Elderly people and those without access to cars are losing out from changes made to bus routes in the county, according to campaigners.
Rural areas are particularly badly affected by the amendments made in the autumn, according to one resident of a village near Kettering.
Paul Gordon, of Broughton, said people had been inconvenienced by the change which means there is no longer a direct connection with Mawsley, where many residents are registered with the doctor and the dentist.
They live too far from Kettering to be registered there.
He said: “The doctors are very good for people over 65 and will deliver their prescriptions and medications.
“But for someone to get to the doctor they have to get the bus from Broughton to Kettering then get the old service back to Mawsley, which doesn’t call at Broughton any more.”
Mr Gordon said a simple journey between the two villages – just a few miles apart by road – can now take up to an hour-and-a-half to complete.
He added: “There are people who really rely on the bus service. Many people in the village take their friends and neighbours but the older people like to be independent.”
Meanwhile, a separate petition has also been launched to protest against changes which have been made in Walgrave.
People there are angry that the amended route of the Stagecoach service has meant some older residents have to walk almost a mile to a new bus stop – which does not even offer protection against the elements.
In a statement, bus operator Stagecoach said the changes made were a result of the route not covering the cost of its operation, as well as Northamptonshire County Council needing to make savings on its tendered services.
It added: “The new 39 route is a combination of the 38 & 39 services and is designed to maintain an hourly service to the villages which generated the most passenger usage.
“This change should hopefully secure a service through these places for the future.”
A number of other changes to bus routes and timetables are being made in the next few months across Northants.
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