Second wave of new buses in Northampton

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A second wave of new single-decker buses will be launched in Northampton.

The batch of 14 new buses will be used on major bus routes including:

-Number 8 between Rectory Farm, Blackthorn, Weston Favell Centre, Northampton College, the town centre, Towcester, Silverstone, Brackley and Bicester

-Number 12 between Camp Hill, Briar Hill, the town centre, rail station, St James and Kings Heath.

The launch comes following Stagecoach Midlands’ announcement that it has invested £5.6 million in 37 new single deck, low emission buses for Northampton.

These join the 14 new buses which were launched at the beginning of January on routes 5, 10 and 15 to Southfileds, Duston, St Giles, West Hunsbury, Kettering Road, Parklands, Harborough Road, Kingsthorpe and Acre Lane.

The remaining nine buses will arrive in the next two weeks and Stagecoach hope to have all 37 buses in service by mid-February.

Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said “The improved accessibility that the new buses will offer will benefit many passengers”

Steve Burd, managing director of Stagecoach Midlands, said “We believe in continually investing in our services to provide an improved quality service to our customers and to encourage more people to leave their cars at home for at least some journeys.”

Meanwhile, Stagecoach has also announced that it is launching a new route 4 service on February 17, between Sunnyside and the town centre.

The route will run every 20 minutes, running via Broughton Green, Eastern Avenue North, Kingsland Avenue, Kingthorpe Road, Kingsthore Grove and into town along Kettering Road.

The route is being introduced following requests from passengers.