Minutes of NHBUG Meeting – 16 April  2019.

This Meeting was held at  Letchworth Council Offices, Gernon Rd. Meeting started at 14:00,

Approx. 14 members attended. Also attending were: Councillors Fiona Hill, Tony Hunter, Steve Jarvis, Michael Muir, Vera Swallow, Michael Harrison.
Guy Brigden (Network & Travel Planning Team Leader - HCC),
Morgan Derbyshire (Councillor Candidate)
Apologies received from: Councillor Paul Marment, Councillor Jean Green, Councillor Derrick Ashley, Marilyn Kirkland, Peter Ellingworth, Councillor Tom Gammell

Matters Arising from last minutes.

The bus stop in Penn Way has been repaired after being vandalised. A gas pipe under the road nearby has been repaired so there is no longer a smell of gas in the vicinity.
The 202 service from Ashwell station has been retendered and is now operated by A2B coaches. The timings are being altered to better fit with train arrivals. See the Intalink website for up to date details. Children are still using the 90/91 service.

Bus services
Several issues were discussed:
It was raised  that there was no direct bus connection between Baldock and Lister Hospital and suggested the 55 Arriva service could divert slightly to connect Baldock. It was noted  that the 386 service could be used although this is a more limited service than the 55 and does not run on Sundays. In fact Baldock has no Sunday bus services at all.
We will contact Arriva to suggest an amendment to the 55 service, although this has been suggested in the past with no result.
There was discussion on how to get to Biggleswade or Bedford by bus, with members sharing advice.
The procedure for raising problems with commercial services was noted (again).

The next meeting will be Monday 8th July 2019 at 14:00 Letchworth Council Offices. This will also be the AGM.

David Wakelin – Secretary: North Herts BUG