Bus victory for Northampton man concerned pensioners were being left with long walk to nearest stop

Ian Denny was disappointed Stagecoach chose to re-route the number 16 and 17 service to miss out a large portion of Harborough Road.
Ian Denny was disappointed Stagecoach chose to re-route the number 16 and 17 service to miss out a large portion of Harborough Road.

A Northampton pensioner’s bid to make sure buses stop on a stretch of Harborough Road looks to have ended in victory, after Stagecoach agreed to add more stopping points to its X7 service.

Ian Denny, 72, was dismayed after the bus operators changed the route of the number 16 and 17 services at the start of this month, to make sure it picked up passengers on roads once covered by the axed number 4 route.

I’m glad they have seen sense, it isn’t perfect but it’s better than nothing

Ian Denny

He told the Chron on May 1 that the move left several elderly people living along a stretch of the A508 Harborough Road between the Asda store and Chalcombe Avenue, with a half-a-mile walk until the nearest bus stop.

But Stagecoach has now agreed to look into making sure the X7, the hourly bus connecting Northampton and Leicester, stops along that stretch of the Harborough Road.

Marketing manager for the company, Chris Childs, said: “We always need to talk to the Traffic Commissioner whenever we make changes to public services.

“It usually requires eight weeks to make the changes, but we are looking to bring this in sooner - hopefully by mid-June.

“We listened to our customer’s needs and we are happy meet those.”

Chalcombe Road resident Mr Denny, said he was very pleased at the decision.

He said: “I’m glad they have seen sense, it isn’t perfect but it’s better than nothing.

“I’m sure it was down to the article in the Chron & Echo - I think it made them realise that we weren’t going to put up with it.”