A new bus service for Peterborough residents will link Serpentine Green, the Hamptons and the Ortons to the City Hospital.
Launching on March 1 for an initial 12-month trial, the Orbital Bus Service 29 is the latest of Mayor James Palmer’s alternatives to travelling the city by car.
The Stagecoah-operated route will run from Monday to Saturday between Serpentine Green, through the Hamptons and the Ortons then non-stop to Peterborough City Hospital.
Six round trips will be provided each day between 9am and 3pm, with hourly intervals.
Normal Stagecoach fares will apply, including the acceptance of all bus passes.
Buses currently run from the Hamptons and the Ortons to Peterborough City Centre – there is also a frequent bus timetable from the city to the hospital.
But the focus of the trial service is to measure whether there is economic demand for the orbital bus route, designed to help cut unnecessary traffic into and out of the centre.
Mayor James Palmer said: “Whilst the spread of Covid is having a large impact on the number of people using buses and other means of general transport, it is important to have viable and useable alternative, rather than using the car, available for people to use as the current pandemic restrictions are lifted.
“I hope this long-awaited Orbital bus service will not only provide a quicker, more direct route to the city hospital for people living on the periphery of Peterborough, but it will help cut unnecessary traffic into and out of the city centre.”
Councillor John Holdich, Leader of Peterborough City Council said: “As the city continues to grow, we want to make it as easy as possible for people to make their way around whether that’s on foot, bike, by car or public transport and we also want to limit the amount of traffic coming into the city centre.
Darren Roe, Interim Managing Director for Stagecoach East added: “By travelling around the edge of the city, the new route will provide direct access to the City Hospital for those living on the outskirts of Peterborough as well as cutting out commuter traffic that often builds up within the centre to create a more efficient, circular route for hospital staff and visitors.”
Mr Roe also stated that Stagecoach will offer a 15% on-bus discount for NHS staff at the North West Anglia Foundation Trust, including Peterborough City Hospital, on this route.
This discount will be available to those who present valid ID.