Proposals revealed after popular Hatfield bus axed

Proposal revealed for new Hatfield bus route.

Proposal revealed for new Hatfield bus route. - Credit: Archant

New bus routes have been proposed today after a decision was made to axe a popular Hatfield service in March.

The proposals have been made by Hertfordshire County Council after the 607 will no longer exist from March 27 2017.

The 607 currently does a circular route around Hatfield covering areas such as The Hatfield Garden Village, The Business Park, The University, Hatfield Town Centre and Hatfield Train Station.

It was revealed in a notice sent out to county councillors that the funding that supports local bus services 600, 607 and 655 will run out at the end of the current financial year.

The note went on to say that despite marketing campaigns, service 607 had not reached commercial viability and its annual cost of £137,000 was unaffordable to the county council.

The decision was made by the county council to axe the 607 service from March 26.

The county council has proposed that the contract services 341/641 will add into their current routes the same bus stops that the 607 does.

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The notice carried on to say that subject to some operational issues being resolved the aim is to reroute the 341/641 via Salisbury Village and to extend them to Hatfield Garden Village and then on to Hatfield Town Centre.

The letter also stated that buses would run hourly to and from Hatfield Railway Station during the Monday to Friday off-peak period and on Saturdays, but all journeys would run to the station during the Monday to Friday morning peak period and back again in the evening peak.

A spokeswoman for Hertfordshire County Council said: “The proposal does mean that the proposed 341/641 route taking over will include all bus stops that the 607 currently stops at.”