Hatfield bus route axed as part of reshuffle
PUBLISHED: 09:56 17 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:09 17 February 2017
A Hatfield bus route is being axed next month as part of a services reshuffle.
Hertfordshire County Council said the 607 service, which would cost taxpayers £137,000 annually to operate, is not commercially viable despite efforts to increase passenger numbers, and will end after March 26.
It currently operates between Hatfield station, the town centre, Hatfield Garden Village, Salisbury Village and the de Havilland Campus.
Stops at the Fielder Centre and Yodel Depot on the current 600 route, and Farriers Way, Borehamwood and Colney Heath Lane on the 655 will also no longer be served.
However, several buses to Hatfield Business Park have been secured after Hertfordshire County Council and operator Uno agreed new routes and timetables.
Routes covered by the 600, 655 and 607 have been reviewed because subsidies, which have recently funded Hatfield Business Park bus services, are set to run out at the end of March.
Uno has been able to take on the 600 and much of the 655 as commercial services by incorporating them into the existing 614/644 and 601 routes.
Although the 607 service will end, the 341/641 services will be extended to maintain the 607 Hatfield town service links into their routes.
The non-commercial parts of the 655 between Hatfield and St Albans will be incorporated into the 305 service.
Hertfordshire County Council will fund the Saturday service on the 601 Borehamwood to St Albans, which stops at the Computacenter.
Derrick Ashley, the county council’s cabinet member for transport, said: “We have worked with Uno to secure the future of these Hatfield services and ensure a comparable level of bus service for Hatfield Business Park continues once the developer’s subsidies end.
“While there may be adjustments to some journey timings, there will be no change to most service levels.
“The council continues to support bus services that offer reasonable value, but in the case of the 607 we could not justify this use of taxpayers’ money.
“We hope that more and more people will use these local bus services, which continue to offer a highly attractive option and rely on passenger numbers to continue these levels of service.”
There will also be a new all-day route providing a direct link between Hatfield station and the business park from Monday to Saturday as part of the changes to the 614/644.
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