New peak-hour bus journeys launched

New peak-hour journeys on the W3 bus service in Wellingborough have been launched following an 18-month campaign by local residents.

The new journeys will see four extra journeys each day in the morning, starting at 6.45am, and four extra afternoon journeys, running until 6.15pm.

The launch of the extended W3 bus route in Wellingborough

The launch of the extended W3 bus route in Wellingborough

The extra journeys will be funded by Wellingborough Council, for a trial period only.

Cllr Paul Bell, leader of the council, said: “The Kingsway residents have fought long and hard to have the peak-time journeys reinstated on the W3 bus route. It has been more than a year since the campaigners first brought their concerns to my door and during that time they have always represented their community and its needs incredibly well.

“We have listened to their views and introduced them to colleagues at Northamptonshire County Council and bus operator Centrebus, and we have all worked together to find a solution. The Borough Council of Wellingborough has now agreed to pay a grant to the county council so that the W3 bus service can run in the early mornings and late afternoons. The arrangement will start on 15 October and will run for a maximum of one year. It will be reviewed after three months and if the service isn’t well used at that time, the funding will be withdrawn.

“This is not the end of the campaign. If residents want these bus journeys to remain on the timetable for this year and in the future, they have to make it a commercially viable service. In short, now is the time to use it or lose it.”