Pensioners ditch bus ride for taxi

At the bus stop in Pattishall are,from the left,Sindi Ncube,Jean Pugh,Jeanne Gulliford and Ann Atkin.
At the bus stop in Pattishall are,from the left,Sindi Ncube,Jean Pugh,Jeanne Gulliford and Ann Atkin.
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CONCESSIONARY bus pass holders in Pattishall are so fed you with an inconvenient bus time table they are taking a taxi instead.

Since a temporary bus time table was introduced this year free bus pass holders wanting to travel to Towcester from Pattishall have had to leave at 9.30am and then spend five and half hours in Towcester until the next return service.

Village resident Ann Atkin said there is no shop of post office in Pattishal and the problem mainly affects the elderly who have no other choice.

Mrs Atkin said the current service also takes the back roads to Northampton and can take twice as long as the 88 from Towcester, despite Pattishall being three miles closer to Northampton.

She added: “Once you are in Towcester you can get a bus to Milton Keynes, Northampton and even Brackley and Oxford. The bus to Northampton takes half an hour.

“Our bus goes around the houses and takes an hour and then you have a three or four hour wait in Northampton. If that’s the only way you can get to the shops and it takes you a whole day, it’s ridiculous.”

Mrs Atkin said some people are using taxis to return from Towcester and added: “If people have no other way to get back in a reasonably time the taxi is their only option.

Katie Wells at SMS travel in Towcester confirmed a boost in trade since the introduction of the temporary time table and added: “We are getting a lot of older people from Pattishall getting taxis because there’s no bus or its late.

“We’ve got a few women who’ve been coming in almost twice a week for the last three or four weeks.”

Mrs Atkin is being supported by Pattishal Parish Council which is exploring community mini bus schemes and helping to promote a public meeting for village residents on Friday, May 27. NCC is holding a consultation event at Towcester Town Hall on Wednesday, May 18 between 2pm and 4pm.