Second Dash Direct bus launched for Leighton-Linslade commuters

Guests included: Clerk to LLTC Mark Saccoccio,  local Ward and Town Councillor Ray Berry, Ian Foll Operations Director of Arnold White Estates,  MP Andrew Selous, local Ward and Town Councillor Amanda Dodwell, Arriva's Tim O'Sullivan along with the Town Crier, Peter Haines, Leighton Buzzard Mayor Cllr Palmer, Dave Streeton from CBC.
Guests included: Clerk to LLTC Mark Saccoccio, local Ward and Town Councillor Ray Berry, Ian Foll Operations Director of Arnold White Estates, MP Andrew Selous, local Ward and Town Councillor Amanda Dodwell, Arriva's Tim O'Sullivan along with the Town Crier, Peter Haines, Leighton Buzzard Mayor Cllr Palmer, Dave Streeton from CBC.

Busy Leighton-Linslade commuters can now enjoy an increased Dash Direct bus service during peak periods, making it easier to catch fast trains to London Euston and Milton Keynes.

Launched back in April 2010, the D1, Dash Direct, has served residents of the Southern Leighton Buzzard Development and surrounding areas, providing “key connections” to the High Street and railway station.

However, due to an increasing demand at Leighton Buzzard Station for journeys to London and Milton Keynes, Arriva and the rest of the Steering Group have launched a new timetable - which came info force today with a second bus to provide increased frequency during the key commuter periods.

To mark this improved timetable, local councillors, Mayor Clive Palmer, and Town Crier Peter Hailes joined members of the Steering Group at the White House for refreshments this morning, followed by a celebratory photo at the Market Cross.

Ian Foll, Operations Director at Arnold White Estates, said: “This is fabulous news for the town and will help to ensure that all fast trains from the station will be met by a high frequency, reliable bus service.

“Despite our obligation to originally deliver the service for five years, I and the Steering Group members are thrilled to continue promoting sustainable transport for Leighton-Linslade especially at time when services face cuts elsewhere.”

Arriva and the rest of the Steering Group considered how best to serve all fast commuter trains, whilst ensuring “the needs of all other passengers” will be met and that the service remains commercially viable.

The service will continue to operate from 6am until 8.30pm, Monday to Saturday, with further proposals to extend the service into Roman Gate (with extra stops) and along Grovebury Road from January 2019.