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15 October 2020

Universal bus extended operating hours

The Universal bus service will be extended from next week (October 19 2020).

A new timetable will see the addition of buses during peak times Mondays to Fridays and on weekend services.

The Universal bus service links the community of Eddington with West Cambridge, Cambridge Railway Station and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (including Addenbrooke’s Hospital).

With the new buses, the Universal bus service will run up to every 12 minutes on Mondays to Fridays.

Weekend services now serve the Cambridge Biomedical Campus/Addenbrooke’s with a 20 minute frequency on Saturdays and 30 minute frequency on Sundays, with earlier start times from 6.35am.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing and limited passenger numbers are in operation on all Universal bus services in line with government guidance. All buses are regularly cleaned and sanitised to ensure passenger and staff safety. All passengers (except for those with exemptions) are required to wear face coverings while on Universal bus services.

The new timetable will come into effect from Monday 19 October. The Universal bus is operated by Whippet Coaches on behalf of the University of Cambridge.

The changes come in response to growing patronage and feedback from users and the wider community. Tickets will continue to be only £1 per journey for University card holders with a normal adult single fare of £2.20.

Mike Davies, Transport Manager at the University of Cambridge, said: “We are pleased to be able to secure these improvements to the Universal bus service in response to passenger feedback.  The bus service improvements will benefit Eddington residents and visitors, as well as the wider University and Cambridge community, increasing the sustainable transport options available for people living in, working in and visiting the city.”

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