Bus route cuts in Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Northchurch could lead to longer journeys

Ted Dyer hoping for a bus to stop for him in Woodlands Avenue, Berkhamsted. None came at the appointed time while our photographer was there.
Ted Dyer hoping for a bus to stop for him in Woodlands Avenue, Berkhamsted. None came at the appointed time while our photographer was there.

A PENSIONER has claimed that a plethora of changes to bus routes are making it harder for people to travel without cars.

The changes were introduced by Arriva on Sunday in an attempt to make their timetables more reliable.

But this means that route 62 between High Wycombe and Northchurch will now only go as far as the Pond Park Estate in Chesham - no longer stopping in Berkhamsted and Northchurch.

A new route - the 354 - will go exclusively between Chesham, Northchurch, and Berkhamsted, with buses stopping every 75 minutes or so.

This will allow for extra evening trips and more frequent stops on route 62 between the Pond Park Estate and High Wycombe.

Ted Dyer, 70, of Woodlands Avenue, Berkhamsted, fears the 354 will be much less regular than the old service – something Arriva denies.

Ted said: “That route is used by a lot of bus pass holders and elderly people. They should have done more to let their passengers know about this change.”

Under the changes the 52 route between High Wycombe, Bovingdon, and Hemel Hempstead will now be replaced by services 62 and 353.

The 353, which went between Slough and Amersham, will now also stop in Chesham, Bovingdon and Hemel Hempstead.

The 500 route between Borehamwood and Hemel Hempstead has also been scrapped.

That means no more 8.13am Monday to Friday route to Borehamwood from Hemel Hempstead, and no Borehamwood to Hemel Hempstead services at 3.35pm, 4.05pm and 4.35pm from Monday to Friday.