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SB Network – A new bus is in town

On 27th March, the buses in the Stevenage town network get renumbered and become routes SB1 - SB8.

The service is frequent and all buses are now low floor easy access, making it easy for everyone to get on board. Some services are so frequent you won't even need a timetable, just turn up and jump on board.

For regular travellers, there are great value fares for travelling around the town.  Services in and out of Stevenage are also changing. You will find out all you need to know right here.

To get your up to date timetable, just put the route number or "Stevenage" in the Route Info box.

In 1970, not long after the formation of London Country Bus Services Ltd from the Country Bus & Coach Department of London Transport, the first 'SuperBus' service was introduced between Chells (Mobbsbury Way) and the Town Centre or Gunnels Wood Road 

Industrial area, operating to a high frequency (every 5 minutes) and quickly replacing an earlier experimental 'Blue Arrow' pre-booking works service introduced by London Transport prior to its reorganisation.

Initially the service operated without a route number using brightly painted yellow & blue single deckers on a pay as you board, flat fare, farebox system and quickly became a success providing the people of Chells with a regular service from early morning to late evening 7

days a week, as the vast majority of the new town population were used to before migration out from London to the new towns.

A little while later, around 1972 a second neighbourhood, St Nicholas was given the SuperBus treatment, again using brightly painted single deck buses, the new service was called SB2 and ran to the Town Centre and Industrial Area (peaks) every 7/8 minutes. At the same time, the original Chells service was numbered SB1.