RURAL BUS SERVICE LIKELY TO BE AXED UNDER PROPOSALS
A county council proposal could see a vital bus service end in 2018, potentially leaving people in rural parts of the county with no means of getting into towns and villages.
On demand bus service County Connect collects people from their town or village and taken them to a destination of their choice.
A letter sent to users of the service say: “Northamptonshire County Council is currently consulting on removing all money paid to subsidise public transport.
“If this proposal is confirmed the County Connect bus service would end during 2018 and it is likely many rural parts of the county will have either no or limited public transport.”
In 2006 the chancellor announced that over 60s and disabled people would shortly benefit from free travel on any local bus service. In anticipation of this the council drew up plans for a daily minibus, including putting the vehicle on show in Towcester, but the proposal was later dropped.
Brackley & Towcester Advertiser – 27 October 2018