19 October 2020 – Universal timetable change
As passenger numbers continue to grow on Universal, we have worked in partnership with University of Cambridge to deliver an increase in frequency at busy times on the route. There are some minor timetable changes at other times so please check the new timetable which is available to download here
31 August 2020 – Whippet Express X2, X3 and route 478
As our buses continue their journey back to normality, we have been working in
partnership with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, Cambridgeshire County Council and Northamptonshire County Council to bring some improvements to routes X3, 18 and 478. There will also be a new route X2!
These changes will commence on Monday 31 August with a Sunday service on the Bank Holiday enabling people to travel across the X3 and 478 routes.
Route X2: Papworth – Cambourne – Addenbrooke’s – Cambridge rail station
This service replaces Stagecoach’s route H providing links between Papworth, Cambourne, Trumpington, Addenbrooke’s and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Journeys will extend to Cambridge rail station before continuing as route X3 serving the rest of the City Centre.
Route X3: Corby – Huntingdon – Papworth – Cambourne – Cambridge – Addenbrooke’s
This service will run hourly between Huntingdon and Addenbrooke’s seven days a week, providing new earlier and later journeys than the current X3. Some buses will extend to/from Corby replacing the current route 18 following the same route but with more journeys.
Some buses will serve Oxmoor or Hinchingbrooke Hospital.
Buses in Godmanchester will follow the same route in both directions, coming from Huntingdon via Post Street then Causeway, London Street, London Road, Tudor Road, Cambridge Road, Romans’ Edge and then to Papworth. Buses will serve the new road through Romans’ Edge when available.
Buses in Cambridge will run towards Addenbrooke’s via Madingley Road, Queen’s Road, Silver Street, Trumpington Street, Pembroke Street, Downing Street, Regent Street, Hills Road, Station Road, Station Place, Brookgate, Hills Road, Long Road, Robinson Way, Rosie Hospital, Robinson Way to Addenbrooke’s bus station. Buses will then return via Hills Road, Brookgate, Station Place and then the current X3 route back towards Cambourne.
Route 8: Corby – Geddington – Kettering
Following the changes to route 18, route 8 will have a revised timetable with changes to journeys throughout the day. A later journey from Corby will be introduced at 17:10 on weekdays.
Route 478: Fenstanton – Godmanchester – Huntingdon – Hinchingbrooke Hospital
Some journeys on service 478 will start or finish at Fenstanton routing via the A1307 between there and Godmanchester. Buses will follow the new X3 route in Godmanchester before continuing to Huntingdon and Hinchingbrooke hospital. Buses will generally run every hour Monday to Saturday as the half hourly frequency between Godmanchester and Huntingdon will be maintained with service X3.
August 2020 – Introduction of flexible season ticket
Owing to our passengers not always needing a 1 or 4 week ticket, you can now buy a pack of 5 day tickets valid on any of our buses on our app for the same price as a 1 week ticket bought on bus. Just download our app from your app store of choice and buy a pack of 5 tickets for £26. That works out at just £5.20 per day and you can use them sometime during the 90 days from date of purchase.
1 June 2020 – Restoration of full service on routes 61, 63, 478 and X3
Following the request from the Department for Transport and working in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, we are delighted to announce the restoration of full services on the above routes. This means we will be running our full service across the network with only minor changes on Universal.
We have also introduced an additional journey at 0810 from Cambridge to Papworth to help with key workers making essential journeys. We have been able to resource this owing to traffic congestion remaining low.
Universal continues to operate a full service with reduced running times again reflecting the low levels of traffic congestion we are operating in. Also, weekend buses start earlier and extend to and from the Biomedical Campus and Addenbrooke’s Hospital. This is the same service that has been operating since the last change at the end of March.
We were one of the first companies in the country to introduce social distancing on board our buses and continue to do so. As it gets busier, we will be monitoring our services and introducing additional buses where and when we can. If you have any suggestions, or find yourself in a position where the bus is too busy for you to board, please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will see what we can do.
We thank you for your understanding.
2 April 2020 – Free Travel for NHS staff and University of Cambridge key workers
1 June – we continue to provide both the NHS and University of Cambridge key workers concession in recognition of the continued work being done by both.
In recognition of the outstanding work being carried out by the NHS, all NHS workers upon production of ID can travel FREE on our buses until further notice.
Also until further notice, University of Cambridge key workers can travel FREE on any Universal bus at any time on presentation of a letter issued by the University to attest their key worker status.
1 June 2020 – Possible changes to routes X3 and 478
We are inviting feedback from our passengers regarding the above services while we work with Cambridgeshire County Council and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority to deliver an improvement to bus services on this corridor.
Drop us a line at email@example.com or give us a call on 01954 230011 to pass on your feedback.
30 March 2020 – Changes to Universal and routes X3, 61 and 478
Following the Coronavirus pandemic so far, we have had to change some of our buses to reflect the passenger demand while people STAY AT HOME.
From Monday 30 March 2020, Universal buses will run at slightly different times on weekdays to take account of revised running time during this time. On weekdays, the first bus and last bus will be unchanged. For the duration of the pandemic, we will extend our buses on Saturdays and Sundays to Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, and run earlier and later buses to support our essential workers getting to where they need to be. Click here for details.
Unfortunately due to the collapse in passenger numbers, we will have to revise our services on routes X3, 61 and 478.
Route X3 will run a Saturday service Monday to Saturday with some additional trips on weekdays. Click here for details.
Route 61 will run a Saturday service Monday to Saturday starting from Market Square at 08:50 and finishing at 17:47. Route 63 will continue to run normally for the time being. Click here for details.
Route 478 will run a Special service Monday to Saturday starting and finishing at similar times but to a roughly hourly frequency. Click here for details.
Our other services will continue to run normally in partnership with Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire County Councils for the time being. Note that service 400 will run on a school holiday timetable.
We will do our best to maintain this network to allow essential workers to get around and for others to make essential journeys to get food, medicine and to care for vulnerable people. However, as the crisis takes hold, we may need to make further alterations. Please keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook pages, or here for any further news.
Also, should there be a journey that essential workers would find beneficial, please either give us a call on 01954 230011 or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will see what we can do. We are here to get you to where you need to be.
28 October 2019 – New bus service for Thrapston, Islip, Stainton, Corby and Kettering – and new links to and from Huntingdon
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Following the closure of Centrebus’ Corby depot, we have been asked to provide two new bus services on behalf of Northamptonshire County Council linking various towns and villages in east Northamptonshire.
We are delighted to announce the operation of service 8 linking Corby, Geddington and Kettering with some journeys serving Little Stainton, Stainton and Brigstock – and service 18 linking Corby, Little Stainton, Stainton, Brigstock, Islip and Thrapston with new links on service 18 linking east Northamptonshire with Huntingdon and Ellington.
As an introductory offer, you will be able to buy a day ticket for unlimited use on all buses west of Huntingdon for £5 adult or £3 for children and students. A week’s travel will be £20 adult, £14 child. Both tickets are available from the driver or on the m-ticket app. You will also be able to buy a day ticket for use in Stanion, Little Stanion and Corby for £3 adult, £2 child, £11 week.
You can get 4 weeks travel for £65 but this is only available on the m-ticket app – also on the app, you can get 4 weeks travel for people in education for just £55.
As we have had a very short period to introduce these services, we may not have been able to update bus stop information along the line of route. We will endeavour to have this sorted as soon as possible.
16 October 2019 – Huawei phones and our App
Our App supplier has delivered a fix for users of our App on Huawei phones following an Android update. If you update the App, you should now find that it will work. If not, drop us a line at email@example.com.
13 September 2019 – All Routes 4 week tickets now on the App
Following a number of requests, our 4 week All Routes tickets are now available on the App. Adults get £5 off the normal price, £80 on the app, that’s only £20 per week to go anywhere on our buses. Students and children can get their 4 week ticket for only £65! No need to pay for a term to get a discount with us!!
Download the App from your choice of App stores by searching Whippet Bus m-tickets.
2 September 2019 – Minor change to route 400
Following representations from parents in Grafham, the 1530 Schooldays journey from Huntingdon will extend to Grafham where it will terminate at 1600.
At the same time, the 0745 journey from Spaldwick will commence from Easton at 0740, and the 1040 journey from Huntingdon will serve Ellington at 1052. A new timetable is available here.
23 August 2019 – Pedigree withdrawal
After operating the service for a period of six months, we are disappointed to announce the withdrawal of the Pedigree service after operation on Friday 23 August 2019. We’d like to thank our passengers for supporting us on this service but unfortunately the passenger growth has not continued and we can’t continue to support the losses we are incurring. Stagecoach continue to provide services along the length of the route.
28 April 2019 – No Sunday service on X3
Following retendering of service X3 recently in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council, it has been decided to withdraw the Sunday service. The last day for the Sunday service was Easter Sunday and as such, there will no longer be a Sunday or public holiday service.
18 February 2019 – Changes to some fares
Following feedback from our passengers, we are happy to announce some changes to out tickets and prices.
Universal tickets (with the exception of the £1 University of Cambridge single ticket) are now valid on all of our buses in Cambridge city bounded by Madingley Road Park&Ride on the X3 and 8.
Purple tickets have had their eligibility expanded to cover all students and educational staff showing ID when making each journey. They are also now available to children aged 5-15 inclusive at any time. One way tickets are available in the Cambridge city area for £1.50.
- Cambridge City Day Ticket – £3 adult, £2 Purple
- Cambridge City 7 Day Ticket – £11 or £10 on the app
- Cambridge City 28 Day Ticket – £28 on the app – only £1 a day!
- Cambridge City 10 Journey Ticket – £19.80 adult on bus, £17.60 on the app
- Cambridge City 10 Journey Purple Ticket – £10 on the app
The X3 app only tickets that were introduced in November 2018 have now been improved by increasing their validity to cover all Whippet buses. These are now available in the App under All Routes tickets, or in each of the areas listed.
- All Routes Day Rover – Pack of 10 for £56 (that’s £5.60 for unlimited travel on all Whippet buses for the day)
- All Routes Week Rover – £22
- All Routes single journey – pack of 10 for £40 – you can use these as a single journey on any Whippet bus.
We hope to see you soon on one of our buses and allow us to make a difference serving you!
24 November 2018 – Changes to some fares
The following new ticket prices will apply from the above date:
- All Zones Day Rover – £7 adult, £6 student, £5 child
- All Zones Week Rover – £26 adult, £22 student, £18 child
- All Zones 4-Week Rover – £85
- One + Two Day Rover – £7
- Group Day Rover – £15
In addition to the above, single and return ticket prices on route X3 will increase by an average of 20%. Please click here to download a copy of the new X3 fare chart to see if your normal ticket is affected.
29 October 2018 – Minor change to route 400
The first journey on route 400 will start at Spaldwick on school days instead of Easton. The bus will no longer call at Hinchingbrooke School bus park. The afternoon school-day only journey will terminate at Ellington instead of Easton.
6 October 2018 – Improvements to route U
The Universal service has become very popular since it replaced the Uni4 bus route in July 2016. In September 2017 the service was extended to Eddington, the new North West Cambridge development. This was an important part of the contract we have with the University of Cambridge and they have now asked us to improve the level of service following feedback from residents. These improvements include:
- Earlier and later buses on weekdays
- Later buses on Saturdays
- A new service on Sundays and Public Holidays
A PDF copy of the new timetable can be downloaded by clicking here
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2 December 2017 – Free Parking
On Saturday 2 December we helped the 5th St Ives Scout Group with their latest challenge – a full-size game of Monopoly! The Scouts had to travel between St Ives and Cambridge visiting locations associated with the famous board game. Our Busway C service was ideal as it now operates every 30 minutes on Saturday mornings. Using the bus also means no need to find and pay for parking! Click below for a picture of one group on board our bus driven by Chris Storr.