Anger over plans to axe Northamptonshire bus route

The W4 service, which takes in much of Wellingborough, is set to be axed on December 5.
The W4 service, which takes in much of Wellingborough, is set to be axed on December 5.

A Wellingborough resident has hit out at plans to axe a bus route which covers a large area of the town.

The W4 bus, run by operator Meridian, has been earmarked for closure on Saturday, December 5.

The service takes in the Redwell housing estate, town centre, train station, Isebrook Hospital and the Tesco superstore off London Road.

It will be discontinued because it is no longer commercially viable – but Redwell resident Fred Harris says that is not the fault of its users.

He said: “In the residents of Redwell’s defence the service times have been changed I think twice in the past six months.

“This causes uncertainty among the users and it no longer runs after during what’s called the “lunch time” period.

“The service has also had bouts of being unreliable, further reducing residents’ reliance on the service.

“What about asking the residents of Redwell what they want?

“There must be a way around resolving this problem for the dozens who are elderly or do not have the use of a car.

“We need some publicity when a decision is made, particularly if it means a change of times and stops – it is almost impossible to communicate with the bus company.”

Northamptonshire County Council confirmed it is looking at whether there are any options over the future of the service.

A council spokesman said: “We have been notified that the W4 service in Wellingborough is due to be discontinued by the operator Meridian Bus on Saturday, December 5, as the route is no longer commercially viable.

“We are currently looking at passenger numbers and speaking with other private operators to see what options there are for the future of the service.”