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Welcome to our Network



Grant Palmer Limited is an ambitious, family owned business established in 1999. From small beginnnings, the business has grown to run a fleet of 30 buses on a network of local bus services and bespoke contracts, serving the needs of the communities of Bedfordshire.


Our team of 45 drivers, 5 engineers and 4 cleaners is hand picked to ensure we can provide a friendly, approachable, but dependable service for all our customers.  Keeping it local, and in the family, is one of the keys to our success.


There are a number of changes to our bus services from 2nd May 2017, followng a countywide review of bus services across Bedfordshire conducted by Central Bedfordshire Council. You can access the new timetables here.


Our website has now been updated with the latest timetables and route maps, so visit the timetables page for full information.


We regret that service 77 and 197 have been withdrawn and are no longer operating.  However, for travel between Ampthill, Flitwick and Milton Keynes, our new service 34 provides six return journeys each day, Monday to Saturday.


If you are adversely affected by any of the changes, please accept our apologies; we have tried very hard to minimise the impact of the reduced funding we are receiving on our customers, and local people around Central Bedfordshire. Please contact Central Beds Council directly if you wish to raise specific concerns.




Our principle bus services are the busy 42 and 44 routes, linking Toddington, Flitwick, Ampthill and Bedford.  We also provide a network of essential rural services connecting the villages of Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough, and the popular route C on the Luton and Dunstable Busway. 


Local authorities and businesses like us too; we provide contract services for both Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Councils, student transport services for University of Bedfordshire, and guest and staff transport services for Centerparcs Woburn Forest.


Our success can be measured in numbers. 


In 2015 we invested over £150,000 in buses, and nearly £100,000 in a CCTV system, followed up last year with a £250,000 investment in routes 42 and 44.  Our local bus fleet is now fully accessible.  For 2017, two further new buses have been received for service improvements. 


Passenger numbers in 2015 across our business were up 5% compared to the year before, and in 2016 we pushed that growth to 18%.  On some routes within Bedford Borough we have seen passenger growth of nearly 30%.  Our Flitwick - Ampthill - Bedford network is carrying 15% more passengers than it did a year ago.


We work closely with all our partners; the local councils, Bus Users UK, Bedford Bus Users and our corporate customers; to deliver on expectations all the time. 


We work with developers to provide the essential transport services for residential and employment areas alike; we are always keen to build new partnerships and services.


And above all, we work with our staff to deliver that dependability that is so essential for a bus service, listening to their views, improving communication and the quality of our service.


If you think Grant Palmer has something to offer you, please do get in touch.  Right away on 01525 719 719


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