Save the citi8

drummer streetThe citi8 bus service from Cottenham used to be really good because it enabled people from Cottenham and Histon & Impington to get one bus to take them to Cambridge Station, to the 6th form colleges and to Addenbrooke’s. But no more.

Citing operational expediency Stagecoach now terminates the service at the city centre requiring those who need to travel onwards to get another bus. That wouldn’t be too bad but the city centre bus interchange does not make it easy. There’s poor/non-existent signage and it’s a lottery knowing which bus to get next.

I don’t blame Stagecoach. It’s a commercial operator and it knows how to manage its buses. It explains that because of congestion south of the city centre journey times get unpredictable making it difficult to run a reliable service. I’ll buy that.

I do blame the County Council. It’s responsible for our roads, for the operation of traffic lights and for measures which impact on traffic flows. It’s also responsible for operation of the city centre bus interchange which does little to make life easy for the bus user.

That’s why I agreed to post a petition which will be taken to the Council in February. It asks the Council, with the Greater Cambridge Partnership if appropriate, to:

  • sort out the congestion; and in the meantime
  • make it easier to change buses at the city centre.

You can sign the petition at  chn.ge/2Einr3L. Last time I checked it had just passed 500 signatures.

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