Changes designed to suit more passengers

A number of Stagecoach routes have been altered, including the X4
A number of Stagecoach routes have been altered, including the X4

Links to shops, industrial estates, leisure facilities and Kettering General Hospital are set to improve after bus operator Stagecoach announced wide-ranging changes to its services.

The operator has announced changes to its services to Corby Business Academy, RS Components and Priors Hall along with new links from Stephenson Way and Occupation Road to Kettering General Hospital.

There will also now be a direct bus to the hospital from Barton Seagrave, Burton Latimer and Rushden, which Stagecoach says it hopes will alleviate parking problems in the area.

But the Exeter estate bus in Corby is being cut to hourly and some evening services in Kettering have been scrapped.

Stagecoach managing director Steve Burd said: “We have looked to improve networks by providing better services to RS Components and Kettering General Hospital.

“It is clear a more direct service to the hospital is a step in the right direction, and will provide people with improved access and the chance to avoid increasing motoring costs and hospital parking charges.”

The changes will see route X1 extended every half hour beyond George Street, Corby, to Stephenson Way, Asda, Steel Road, RS Components and Corby Business Academy, replacing routes 2 and 5.

Buses have also been specifically timed to arrive and depart RS Components and Corby Business Academy to meet work and school start and finishing times.

The daytime route 1 will also be partially replaced with an hourly extension of the X4 route.

The change also provides a direct link from Northampton, Wellingborough and Kettering to Corby railway station, Asda and RS Components.

Win Zaleski, 74, of Patrick Road, Corby, has previously campaigned against cuts to bus services in the town.

She said: “A good bus service can make no end of difference. Stagecoach buses are too big to come up here and too many people have to take taxis to town. If Stagecoach could get a bus up here it would be wonderful. Or they could link the Exeter estate bus to Patrick Road.”