Sunday 13 April 2014

Council check: Central Bedfordshire Council

I wonder how well Central Bedfordshire Council are promoting the bus services on their patch?

Where do the buses go?

There's a county map plus maps of the major towns showing all routes, although the Dunstable map is rather out of date as it shows the busway to Luton as still under construction. Potentially misleading. In the timetables section, you can however see a list of all routes in each part of the borough/county. Traveline will also provide you with a list of all routes serving each area. 3 out of 5.


Six timetables booklets can be downloaded as PDFs, which between them provide timetables for all routes in the borough/county/whatever-Central-Beds-is-these-days. 5 out of 5.


A comprehensive fares guide is provided, which details most of the tickets available, including many sample single fares. Plusbus is mentioned, as is HipHop, the multi-operator ticket for Dunstable and Luton, although you have to rummage about on Arriva's site to see a map of where it is valid. 4 out of 5.


So the maps are comprehensive, but not necessarily up to date, the timetables are complete and the fares information is more comprehensive than what most councils provide. Central Bedfordshire Council scores a total of 12 out of 15.


  1. Just goes to show that good fares information can be provided when the will is there!

  2. Their website information may be decent, but their information at bus stops leaves a lot to be desired.

    I live near their subsidised 49 route an the best they can manage is laminated A4 sheets which have all leaked water.



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