New bus service between Hertford and Welwyn Garden City
8 months ago
A new bus service between Hertford and Welwyn Garden City will begin on 30 May. The service has been funded by the 'Better Bus Fund', after Hertfordshire County Council successfully secured £400,000 from government to improve existing bus routes and to put in place more frequent bus services for local people.
The 324, operated by Arriva, will run hourly every day, stopping at Hertford Bus Station (Bircherley Green), Hertford North Rail Station, Sele Farm in Hertford, Black Fan Road and Welwyn Garden City.
The introduction of these improved services aims to encourage people to think about cleaner, greener ways of travelling, as the country transitions from Covid-19 restrictions.
The initiative particularly aims to encourage greater use of the bus network by putting in place more frequent services, especially on evenings and on Sundays.
It also responds to consultation with residents about where improvements were most needed to the bus service, and will:
- Serve the new Blakemore Manor development in Thieves Lane, Hertford
- Create new shopping opportunities at Panshanger Morrisons
- Increase the number of buses for residents adjacent to the B195 coming into Welwyn Garden City
- Increase peak hour extensions to and from Ware.
Mark Kemp, Director of Environment & Infrastructure said:
“I am delighted that we have been successful in our bid for vital funding that will help connect up Hertfordshire better than ever before. Enhancing these bus services will not only support local communities but also help the overall recovery of bus provision, following the challenging times associated with the pandemic and supports our aspiration for a Sustainable Hertfordshire.
“A cleaner, greener and more sustainable county is in everyone’s interests.”
Simon Finnie, Area Managing Director for Arriva said:
“Working in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council and the Intalink Enhanced Partnership is extremely important to us at Arriva and we are thrilled to be able to run a brand-new 324, new 97/98 Sunday and enhanced 500 evening services as a result.
“We are proud to serve our local communities and this partnership is vital to keep people connected to the people, essential retail and the things they love in a sustainably, environmentally friendly way.”
Other enhancements by the Better Bus Fund include a new Sunday service on the 97 and 98 routes between Hitchin, Letchworth and Baldock or Stotfold and more evening journeys on route 500 between Watford, Hemel Hempstead and Aylesbury with departures up to 10pm on Monday to Saturday.