Anxious wait for service changes

The X88 buses in Silverstone.The Stagecoach X88 and the Walters X88 at their bus stops in Silverstone.'091028M-D109
The X88 buses in Silverstone.The Stagecoach X88 and the Walters X88 at their bus stops in Silverstone.'091028M-D109

THERE is an anxious wait for those who rely on public transport in south Northants as a tendering process for new services unfolds.

Since the end of 2009 passengers of the 88 and x88 services between Northampton and Oxford, which are shared by Stagecoach and Walters Coaches, have had to endure a troublesome village change over. Delays of more than 10 minutes would result in a missed connection at Silverstone, stranding students and the often the elderly in a village with no bus shelter or public toilets.

The X88 buses in Silverstone.The Stagecoach X88 and the Walters X88 at their bus stops in Silverstone.'091028M-D111

The X88 buses in Silverstone.The Stagecoach X88 and the Walters X88 at their bus stops in Silverstone.'091028M-D111

Sue Crouch, Brackley Town Council clerk said: “They are still in the process of awarding tenders and once everything is set out then they have to have a ten day cooling off period before they can make an announcement.

“We’ve got an awful lot of people concerned because they do use it and there is a lot of misinformation going about which is not helping.

“What we do know is the changes will take place on September 4, and that’s the whole of Brackley not just the bus through Silverstone.”

As previously reported in the Advertiser it is expected the 499 Stagecoach service will cover the Pavilions Way area, the 500 will cover the Humphries Drive area and a dial a ride service will be available if any gaps in bus service coverage emerge.

Roadshows are expected to be arranged to inform residents of the changes.

Mrs Crouch said the council had been contacted by a number of elderly people added: “Many are worrying unduly.”