How It Is Today
5 (PURPLE) via Billing Road (local road)
1 (GREEN) via Wellingborough Road (former A45)
16 (BLUE) via Birchfield Road (local road)
2 (ORANGE) via Kettering Road (former A43)
X4/X46/X46 (MUD BROWN) run to Wellingborough etc
53 (GREY) is a works service
Note that X4 and 2 do NOT call at the Weston Favell District Shopping Centre ...
Back To How It Was
Alan's ongoing account of things in Northampton then continues:-
Possibly seeking a short cut to bankruptcy, in November 1994 Brackley based Trinity Bus and Coach ...
The sitting incumbents retaliated by registering -
Round 1 - From Monday 19th December.1994
Northampton Transport 29. Bus Station to Ecton Brook.
United Counties 52 Abington Square – Weston Favell – Standens Barn – Bellinge.
It starts from Abington Square to be a few mins in front of Trinity.
Round 2 - From Friday 3rd February.1995
Trinity T1 and T2 are extended from Ecton Brook to Rectory Farm and Blackthorn.
Round 3 - From Tuesday 28th February
United Counties 52 withdrawn and replaced by 50 Bus Station – Weston Favell - Blackthorn – Goldings.
Round 4 - From Wednesday 17th May
Northampton Transport 72. Weston Favell – Rectory Farm – Ecton Brook – Weston Favell,
United Counties 80 and 81 Weston Favell - Blackthorn – Rectory Farm - Ecton Brook – Bellinge - Weston Favell
In general terms, these services were IN ADDITION to those operating before the arrival of Trinity
Tuesday August 15th.1995 Trinity Bus gives up.
What a surprise.
Other "developments" continued, largely continuing the decline of First Bus,
By the year 2000 Wellingborough Road between Abington Square and Weston Favell Centre has no bus services operated by First Northampton.
York Brother of Cogenhoe had a short-lived attempt at competition, but it soon failed.
The competitive service that has survived longer even than First Bus, is Meridians route 31 ...
Meridian - now calling themselves Britannia Bus - takes just 10 minutes ...... whereas Stagecoach 8 takes a jolly 15 minutes but does run via st James for shops and the railway station.