With Stagecoach taking over the Norfolk Green AbsolutELY bus service in Ely from April, the service is to be renamed the number 15.
Last year, the service, which helps residents get to work, shop in the city centre or catch up with friends, had its financial support extended until February 2017.
With passenger numbers rising year on year – in 2012/13, the annual number of journeys was 40,285 and in 2013/14 this rose to 50,807 – East Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council agreed in Autumn 2014 to continue the service.
Cllr James Palmer, Leader of East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “The orbital bus service has proven to be extremely popular in Ely with lots of people using the bus to get to work, do their shopping or simply visiting their friends. This is why we decided to continue the financial support for the service until February 2017. With Stagecoach taking over the service from April, the bus will be renamed the number 15. We hope residents and visitors to Ely will continue to make great use of the bus for wherever in the city they wish to go.”
The service which comprises of two orbital routes links the housing estates on the outskirts of Ely with the City Centre and the Sainsbury store on Lisle Lane.
One loop is via Cam Drive while the other loop is via Beresford Road providing an hourly service to those residents and giving a half hourly service to the City Centre and Lisle Lane.
The new service will begin on Tuesday 7 April with only a slight change to the route with the service stopping at the Tesco bus stop for anyone wishing to go to the Railway Station.