A bus route in Northampton, which had to be reduced following council funding cuts, could be reinstated next month.
The numbers 29 and 30 First Bus services, which travelled along Gladstone Road, in Spencer, to St James, stopped on June 8.
The move left some public transport users feeling cut-off.
But Councillor Gareth Eales (Lab, Dallington Spencer), said council bosses were now on the verge of agreeing a resolution which would be in place later this year.
He said: “The existing bus operators seem prepared to make changes to their services to again incorporate Gladstone Road to St James, but this won’t be until after the Black Lion Hill roadworks are completed in October or November.
“This will of course still leave some residents in the Gladstone Road area stuck at home. It’s not ideal, but it’s understandable why they would be reluctant to change at the moment with the traffic uncertainty around the new train station building site.”
The end of the numbers 29 and 30 service caused an outcry and residents claimed many people living in or near Gladstone Road would be unable to get access to the shops and amenities in the St James area.
In order to see the residents through to the reinstatement of the former route, the council said people could use the Northampton Door to Door transport service in the meantime.
The scheme is a council-funded service where users book a bus a day in advance to collect them from their home and drop them at their destination.
The bus will then pick them up again at a designated time and drop them at home.
The Northampton Door to Door service will operate from 8.30am–5.30pm from Monday to Friday and is free for concessionary bus pass holders from 9.30am. For more information, call the organisation on Northampton 583553.
Councillor Eales said: “The removal of this bus route has had a real detrimental effect on some of the elderly and vulnerable constituents of mine, especially as they feel cut off from the shops that they have used for years.
“The long-term solution is of course changes to the bus services, which I am confident will happen.
“Until then, at least the Door to Door service is an option.”