Stagecoach changes decision on using new Whittlesey bus stop

Whittlesey's new bus stop which is not being used by Stagecoach EMN-150414-132701009

Whittlesey's new bus stop which is not being used by Stagecoach EMN-150414-132701009

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A new bus stop placed in Whittlesey as part of a £500,000 scheme could now be used by Stagecoach after a change of decision.

Stagecoach is putting in an application to run its Whittlesey to Peterborough service through the Grosvenor Road stop which was developed as part of the scheme by Cambridgeshire County Council.

If a short notice application is approved by the Traffic Commissioner, Stagecoach will begin stopping in Grosvenor Road from June 7.

Stagecoach had previously refused to use the stop after claiming it would add at least two minutes to its route.

However, it claims that by adjusting the time its buses wait at Queensgate Shopping Centre and The Fenman in Stanground, those two minutes will be made up.

Currently, only Judd’s Travel uses the new bus stop but the firm could fold in the next month after having its operator’s licence revoked by the Traffic Commissioner.

Judd’s has been ordered to stop operating after June 9 but is appealing the decision.

Emblings Coaches, which also had its licence revoked by the Traffic Commissioner, is considering whether to appeal as well.

Andy Campbell, managing director of Stagecoach East, said the buses will leave Queensgate and The Fenman earlier to save the extra two minutes taken up by using the Grosvenor Road stop.

He added: “It would be a shame for the county council to have spent money on a bus facility for it not to be used at all.”

The Grosvenor Road bus stop, which was completed in April, replaced the one in Market Place.

This allowed works to go ahead in Market Place to create outdoor dining as part of the scheme.