Campaigns win u-turn over scrapped bus service to street in Northampton

Gladstone Road in Northampton
Gladstone Road in Northampton

A bus service has been reinstated to an area on Northampton after a campaign by residents and a local councillor.

Earlier this year, the service linking Gladstone Road with St James was withdrawn by First Bus and a temporary service by Meridian Bus was also withdrawn. Now, Stagecoach has announced that the existing number three service will be re-routed to go down Gladstone Road.

Councillor Gareth Eales (Lab, Dallington Spencer) welcomed the move.

“The removal of the previous bus routes had a real detrimental effect on my constituents, especially the elderly and vulnerable. They told me that they felt cut off from the shops and amenities of St James that they have used for years.

“I am delighted the representations made by myself as the County & Borough Councillor for the Dallington Spencer area have paid off and thank Stagecoach for listening to the needs of local people.

“The re-introduction of this bus route will hopefully also boost local small businesses in the St James area, who have suffered of late”.

Steve Burd, managing director of Stagecoach, said: “Stagecoach is pleased to announce that following many requests to ourselves and local Councillor, Gareth Eales, we have decided to re-instate the link between Gladstone Road and St. James, re-routing the existing number 3 service.

“In keeping with the rest of our fleet, this service will be operated by fully low floor buses, and will operate every hour off peak Monday-Saturday.

“Stagecoach would like to thank Councillor Eales for his representations and his help in making local residents aware of this service. Timetables are now available and we hope residents of Spencer benefit from and make us of this new service.”