Stagecoach's new bus service - set to link Stevenage, Hitchin and Bedford - has officially launched. 

The service, specifically running between areas that are not directly linked by rail, was launched on Monday (February 19) at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The 9A/9B/9C/9D bus runs every half-an-hour, and stops at Shortstown, Cotton End, Haynes, Shefford, Clifton, Henlow, Arlesey, Ickleford and Hitchin. 

The extension of the current service, which runs from Bedford to Hitchin, is a result of Stagecoach East's partnership with Hertfordshire County Council.

It will adhere to the national £2 fare-cap scheme until at least June 2024.

The Comet: Darren Roe, managing director of Stagecoach East.Darren Roe, managing director of Stagecoach East. (Image: STAGECOACH)

Darren Roe, managing director of Stagecoach East, said: “Bedford and Stevenage are two important towns in our region, both of which offer exciting opportunities for business, leisure, commerce and tourism.

"As such, we aim to tie them together, allowing residents and visitors to make the most of both great destinations, as well as the other places along the route.

“This is particularly important in view of the fact that there is no direct railway link between the two towns.

"So, there is a real need for a regular, reliable and affordable alternative.

“At Stagecoach East, we are proud to bring communities together.

"Putting in a new service to a new area involves significant investment in both money terms and also the experience and hard work of everyone involved, but it is important to us that we should continue with our fundamental mission.”

Cllr Phil Bibby, executive member for highways and transport at Hertfordshire County Council, added: “The extension of the service will provide an important route between Bedford and Stevenage, linking towns and villages which have not been connected previously.


"It forms part of our plans to improve transport across the county and is supported in part from the £29.7m Bus Service Improvement Plan funding.

“We are committed to making Hertfordshire a cleaner, greener, healthier county and public transport is at the heart of our plans.”

Further information can be found on the Stagecoach East website: