If you live in Orchard Park and need to get somewhere by bus you don’t have many options.
You might think that the community is well served by the Guided Bus. Wrong. Although it runs along the back of the community most buses don’t stop. In fact there’s no bus stop at Orchard Park for the A, C and N services.
The only service which you can get is the B which runs along King’s Hedges Road at the front of the community with two stops. Trouble is it doesn’t stop any more until it gets to Shire Hall (convenient for all those councillors from Huntingdonshire) so it’s not much use if you want to go to the shops on Histon Road.
When it gets to the city centre it stops. So if you want to go to the station or to Addenbrookes you have to change buses. That’s not terribly convenient.
The other bus services don’t help much either. The citi1 serves Arbury and in theory it’s good for the west end of Orchard Park but you do have to cross King’s Hedges Road to get to it. And the citi8 which runs along Histon Road stops close to the east end of the community but again you’ve got to cross King’s Hedges Road.
Stagecoach did run a service through Orchard Park in the early days because there was Section 106 money to fund it. Sadly when this money ran out Stagecoach pulled the plug.
Nobody wants Stagecoach to run a service at a loss of course. Heaven forbid. But it could perhaps be a little more imaginative and maybe the easiest way for it to respond would be to program the B service to stop once on Histon Road close to the shops.