To ask Arriva to amend its proposals for Houghton Regis bus services from June 18th 2017

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To ask Arriva to change its proposals for Houghton Regis bus services from 18th June 2017.

Background
From 18th June 2017, Arriva have announced that the A service will no longer serve Houghton Regis (see note 1). Arriva say they will change the routing of the Z bus service so that it will no longer serve Sandringham Drive, Windsor Drive, and Parkside Drive (from its junction with Windsor Drive to a point past Enfield Close), and instead run its service via the A5505 and Parkside Drive through to its junction with Sundon Road.

It was further announced that the 38 service is to be discontinued, and the 33 bus service will serve those disenfranchised roads - Sandringham Drive, Windsor Drive, and Parkside Drive (from its junction with Windsor Drive to a point past Enfield Close) - and take passengers only as far as Bedford Square, Houghton Regis (note 2). Also, that the 33 will not travel to L&D Hospital, as the 38 does now.


These are the main grievances which this petition* seeks Arriva to address, to bring about the best outcomes for passengers and the bus company.


1. The changes will disadvantage residents living in cul-de-sacs off Sandringham Drive, Windsor Drive, Parkside Drive up to Enfield Close. The proposals will take away their direct bus service to and from the L&D Hospital, and take away their bus service to and from Dunstable town centre. This will affect the disabled and elderly hardest.
2. Initial feedback to announced changes to timetables for A and Z services indicate that:
2.1 There will be confusion over whether an A bus from Luton will be travelling all the way to Houghton Regis or not.
2.2 There will be confusion over whether a Z bus from Houghton Regis will be going to Luton Airport, to Luton Interchange, or just to Dunstable Asda.

To resolve the issues:
3. To suggest to Arriva that at least some of the Z buses are routed every hour via the old route (Sandringham Drive, Windsor Drive, and Parkside Drive (from its junction with Windsor Drive to a point past Enfield Close)). This would restore a direct service for that catchment area to such places as Morrisons Houghton Regis, L&D Hospital, and Luton Airport (note 1).
4. To save drivers being repetitively asked by passengers about the destinations of A and Z buses, Arriva is asked to consider how best to mitigate this problem, such as the introduction of destination specific numbers.

*Petition drawn up by Alan Winter, editor of Houghton Regis News Desk (note 3)

note 1: currently proposed by Arriva after June 18th - the Z may or may not, change to an A at Asda Dunstable, and then may or may not continue all the way to Luton Airport; and that an A from Luton Airport may or may not travel to Asda Dunstable, may or may not continue to Houghton Regis as a Z.  Arriva timetables A-Z

note 2: In the other direction the 33 travels to Luton town centre. Timetable 33

note 3: You need to be logged into Facebook to read the public comments made on  26th May      27th May   1st June    7th June list



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