May 10th, 2010
On Saturday and Sunday 15th and 16th May, Tring Road in Dunstable will be closed west of the junction with Whipsnade Road for road resurfacing.
Thus on Saturday 15th May, service 61 will be required to divert.
Buses from Aylesbury on reaching the Travellers Rest roundabout should proceed straight ahead, then turn right at the next roundabout, about a mile further on, into Dagnall Road, The take the next left signposted for Whipsnade, up the steep hill and past the Zoo [look out for the penguins, wallabies and American Bison!]. Carry on through Whipsnade until reaching a roundabout. Turn left at this roundabout and carry on over Dunstable Downs for about two miles. At the next roundabout turn right and back onto the normal route.
Buses from Luton proceed as usual along West Street in Dunstable, turning left at the second mini-roundabout after the Cemetery, into Whipsnade Road. Carry on over Dunstable Downs for about two miles until reaching a roundabout – turn right at the roundabout and through Whipsnade, past the Zoo and down the steep hill. At the bottom turn right and then left at the roundabout. Carry straight on over the next roundabouts at the Travellers Rest and back on normal route. Driver should make sure they wait time at Ivinghoe if required.
Therefore through buses on service 61 will not serve Edlesborough, Eaton Bray or Totternhoe. Bedfordshire Central council have agreed to pay for a special bus to perform a service for these villages through to Dunstable from 0800 until 1800 – on an hourly basis with one two hour gap for a meal break. The timetable is attached. Note it operates in a one-way loop picking up towards Dunstable as normal [except at Totternhoe Church end it will need to pick up in Church Road at the junction with Castle Hill Road] but the dropping off in the order it picks up, i.e. Edlesborough first with Totternhoe last.
Note that from these villages there is no service towards Aylesbury except by changing at Dunstable.