Re-routed bus service has left pensioners in Northampton with long walk to nearest stop

Ian Denny says he is dissapointed Stagecoach chose to re-route the number 16 and 17 service to miss out a large portion of Harborough Road.
Ian Denny says he is dissapointed Stagecoach chose to re-route the number 16 and 17 service to miss out a large portion of Harborough Road.

A re-routed bus service in Northampton has left several pensioners along a main road with an extra half-a-mile to a walk to their nearest stop.

The Stagecoach number 16 and 17 services used to pick up passengers along the A508 Harborough Road between the Asda store and Chalcombe Avenue, until April 19.

Stagecoach has re-routed the 16 and 17 services.

Stagecoach has re-routed the 16 and 17 services.

The company ‘modified’ the route of both services to pick up passengers on some of the roads once covered by the its number 4 route, which was axed at the start of April.

But Ian Denny, 72, of Chalcombe Road, says several older people living on his road and Wallbeck Court opposite now have to walk to a stop near the Asda store - half-a-mile away to get any bus service at all.

Mr Denny said: “I just can’t believe it.

“Me and my partner are mobile but there is a lot of people round here that are not.

“I don’t see why we should just accept this.”

The move means the bus stop outside of Wallbeck Court, home to about 40 over 60s bungalows, is now effectively redundant.

Stagecoach’s marketing manager, Chris Childs, said: “Route 16/17 was modified to maintain a service along Kingsland Avenue and Eastern Avenue following the withdrawal of route 4.

“Buses continue to serve the stops along the lower and upper section of Harbrough Road as well as Kingsthorpe Road.”

But another nearby resident, Pat Masters, wrote into the Chron to question why both the 16 and 17 need to be re-routed along Kingsland Avenue and Eastern Avenue - when the number 4 service previously serving there was cancelled due to ‘low passenger demand’.

She said: “In their wisdom they insist on two buses doing an identical journey instead of one bus going clockwise and the other anti-clockwise, all the bus stops are in place for this to happen at no extra cost.

“Come on guys lots of people have no cars and have to carry heavy shopping from Asda shops to Homelands.”

Mr Denny said he has considered starting a petition to make Stagecoach rethink the route change.