Bus company agrees to talks on expanding X1 bus route to pass through Wisbech St Mary and Guyhirn

Steve Barclay MP. Steve Barclay MP.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
10:27 AM

A bus company has agreed to meet MP Steve Barclay to discuss upgrading a bus route so it passes through two Fenland villages.

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X1 Bus Blogger Gerard Fletcher, left, and fellow bus enthusiast Bruce Billingham with the First Direct X1 bus.X1 Bus Blogger Gerard Fletcher, left, and fellow bus enthusiast Bruce Billingham with the First Direct X1 bus.

First Eastern Counties’ regional commercial director, Steve Wickers, will meet with the North East Cambs MP, who has called for Wisbech St Mary and Guyhirn to be included on the XI bus route.

A petition backed by 344 residents requesting a diversion was delivered to the bus service provider.

The X1 Bus starts at Peterborough, heads down the A47 and diverts through Thorney before rejoining the A47.

A spokesperson for First Eastern Counties said: “We recently received correspondence from the office of Steve Barclay MP requesting a meeting to discuss this proposal.

“Our regional commercial director, Steve Wickers, will liaise with him.”

Campaigners claim stopping at Wisbech St Mary and Guyhirn would enable residents to access the shopping and leisure activities on offer in Peterborough and the surrounding areas and could help people from further afield to cut down on the cost of their daily commute.

Wisbech St Mary resident Brian Sandall, who is leading the campaign, said: “The good thing about this service is that it starts early and finishes late in the evening; meaning not only is it good for commuters but great for evenings out, going to the theatre or cinema.

“A bus service would allow us to cut down on fuel and parking costs.”

Mr Barclay said: “A diversion of the popular X1 service would not only offer the local community an efficient and affordable way of getting in to Peterborough but would also set an important precedent in adapting existing transport services to fit the needs of local residents.

“Having seen the local support for this initiative, it is clear that residents believe the service would have a good uptake.”

8 comments

  • Jamie Cook - that's a bit unfair, I've been using the X1 on a regular basis for many years and I have to say that not all the drivers are rude..... I've come across 1 or 2 that aren't!

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    Norfolk and Good

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • To my mind these roads are totally unsuitable for an express service. The road through Tilney and Terrington is quite bad enough without more uncomfortable travel. As I believe Norfolk Green have been bought out by Stagecoach, it can only be a matter of time before they re-introduce a service to Peterborough via Wisbech St. Mary ? I agree with the comment above that it would be far better to build a new bus stop on Cromwell Road near the large scale development which is taking shape.

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    nene-sidings

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • What a ridiculous idea! This is supposed to be an EXPRESS service, not one going round all the local villages, and it already calls at Guyhirn anyway. The road through Wisbech St Mary is one of the bumpiest in the area - the last time I was on the X1 and it was diverted through here due to the A47 being closed, I thought I was going to be 'seasick'! Wisbech St Mary already has an hourly Norfolk Green bus service, whereas diverting the X1 will mean there will be no bus service calling at Tesco on Cromwell Road, which is a well used bus stop - what about the residents around there?

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    Norfolk and Good

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • What a ridiculous idea! This is supposed to be an EXPRESS service, not one going round all the local villages, and it already calls at Guyhirn anyway. The road through Wisbech St Mary is one of the bumpiest in the area - the last time I was on the X1 and it was diverted through here due to the A47 being closed, I thought I was going to be 'seasick'! Wisbech St Mary already has an hourly Norfolk Green bus service, whereas diverting the X1 will mean there will be no bus service calling at Tesco on Cromwell Road, which is a well used bus stop - what about the residents around there?

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    Norfolk and Good

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • In addition to my previous comments I note the driver for this reroute is that the X! service runs earlier and later than the Norfolk Green service. It would be more beneficial for the 344 petitioners and Mr Barclay to direct their resource into getting Norfolk Green to revise their timetables to include earlier later buses. I also find it strange that Mr Barclay is supporting a motion that takes trade from Wisbech to Peterborough and Kings Lynn. I was under the impression he was our Fenland MP. I trust that you will forward these comments to him

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    John Knight

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Out of 344 how many will even use the service? Besides that once they realise how rude X1'drivers are they will regret asking for the service.

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    Jamie Cook

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • I agree. The road through Wisbech St. Mary to Guyhirn would need rebuilding as it is totally unsuitable for express double deck coaches. WSM already has a regular bus service and the X1 stops at Guyhirn (according to Worst Group at the "Little Chef" which closed about 10 years ago, but never mind!). If First Group wish to divert an "express" service through local villages why not go via Walpole St Peter? There's a far larger population than WSM and a very poor existing bus service.

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    Citizen of EUSSR

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • No need to reroute this service. Wisbech St Mary currently have a Norfolk Green hourly service that links with the X1 service at Wisbech and Guyhirn. The current route is more beneficial to the economy of Wisbech as it passes the New retail parks along the Cromwell Road which will encourage more people to visit our town and also a means of transport for the 100's of workers in that area. In addition the roads around the Old market chaple road and North Brink are not suitable for half hourly movements of X1 service in addition to the hourly Norfolk green service.

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    John Knight

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

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