256 not via Moulton in 1959 - 49 minutes
38 via Mears Ashby in 2014 - 83 minutes
39 via Old in 2014 - 83 minutes
X4 via Wellingborough in 2014 - 60 minutes
After the changes on November 2nd we have on offer
39 via Old REVISED - 78 minutes
X4 via Wellingborough NO CHANGE - 60 minutes
X43 via Moulton NEW - 54 minutes
Not only is the X43 new and (slightly) faster between Northampton and Kettering, but it continues northwards to Market Harborough taking over from the former service 18.
"You recall the splendid Public Transport Information display at Wellingborough Church Street. Well Kettering has two, one in Newland Street and another round the corner in Eskdaill Street. The signs match the generally run down appearance of the bus loading area, no wonder there are people out there who think only the poor and unwashed travel by bus."
Here are Kettering's two.
The Northampton Street Fair advertised was from 25th to 28th October. The blue and pink poster is for the Kettering Dayrider but the glass (plastic) is so dirty you can hardly read them. Eskdaill Street is similar ...
... with the addition of a just visible 7 day ticket poster in purple and grey.
And what about printed timetables? Erm, what? Eh? You want a TIMETABLE? Hey, Bill, we've got a guy here who wants a bus timetable!
In common with the code of secrecy and despite large display frames in the shelters ...
Alan did a tour, mystery shopper style, as follows:-
1045 - X4, Northampton to Wellingborough.
1133 - X1, Wellingborough to Finedon.
1210 - 50, Finedon to Irthlingborough.
1240 - 45, Irtlingborough to Wellingborough.
1442 - 34, Wellingborough to Kettering.
1559 - X43, Kettering to Northampton.
Northampton North Gate. Timetables for Services 39 and X43 on display.
Wellingborough Library seems to be the only source of printed timetables in the town and oh dear! Out of date timetables for W3 and 45 still displayed, nothing for 34, X46 and X47 and no train timetables.
Finedon library does not open on Monday or Tuesday so no chance of finding anything there,
Kettering's council offices have lots of lovely computers but no bus timetables.
They are across the car park at the Manor House Museum. There was a complete set of current Stagecoach timetables but nothing for the 34 or any rail information.
The café in Newland Street used to have them but not any more.