News was revealed in general on the Northamptonshire bus site back in early October.
So let's see what is happening c/o Stagecoach. We need, of course, to reset our location (to Northampton) to see what changes might be made to the service 41. But, tragically, Stagecoach doesn't operate a service 41 to Northampton ...
From Sunday 27th November 2016 - Bedford services 40, 41 and 42:
Due to the withdrawal of funding by Milton Keynes Council, the 40 service will be withdrawn entirely. Some parts of the route will still be covered by revised service 41. See below for details.
Service 41 will be increased to operate every 30 minutes between Bedford and Bromham via Biddenham. For most of the day, one of those services an hour will extend to Stagsden, and the other to Northampton. Services between Bedford and Northampton will also operate to a revised timetable to improve reliability. You will be able to preview the timetable shortly. Click HERE to view the timetable.
We will also be making minor changes to the 42 service to improve reliability. Click HERE to view the timetable .
Even then, the timetable might nor be there yet.
But, yippee; throw the streamers, pop the poppers, break out the bubbly; we do have a timetable; via yet another click, of course. Stagecoach wouldn't want to make it too easy.
Running time Northampton to Bedford : 1 hour 16 minutes
Excellent news for the locals, but discouraging news for through passengers. Pluto used to take fifty minutes!
"And what about Astwood and Chicheley?", we hear our readers cry. See the old service 40 (timetable above).
Never mind, eh? Folk can always go by car, increase pollution, increase stress and costs to the community at large. But it does save money!
Or the non car owning good folk of Astwood can stroll up the road from their unmarked bus stop ...
Slower buses, less attractive to the passenger?
Buses going where the passenger doesn't want to go?
Slick and profitable express coaches promoted to the detriment of local travel?
More cars on the road?
More social isolation?
Increased Social Care costs which "we can no longer afford"?
There is definitely something wrong, somewhere!
P.S. If you happen to live in Newport Pagnell, you lose service 40 a day early as below.
Newport Pagnell - Christmas Lights
Due to the Christmas Lights Switch-On along the High Street in Newport Pagnell on 26 November 2016 we will be unable to serve ALL stops in Newport Pagnell.
Passengers are advised to make alternative travel arrangements on this data.
Don't forget to make alternative arrangements on this data (sic).
Next information blog : Thursday 24th November