�1.7 million boost means Guided Bus could become the Golden Bus for places such as Chatteris

THE Guided Bus could become the Golden Bus for Chatteris after the Government announced tonight it was giving the county council �1.7 million to boost public transport.

An improved bus link to cover the 14 mile journey into St Ives to link with the Guided Bus into Cambridge could be on the cards.

Alternatively the county council might use the money to fund other connections from Fenland into stations along the route from Huntingdon and St Ives into Cambridge.

“A successful bid for a Government grant could help see the already highly successful Busway extend services across the county,” a council spokesman said.

“We have been told by Government that a �1.7 million bid for the Better Bus Area Fund led by the authority has been successful and unlocks further millions of pounds of funding.”

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The spokesman added: “We now plan to look at extending some peak Busway journeys as far as Chatteris, Peterborough and Ramsey to form part of a package of proposals to improve bus services to Cambridge.”

The bid was led by Cambridgeshire County Council in partnership with South Cambridgeshire District Council, Cambridge City Council and bus operators Stagecoach East and Whippet Coaches Ltd.

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The county council will work with Stagecoach to extend services so they link in with the Busway and St Ives.

“This will help provide more services to rural areas and help give the opportunity for further transport links,” said the spokesman.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Steve Criswell, Cabinet Member for Community Infrastructure, said: “The Busway is highly successful and we welcome Stagecoach East’s willingness to experiment with new linking services.

“This has always been one of the added bonuses of the Busway that additional services from rural and remote parts of the county could benefit.”

Andy Campbell, managing director of Stagecoach said: “The Busway is a massive success and Stagecoach East is investing millions of pounds into Cambridgeshire. This new bid means that we can experiment in providing new services that link into the Busway from further afield.”

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