Changes in 46 bus timetable leave passengers in uproar - with one fearing it could mean losing his job

Another timetable for the Stagecoach operated 46 bus

Another timetable for the Stagecoach operated 46 bus - Credit: Archant

A man fears he may lose his job due to changes in the timetable of a vital bus service that could be scrapped.

Although the Stagecoach operated 46 bus from Wisbech to March has been temporarily reprieved until the end of August, the timetable has been revised.

It comes as the King’s Lynn depot will close today.

It means that those that would catch the current 5pm or the 6.15pm bus will instead be catching the 5.27pm to Guyhirn where passengers will then have to arrange their own transport back to March.

Disgruntled passengers took to social media to express their concern, with one man saying it could mean that he loses his job if service is unavailable.

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A post stated: “From Monday anyone who usually uses the current 17:00 or the 18:15 will be catching the 17:27 to.......Guyhirn where passengers are to alight and arrange their own transport back to March.

“Students, pensioners who have appointments, workers, everyone. So make sure you don’t get caught out by the change in timetable.

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“From Monday there will be a service from March to Wisbech (on the 46 route) every 90 minutes.

“From a purely personal point of view due to this I’m having to find another job. Many others are taking paycuts. These public transport issues affect lives.”

Others chipped in on the post even suggesting that they set up a mini bus service to transport passengers needing to get back to March.

Mayor of Wisbech Councillor Steve Tierney commented that he knew the new timetable was not as “extensive” as the old one.

He said: “The County Council stepped in and commissioned a temporary service while they try and find a new long term provider. The timetable was published.

“But it’s true that the new timetable is not as extensive as the old one. Unfortunately, bus companies are private companies and they can do what they like.

“County Council don’t get involved very often because they simply don’t have the spare cash to subsidise private company bus services. In this case, unfortunately, the service timetable doesn’t suit everybody. I did ask if anything else could be done. It’s not ideal, but it’s better than losing the bus entirely, which is where we were before.

“I am happy to help you get information about how to set up a mini bus service and encourage County Officers to work with you.”

Stagecoach have been contacted for a comment.

Let us know if the changes in timetable also affect you.

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