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Posted: Wed, 21 Aug 2019 19:31 by Lisa Ritchie

TTRO(19/20) N126 - High Street, Ringstead

tRIIO are intending to carry out gas service works on a section of High Street in Ringstead. To undertake this work safely will require a short section to be closed from the 30th September until the 4th October 2019.

A plan showing the closure and diversion can be viewed here https://roadworks.org?tm=114586833

Posted: Fri, 16 Aug 2019 11:50 by Lisa Ritchie

Centre Bus Service

Centrebus have informed Northamptonshire County Council that they will cease operating the following services with effect from Monday 28th October:

  • Services 8 and 18 (Corby to Kettering via Geddington and Clover Hill; Corby - Thrapston - Raunds). This operates under contract to NCC.
  • Services 59 and 60 (Welford, Guilsborough, Spratton and neighbouring villages to Northampton and Mkt Harborough). This operates under contract to NCC.
  • Services 16/X16 (Thrapston - Kettering via Woodford and Cranford with some journeys to Raunds). This is currently commercial and is not subsidised by the NCC.
  • Service W8 (Bozeat and Wollaston to Wellingborough). This is currently commercial and is not subsidised by the NCC.

We have already issued services 59 and 60 for retender on the same timetable as now, with the intention of maintaining the service until its current end date of the end of March 2020. More »

We intend to shortly be issuing a tender for the replacement for service 8 and 18. This timetable is being revised again, with the intention of incorporating much of the current service 16/X16 within it. Although it is not likely to be possible to retain the currently-hourly service provided by service 16/X16, we are hopeful of being able to retain a service that covers the key movements without any communities losing their service altogether. NCC will not be in a position to confirm this until a tendering process concludes in early to mid-September.

With regards to the service W8, we are currently examining usage data with a view to investigating the feasibility and potential cost of retaining a service until the end of March 2020.

Centrebus have provided usage information for each of these services. At present our focus is on working quickly to try and secure the replacement services above. The County Council does not have a budget for subsidising local bus services and those which are under contract above are funded in part either by section 106 contributions or by Parish Councils along the route.

In other instances where bus services have been withdrawn by bus companies, NCC has worked with parish, town and district or borough councils to facilitate those bodies providing funding to bus companies in order to retain services. This has been successfully implemented in a number of instances, including for services 59 and 60 listed above. It is likely that in order to maintain services beyond the end of this financial year (i.e. April 2020 and beyond), some degree of funding will be required from the councils along these route. Once we are clearer on the immediate (2019/20) future of the services, and the costs involved, Northamptonshire Highways will be pleased to work with them towards this. » Less

Posted: Fri, 16 Aug 2019 11:47 by Lisa Ritchie