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CHANGES TO BUS SERVICES IN BOREHAMWOOD - update from Sullivan Buses
The only known bus service change is that the route and timetable of Sullivan Buses route 398 Potters Bar-Borehamwood-Radlett-Watford is being amended from the beginning of January 2016. The route is to be diverted to run directly along Brook Road between Leeming Road and Tesco. It will no longer serve Shenley Road, Theobald Street (between Shenley Road and Gateshead Road) and Gateshead Road. Timetable changes are to provide for extra running time. The same level of service applies except one poorly utilised return journey between Borehamwood and Potters Bar will no longer run.
The route was extended to Watford via Radlett on the 29
th May and now runs Potters Bar, South Mimms, Borehamwood, Radlett, Watford every hour Mondays to Fridays. The timetable was improved slightly at the end of August inter alia to allow extra running time in order to make the service more reliable. However, with the ending of the summer holidays traffic conditions have deteriorated again.
In Borehamwood progress through the town centre has slowed not just in school and peak hours, but also now for a longer period during Monday to Friday lunch times and on Saturdays. The only respite from the queues seems to be between 9.30 am and 11.30 am and after 19.30 on Mondays to Fridays. The 398 bus also currently serves Theobald Street but the queues to and from the Borehamwood Shopping Park are causing considerable delays to the buses.
As a result we were left with a choice of reducing the frequency to every 75 or 90 minutes or changing the route to reduce journey times. We have decided on the latter course. We know this will inconvenience a number of our passengers but we believe the medium to long term benefits of providing a reliable service outweigh the short term loss of revenue that this change is likely to incur. Route 398 will now link Borehamwood Tesco and Watford Town Centre in 30 minutes during Monday to Friday daytimes.
During November Sullivan Buses passengers will start to benefit from real time information. This means that electronic displays at bus stops will now show how many minutes away the bus is and this information will also be available on smart phones. We are also looking at the possibility of introducing mobile phone ticketing in the coming months.
With further development in Borehamwood and no significant changes to the road network we cannot see any prospect of the traffic situation improving. Given current funding by local and central government we consider that further reviews of bus services will be necessary over the next two years.
Welcome to …. Teddy’s Trails
Walking is an excellent form of exercise, which requires no special physical strength or expensive equipment – and can take you to all sorts of places which are inaccessible to vehicles.
Elstree & Borehamwood Town Council is sponsoring Teddy’s Trails, to encourage us all to pull on our hiking boots or walking shoes and get out and about on our feet.
What are Teddy’s Trails?
These trails are set of self-guided walking routes through the countryside around the town. They have been reconnoitred and are personally recommended by Teddy, a fox terrier who has been a resident of the town since his puppyhood and is an enthusiastic and experienced user of the local footpath network.
Where are Teddy’s Trails?
Although Borehamwood and Elstree are only twelve miles from Trafalgar Square, they are surrounded by open countryside which is easily accessible on foot. Each trail starts at a point which can be reached by bus from Elstree & Borehamwood station, and each trail leads back to the station.
The BBC Concert Band - Monday 7th December 2015
Town Crier - Issue 19
The latest issue of the Town Crier is now available to download.