Tories welcome new public transport for Bishop's Stortford
Bishop’s Stortford’s two Conservative county councillors are on board with a brand new bus service for seven towns and dozens of villages and hamlets in East and North Herts.
The first passengers will be able to book journeys on Herts Lynx from Sunday (Sept 19) via a mobile app (available on Android Playstore and Apple Store), website (bookings.hertslynx.co.uk/login) or phone (01992 555513). Travellers using the app will be able to track their bus in real time.
It is a demand-responsive service – people will be able to use it to travel anywhere in an operating zone with Buntingford at its centre and encompassed by Stortford, Stevenage, Hitchin, Letchworth, Baldock and Royston.
There are no fixed routes. Instead, passengers are picked up or dropped off at any one of 93 stops within the zone, including designated locations in the seven hub towns. In Stortford, there are two designated stops: the Station Road bus interchange and Herts and Essex Hospital.
It is hoped the service will mean shorter waiting times, shorter walking distances to pick-up locations and shorter average journey times.
HertsLynx will operate from 7am to 7pm Mondays to Saturdays and 10am to 4pm Sundays and bank holidays. Journeys can be booked in real-time – up to three minutes before you wish to travel – and up to 30 days in advance. It will also be possible to book for one-off trips or recurring journeys.
Fares are based on mileage: 0-2 miles – £1; 2-5 miles – £2; 5-10 miles – £3; 10+ miles – £4. It is free to concessionary pass holders.
The number of passengers depends on demand from others travelling in a similar direction. The vehicle seating capacity is 16.
Cllr Graham McAndrew, Herts county councillor for the Bishop’s Stortford Rural division and the authority’s deputy executive member for highways and transport, said: “I welcome the launch of this new scheme that will enable local residents to enjoy an improved and more convenient bus service which will expand access to employment, education, healthcare and shopping."
Cllr Alastair Ward-Booth, the member for Stortford West, said: “The new DRT (demand-responsive transport) service is aimed at improving connectivity between our rural areas and town centres, and I'm glad that this service will be available to local residents in Bishop’s Stortford thanks to the investment from the Department for Transport and Herts County Council.”
Herts County Council is one of just 17 local authorities to be awarded a grant from the Rural Mobility Fund to trial on-demand bus services.
Bishop’s Stortford’s Liberal Democrats have also welcomed the pilot scheme.
For more details see www.intalink.org.uk/hertslynx.