whissendine - Oakham - Uppingham - Peterborough
Centrebus 47/R47, which consists of a single journey each way on Mondays to Fridays, will be taken over by a new operator, Vectare, commencing on August 31st following the bank holiday.
Dews 415 Upwood - Woodwalton - Peterborough
An update is that Dews' Wednesday service 415 from Upwood and Woodwalton to Peterborough will continue to be operated by Dews for the time being whilst an alternative operator is sought.
36 and 37 to serve Peterborough One Retail Park
From July 26th Stagecoach services 36 and 37 will be diverted to serve Peterborough One Retail Park. Timings from Peterborough are unchanged, as are most other timings, although departures from Eye towards Peterborough are up to four minutes earlier.
Hamilton 206, Shaws 306
Two weekly services into Peterborough are no longer running - Hamilton Coaches 206 from Burton Latimer (Thursdays) and Shaws Coaches 306 from Peakirk via Newborough (Wednesdays) are not being reinstated following the pandemic.
Peterborough to Skegness X12
This year Stagecoach are running the summer holiday X12 Peterborough to Skegness on Saturdays and Sundays July 24 to August 29 and also on Bank Holiday Monday August 30. Timings are the same as last year, leaving Queensgate Bus Station (Bay 9/10) at 0945 and returning from Skegness at 1730. The full timetable is linked from the Routes page.
Incidentally I have recently added a link on the Routes page to Stagecoach service 57 Spalding - Boston - Skegness for those wishing to travel to Skegness when the X12 doesn't run, by changing at Spalding.
11/06/2021 updated 14/07/2021
Delaine schoolday restrictions removed
Restrictions on certain Delaine journeys being only available to school pupils have now been removed.
National Express coaches to Wembley (also Lady Gaga concert)
National Express is gradually expanding its coach network following the Covid shutdown, but Peterborough remains unserved with regular routes for the time being. National Express is, however, advertising two special event services from Peterborough: service W29 to Wembley Stadium for the rescheduled Euro 2020 football matches on June 13, 18, 22, 26, July 6, 7, 11, and service N24 on July 30 to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the Lady Gaga concert.
See the foot of the ROUTES page for further details.
05/05/2021 updated 19/05/2021
Minor revisions to Delaine 101/102
Delaine has a new timetable for routes 101/102 Peterborough - Market Deeping - Bourne from today, May 2nd. The only change is that the journey time has been slightly reduced by a couple of minutes, which means that southbound departures from certain intermediate points are one or two minutes earlier.
An example is Market Deeping where the daytime departures from Church Street to Peterborough are now at 20 and 50 minutes past each hour instead of 22 and 52. Similarly route 102 from the Market Place is now at 05 minutes past the hour instead of 07 (departures from Deeping St James are correspondingly earlier).
Note that service 102 remains suspended on Saturdays.
Temporary timetable for Centrebus 47/R47
Due to a road closure on the A6003 at Manton to repair a bridge, from April 12th Centrebus 47/R47 is diverted around Rutland Water via Empingham and Edith Weston. The morning departure times from Whissendine, Langham and Oakham are 15 minutes earlier, with a correspondingly later arrival in the afternoon. The revised timetable will be found under ROUTES; this is expected to be in force until July 5th.
Excel Revisions (not affecting Peterborough)
There is a new Excel timetable from April 11th, but journeys to and from Peterborough are unchanged. The revisions are to the extra journeys between Dereham and Norwich (route D).
Stagecoach changes from April 18th
There are significant changes to route 904 from April 18th, and minor changes to routes 1, 2, 23/4 affecting certain stops in Werrington, Orton Wistow, City Hospital and Lynch Wood.
Route 904 Peterborough - Huntingdon - St Ives has a new timetable with departures from Acland St 20 minutes later at 20 minutes past each hour. To aid reliability journey times have been extended by a few minutes, and journeys towards Peterborough run a few minutes later. The route in St Ives has changed with buses running first to the bus station then continuing to Morrisons where the service terminates (the reverse applies on journeys towards Peterborough).
Werrington - Officially the terminus will move to a different point along the loop - Werrington Centre instead of Three Horseshoes in Werrington Village. In practice it will make little difference but passengers joining between Three Horseshoes and Werrington Centre should note that buses are timed three minutes earlier, and the first journeys of the day start from Werrington Centre rather than Three Horseshoes. There are minor changes to the timetable in the evening peak towards Werrington but timings from Werrington Centre to the city are unchanged.
Orton Wistow - The terminus moves from Ferryview, at the start of the Orton Wistow loop, to the Paulsgrove stop at the end of the loop. This is believed to be for traffic safety reasons. Passengers joining along the loop may find their bus running a few minutes earlier, and early morning buses start at Paulsgrove instead of Ferryview.
City Hospital - A few journeys on Citi 2 which were not serving the main entrance at the Hospital (mostly early morning and at weekends) will now route via the main entrance. Broadly the times at which passengers will have to walk from Stop 4 (near the entrance to the hospital site) will be 0730 - 0900 and 1630 - 1800 Monday to Friday. At weekends all buses will on route 2 serve the main entrance except, strangely, the 1850 towards the city on Saturdays, unless this is an error in the timetable. New route 29 continues to serve only stop 4 at the hospital; remember this route is for a trial period only - use it or lose it!
Lynch Wood - The terminus of routes 23 and 24 will move from the Marriot Hotel/Showground to Commerce Road, which is the next stop along towards Peterborough. This is apparently to avoid blocking traffic entering the estate. My understanding is that the northbound stop may have been removed altogether (also affecting X4) - buses on 23/24 from Peterborough will continue to set down at the Marriot Hotel before turning at the roundabout, but it seems that passengers for the city centre who used to board at the Marriot Hotel will have to walk to Commerce Road.
30/03/2021, updated 06/04/2021
Easter Holiday Arrangements
Good Friday April 2nd - Stagecoach and Excel are running a Sunday service, except for route X4 (operated by Stagecoach Midlands) which has a Saturday service. Delaine 101 runs from Bourne at 0730, 0900 then every 30 minutes until 1630; from Peterborough at 0900, 1000 then every 30 minutes until 1730 (no service on 102). Delaine 201 has a Saturday timetable starting with the 0810 from Bourne and 1000 from Peterborough.
Easter Saturday April 3rd - Normal Saturday services.
Easter Sunday April 4th - Sunday service on Stagecoach and Excel. No service on Delaine.
Easter Monday April 5th - All operators are running Sunday timetables.
New Look for Peterborough Bus Times
Peterborough Bus Times has a new look! I have finally found time to move everything onto a so-called responsive template, which means that it adapts more cleverly to the type of device you are using, and therefore gives a better experience for mobile phone users. For example, on smaller devices the menu structure is automatically replaced by a single menu button.
More importantly, I have been working hard to reintroduce the Destination pages, whereby each location has a simple list of all bus departures to and from Peterborough city centre. Having suspended these pages during the pandemic due to frequent changes, they are once again available and fully up-to-date. Whilst they were previously split into City and Country categories, they are now all linked from the new Destinations page.
The menu includes a new item entitled Days Out, which is a placeholder for a new feature to be introduced this summer, with suggested itineraries for days out by bus from Peterborough. Don't forget that you can also check the Peterborough Bus Times Facebook page, which is updated whenever there are significant changes to the website.
Delaine 102 restored on Mondays to Fridays from March 8th
From Monday March 8th Delaine service 102 to Deeping St James has been reintroduced on Mondays to Fridays following its temporary suspension. Note that the route remains suspended on Saturdays. The new timetable can be found on the Routes page.
Stagecoach X4 school journeys reinstated from March 8th
Stagecoach X4 Peterborough - Corby - Kettering - Northampton has a revised timetable from March 7th. The only changes are the reintroduction of the school journey to/from Kings School (and school journeys in the Corby area) from Monday March 8th.
A link to the previous timetable has been kept on the Routes page as this is easier to use for through journeys across Corby - the new timetable as it currently stands has separate sections for Peterborough to Corby and Corby to Northampton.
Rail Fares from March 1st
Rail fares in England and Wales were increased by an average of 2.6% from March 1st. Normally fares change at the beginning of January so this was a departure from usual practice.
I have reluctantly decided to discontinue the list of walk-on rail fares between Peterborough and London due to its complexity and the time taken to compile it. Another factor is that many passengers opt to buy advance tickets, the price of which varies from train to train and from day to day so cannot be shown on the list. The 2020 fares, valid to February 28th 2021, can be found on the Archive page.
New Route 29 City Hospital to Orton and Hampton from March 1st
From March 1st new Stagecoach Route 29 will be introduced linking the City Hospital with Orton and Hampton without going via the city centre.
The route will be City Hospital (stop 4) - Orton Waterville - Lynch Wood (Showground) - Orton Northgate - Orton Southgate - Hampton Hargate - Serpentine Green. See the full List of Stops. The route will run on Mondays to Saturdays with departures from City Hospital hourly 0900 to 1400 and from Serpentine Green hourly 0930 to 1430 (see under ROUTES for the full timetable).
Note that at the City Hospital the new route serves stop 4 near the main road, and does not run to and from the main entrance. It has been organised in partnership with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and is for a 12 month trial period.
As with other routes serving the Hospital, a 15% discount is available to any member of hospital staff from the North West Anglia NHS Trust who has a valid NHS Staff ID pass.
Reissued timetables and minor changes
From January 24th the Stagecoach X4 timetable has been reissued with minor changes. Departure times from Peterborough are not affected.
For the record, the timetable for Citi 1 was reissued with a date of January 10th 2021, but the reason is unknown as the timings are identical to the previous version of July 2020.
The Excel Peterborough - Norwich timetable has been reissued dated January 31st but journeys serving Peterborough are unchanged - the only revisions are to the additional journeys which run between Dereham and Norwich.
22/01/2021 updated 07/02/21
Reduced Delaine Services (Revised)
From January 18th Delaine has temporarily withdrawn route 102 to Deeping St James due to the lockdown, and has therefore reissued the 101 timetable, though the 101 itself is running a normal timetable - a link to the new timetable can be found on the ROUTES page.
Earlier in the week there was a plan to reduce the 101 Saturday service from this coming Saturday but that decision has now been reversed and route 101 will run a normal service.
On January 20th and 21st Delaine ran a reduced off-peak timetable on route 301/302 Stamford - Deeping - Spalding, but it has been decided to revert to the normal timetable from Friday onwards so that passengers will not be inconvenienced.
20/01/2021, updated 21/01/2021