03 May 2011

As part of Northamptonshire County Council’s consultation on the future of public transport in the county, a number of public engagement events are being held to help people have a say on the proposals.

Last week the authority announced measures on how it could provide public transport on greatly reduced budgets by combining traditional bus services, community transport and innovative demand response services.

The venues and dates of the meetings are:

Monday, 9 May 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon The Tithe Barn, Wellingborough NN8 1AH
Thursday, 12 May 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon Corby Cube, George Street, Corby NN17 1QG
Friday, 13 May 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. The Town Hall, Market Place, Brackley NN13 7AB
Monday, 16 May 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon The Council Chamber, Daventry District Council, Lodge Road, Daventry, NN11 4FP
Monday, 16 May 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Cornmarket Hall, London Road, Kettering NN15 7QA
Tuesday, 17 May 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Nene Centre, Cedar Drive, Thrapston NN14 4JY
Wednesday, 18 May 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Town Hall, 86 Watling Street, Towcester NN12 6BS
Monday, 23 May 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. The Court Room, The Guildhall, St Giles Square, Northampton NN1 1DE

The authority has examined every settlement in the county and used a number of criteria to assess what sort of transport would provide the best solution for a particular area.

People have until May 27 to comment on the proposals and it is expected that the new transport systems would be introduced in September.

Cllr Heather Smith, county council cabinet member for highways, minerals and waste, said: “People are understandably concerned about the proposals and we hope that these events will help them to better understand what is planned.

“For many people, their bus service will be unchanged and for some of the rural areas, where we are proposing to introduce demand responsive systems, people may find that they have opportunities to make journeys which they can’t do by public transport at present.”

To have say on the future of public transport in Northamptonshire please go to www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/youchoose

People can also write to the council at: You Choose, Targeted Transport Passenger Measures, Northamptonshire County Council, Riverside House, Riverside Way, Bedford Road, Northampton, NN1 5NX.