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Stagecoach scraps Route 66 bus service to Tesco

Stagecoach is scrapping the number 66 bus route that runs from the Horsefair to Cromwell Road in Wisbech because it says too few people have used it.

Route 66 bus

The service was launched in May 2015 using Section 106 money obtained from Tesco as part of the agreement for its new store in Cromwell Road. It travels from the Horsefair along Ramnoth Road, Weasenham Lane and Cromwell Road.

The final day of operation will be Saturday, May 21.

Fenland District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council are now looking into the best options for a replacement service. Its focus will remain access to Tesco and the other businesses along Cromwell Road and Weasenham Lane, including the College of West Anglia and Thomas Clarkson Academy.

Councillor Simon King, the council's Cabinet member responsible for transport, said: "Unfortunately, the number 66 service has not attracted enough customers to be viable. Consequently, re-tendering it as it is would not represent value for money.

"The withdrawal of the service has prompted a rethink about bus access to Tesco and the south of Wisbech. Over the next few months we are going to examine the best options with a view to establishing a new service as a 12-month pilot project."

People will continue to be able to travel direct from the Horsefair down Cromwell Road to Tesco using the X1 service. That runs every day and is half-hourly during the day from Monday to Saturday. There is also an X1 service on Sundays.

The 56 service goes near Weasenham Lane, stopping on Elm High Road by B&Q. It runs hourly Monday-Saturday.

Article added May 13, 2016