Corby pensioners furious over bus cut

Eveyln Logan with her fellow residents
Eveyln Logan with her fellow residents

Elderly residents say they have lost a vital lifeline since transport firm Stagecoach axed a bus service which stopped near their homes.

The change to the X1 route, introduced this month, means the bus no longer stops near Ravens Court sheltered housing, off Rockingham Road, Corby.

Its residents, many of whom have mobility problems, now have to walk to Stephenson Way to catch the bus.

Evelyn Logan, 82, who has lived at Ravens Court for 11 years, said: “People here are fuming. We used to catch the bus right outside our homes but now we have to struggle to Stephenson Way. When we come back from town it’s difficult because we have shopping to carry.

“We can’t afford taxis into town. It’s bad enough now but it will be awful in the winter.”

Several residents have complained to Stagecoach.

A spokesman for the company said: “Following the withdrawal of £80,000 of section 106 developer funding for Priors Hall, it has been necessary us to review our services in the Corby area.

“This has meant that the diversion off the main X1 route has needed to be cut in order for us to provide a service wholly on a commercial basis and meet the demands of the majority of our passengers.”