Delight at new bus timetable proposal

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PLANS for a proposed new bus timetable in Wellingborough have been unveiled.

More than 70 users of the W3 bus serviced attended a public meeting on Thursday at Kingsway Methodist Church and heard plans for an extended timetable after operator Centrebus cut services to an off-peak only timetable, from 24 buses a day to 11, in September.

The new proposals have been designed by users and council officials to help better meet demand.

Under the plans the first W3 bus, which runs between Berrymoor Road and Wellingborough town centre, would leave at 6.45am and reach the town centre by 7.19am, Monday to Saturday, and the last service would leave the town centre at 6.15pm.

The first bus currently leaves at 9.35am and the final bus from town is at 2.35pm.

Wellingborough Council says it will consider funding the extra journeys once it has been given a quote by Centrebus.

Campaigner Carol Atter, of Windsor Road, Wellingborough, said: “We held the meeting to see what people thought about the plans.

“We were very pleased with how it went and I would like to thank everyone for coming, including all of the councillors who came.”

Cllr Martin Griffiths said: “Money is very tight as everyone knows, but we will do our best to find the funding.

“Now we have a preferred timetable the hard work begins. If we can get a peak-time service reinstated we need to make sure people use these buses.

“We want to keep the wheels rolling in the Croyland ward. It really is a case of use it or lose it.”