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Bus operators form alliance to improve travel in Cambridgeshire

Bus operators in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have formed a new association aimed at giving the people of the region an improved transport network.

The CP Bus Alliance is a grouping of the key bus operators: A2B, Delaine Buses, Dews Coaches, Stagecoach East, Stephenson’s, Vectare, and Whippet. They intend to take a pan-network approach to maintain competition and work together to improve the bus network for passengers.

The move comes in the same month that Mayor Dr Nik Johnson outlined his vision to offer the people of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough a world-class bus service. He has also outlined his key priorities to keep people connected as: to add more buses to the network; provide bus users with better information; offer more reliability across the network; provide nicer, better quality buses; and give better value for money to users.

Bus operators form alliance to improve travel in Cambridgeshire.
Bus operators form alliance to improve travel in Cambridgeshire.

The CP Bus Alliance is very supportive of the Mayor’s priorities.

David Boden, Director of Business Development at Stagecoach East has been elected as the first Chairman of the CP Bus Alliance. He said: “By working together with the Mayor, we can work through the detail needed to deliver on those priorities and, most importantly, start to deliver results for the people of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. We intend to ensure that Cambridgeshire and Peterborough residents can see something real and tangible in terms of change.

“This partnership, though, does need, on the part of the Mayor, CPCA and other local authorities, support in delivering a road network on which we can deliver punctual services. We are ready, willing, and able to be held accountable for the aspect of reliability we can control – providing a bus and a driver when we say we will.

“But, let me be clear: once the bus leaves the depot early in the morning, its performance throughout the rest of the day is overwhelmingly dictated by issues like congestion, parking enforcement, and roadworks, none of which are in bus operators’ power to change. We all know that these issues cause daily problems for our customers with delayed and cancelled services, and are also a significant barrier to encouraging more people to travel by bus.

“From our perspective, we will work to clearly understand the wants and needs of our customers, local officials, and the Mayor and his team, so we can deliver real tangible results that people can see soon. By working together, in the spirit of co-operation, we can get Cambridgeshire and Peterborough moving.”

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