Low demand sees Wisbech bus service scrapped

Stagecoach buses at Wisbech Horsefair ANL-160418-111129009
Stagecoach buses at Wisbech Horsefair ANL-160418-111129009
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Council bosses are looking to replace a Wisbech bus service which ends this weekend because too few people have taken advantage of it.

Stagecoach is scrapping the number 66 bus route that runs from the Horsefair Shopping Centre to Cromwell Road on the outskirts of town as a lack of passengers has made it unviable.

The service was launched in May last year using Section 106 money obtained from Tesco as part of the agreement for its new store in Cromwell Road.

It travels from the Horsefair along Ramnoth Road, Weasenham Lane and Cromwell Road.

The final day of operation will be Saturday, May 21.

Fenland District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council are now looking into the best options for a replacement service.

Its focus will be to maintain access to Tesco and the other businesses along Cromwell Road and Weasenham Lane, including the College of West Anglia and the Thomas Clarkson Academy.

Councillor Simon King, the council’s cabinet member responsible for transport, said: “Unfortunately, the number 66 service has not attracted enough customers to be viable.

“Consequently, re-tendering it would not represent value for money.

“The withdrawal of the service has prompted a rethink about bus access to Tesco and the south of Wisbech.

“Over the next few months we are going to examine the best options with a view to establishing a new service as a 12-month pilot project.”

People will continue to be able to travel direct from the Horsefair down Cromwell Road to Tesco using the X1 service run by the First bus company.

The X1 service runs every day and is half-hourly during the day from Monday to Saturday. There is also an X1 service on Sundays.

The 56 service goes near Weasenham Lane, stopping on Elm High Road by B&Q. It runs hourly Monday-Saturday.