No doubt as many of you are aware from my previous threads on the subject there have been drastic cuts to later evening, Sunday /Bank Holiday and some core day time bus services in Hertfordshire- in common with elsewhere around the UK outside London and the major conurbations since 2010.
The sorry saga continues with yet more changes/cuts as at the end of this financial year from March 26th:
Due to Hertfordshire County Council ( HCC) funding cuts, services 600 607 and 655, currently run under contract to HCC by UNO, are to cease operation from the 26th March. This was in the local paper at the time :
" Council branded foolish after threat to axe three Welwyn Hatfield bus services " ref. Welwyn Hatfield Times of 22nd Nov 2016 (sorry can`t get direct www. link to work)
In place of the 600 (Hatfield Rail Station-Business Park/Fielder Centre Mon- Fri- peak hour shuttle) the 614 / 644 ( Hatfield - North West London) will be re-routed to include the Rail Station and Business Park - but on the up side this at least has the advantage for students of not only an extra day Mon- Sats .but a later evening service Mon- Fri to and from the Campuses/Station up to and including 22.36 from the Station to de Hav & Forum,00.21 from the Forum & de Hav.
The North Hatfield circular 607 is to be replaced by a re-routed and extended 341/641 ( Hatfield/Hertford/ Broxbourne via Hertford Heath not Ware, except one or two journeys school times) with much the same service frequency as present. In an e-mail I received recently from Cynthia of The U of H Student Union VP Services I gather many students are rightly concerned what will happen to the 655 ( Hatfield- Borehamwood ) when this ceases from 26th March:
The 655 will be replaced by an extended and retimed 601 ( Welwyn Garden City- St. Albans, via de Hav, not the Hill End area of St. Albans or The Forum as did the 655) in which every other 601 will work through to Borehamwood & return, mostly at an hourly frequency. It will also run on Sats, although the Hatfield - WGC Sat.leg will be cut.
Also of concern to students travelling outside peak hours from/to North Hertfordshire: note the 635 ( Watford- Bricket Wood- Hatfield- Stevenage- Hitchin) will only serve Hitchin peak hours, otherwise terminating/starting instead at Stevenage Lister Hospital. The off peak service will also be reduced to every ninety minutes.
When viewing on the UNO site www.unobus.info / news re. the new schedules use the PDF version when checking the new timetables as from 26th March.
On a more positive note, the 653 which currently only serves St Albans on Suns/Bh`s will be extended through to and from Hatfield Station such as it does during the week giving students an extra ( every half hourly) service alternating with the 602, instead of the just hourly Sunday/Bh 602 as at present) ) South Hatfield / both Campuses / Station service, and an extra slightly later UNO service other than the earlier (19.09) 602 at from the Station (both from stop 2) at 19.38. Incidentally, until a few years ago the 602 ran at 30 min intervals until well after midnight, the 607 until this year until after 23.00.
Some of you returning from a day out may be interested to know that there are still three 602`s, Mon-Sats., returning from Watford scheduled as service buses from Hatfield Rail Station (stop 4) to the UNO Depot in The Business Park at 21.37, 22.37. and 00.27, journey time only about six minutes.( In coming semi-fast northbound trains from London arrive at 27 & 57 mins past the hour, the same give or take a couple or so minutes southbound from Stevenage) Alight from the bus at the Hearle Way stop directly after the bus turns off the roundabout from Mosquito Way into Gypsy Moth Avenue and which is the last stop before the bus depot and just before Acado`s- from here car park 2 entrance to the rear of The Law school in Albatross Way at the side of de Hav is only 7-10mins walk away.
For checking out cuts/alterations to all of Hertfordshire bus services from March onwards : these have been posted on the HCC travel site www.intalink.org.uk/ news/service changes.
Still on a transport theme but about trains:
May 2018 will, all being well, see the introduction at Hatfield of cross-London trains such as the St. Albans Thameslink trains do now : a link has been installed just north of King`s Cross directly into St. Pancras. This, together with the ongoing Cross Rail project, will enable students to make a relatively seamless journey from the likes of Reading in the west and Shenfield in the east to and from Hatfield with one change at the new Farringdon interchange, or direct without change from South London
Comments welcome.If anybody could link this to the Studynet I`d be most grateful. Offers?
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