Crisis meeting planned to avoid further bus chaos at North Gate

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A crisis meeting between police, borough and county council officials will be held tonight to discuss how to avoid a repeat of today’s chaos around Northampton’s £7million North Gate bus station.

Speaking from the new station during rush hour this evening, cabinet member for regeneration, enterprise and planning at Northampton Borough Council, Councillor Tim Hadland, admitted the first Monday had not gone to plan.

The first weekday commuters at North Gate Bus Station. NNL-140303-133734009
The first weekday commuters at North Gate Bus Station. NNL-140303-133734009

He said: “You can’t deny it, there’s no way you can deny a town full of buses.”

Councillor Hadland said he believed “traffic management” had been the cause of the backlog of buses today but said it was a problem that could be fixed.

He said: “You don’t design something to go wrong like this, the design just needs fine tweaking.”

A spokesperson from bus company Stagecoach, which runs a number of the services out of North Gate, said some cancellations had had to be made to services today, but could not confirm how many or whether there would have to be more cancellations tomorrow.

“Some service have been dropped today,” the spokesperson said. “But they have been kept to a minimum.

“We don’t plan to cancel any services tomorrow and we will do our utmost to keep services running as normally as possible.”

 

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