MP raises concerns over Corby bus changes

Stagecoach bus
Stagecoach bus

Corby MP Andy Sawford says he is concerned about the impact of bus service cuts to people in the town.

Mr Sawford said he has contacted transport firm Stagecoach after rumours circulated in the town this week that services are being cut from April, and has been confirmation of major changes.

He added: “Many routes are being cut in some way, whether that is by a reduction in services or withdrawal of services altogether.

“Stagecoach tell me that they have had a £250,000 cut from the County Council and can no longer subsidise any bus routes.

“This is terrible news for many local people who rely on buses to get to work or to access services.

“Local residents have already been in touch to tell me there is a Facebook Group for those campaigning to stop the cuts and I have offered my support.

“I will be seeking urgent meetings with Stagecoach and with the County Council to ask for an urgent re-think.”

Mr Sawford said he had previously written to the Transport Minister to highlight the importance of local bus services and seek reassurances.

The changes Stagecoach say they are making from March 31 are:

* Stagecoach 1

Welland Vale - Corby Town Centre - Taunton Avenue (Monday to Saturday)

Frequency reduced to every 15 minutes on Monday to Saturday.

The Sunday service is WITHDRAWN.

* Stagecoach 2

Corby Town Centre - Railway Station - Weldon Industry - Priors Hall (Monday to Friday)

Now only operates Monday to Friday and between Corby Town Centre and Priors Hall.

No longer serving Exeter Estate.

Up to four journeys a day (also see additional journeys Monday to Saturday on Stagecoach X4).

* Stagecoach 3

Shire Road - Corby Town Centre - Danesholme (Monday to Sunday)

On Monday to Saturday.

No change on Sunday.

* Stagecoach 19

Kettering - Rothwell - Desborough - Corby (Monday to Sunday)

Extended in Corby to serve Tesco and Asda on Monday to Saturday.

No change on Sunday.

* Stagecoach 45

Wellingborough - Irthlingborough (Monday to Saturday)

The 18:35 journey from Wellingborough to Irthlingborough, Pinetrees is WITHDRAWN on Monday to Friday.

No change to the Saturday timetable.

* Stagecoach 49

Rushden - Irthlingborough - Finedon - Kettering (Monday to Saturday)

On Monday to Friday to start the 07:42 journey from Irthlingborough, Nene Park NHS Clinic to Kettering from Rushden, Boundary Avenue at 07:26.

No change to the Saturday timetable.

* Stagecoach 50

Bedford - Rushden - Kettering (Monday to Sunday)

The 07:25 journey on Monday to Friday from Rushden, Boundary Avenue to Kettering (continuing to Corby when Tresham Institute is open) is WITHDRAWN (see Stagecoach 49 for replacement service between Rushden, Boundary Avenue and Kettering only).

No change to the Saturday and Sunday timetables.

* Stagecoach X1

Stephenson Way - Corby - Kettering - Burton Latimer (Monday to Sunday)

On Monday to Saturday no longer serves Asda or Priors Hall.

No change to Sunday timetable.

* Stagecoach X4

Milton Keynes - Northampton - Wellingborough - Kettering - Corby - Peterborough (Monday to Sunday)

Timetable is being revised.

And from April 14:

* Stagecoach X4

Corby Town Centre - Railway Station - Weldon Industry - Priors Hall (Monday to Saturday)

Timetable revised on termtime afternoons.