Village calls public meeting over plans to change bus route in Northamptonshire

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Campaigners in a Northamptonshire village are holding a public meeting against plans to drop a bus service.

The number 12 bus between Rugby and Daventry is changing its route from June 6...leaving people living in Onley and Barby without any service.

A public meeting has been called at Onley Village Hall on Wednesday May 11 from 7.30pm.

The number 12 will now run via Kilsby and DIRFT, not via the A45 and Onley.

A spokeswoman for Onley Park Residents Association said: “Children cannot attend school, Elderly cannot go shopping or doctor/hospital appointments for those residents who do not have any other means of transport other than taxis.

“Residents will have to quit their jobs as those who do not drive are unable to go to work. This loss would in fact make Onley Park become the fourth prison for both young and old alike,” she said.

Representatives from Stagecoach, Northamptonshire County Council and the district and parish councils will be attending the meeting. The directors and governors of Rainsbrook secure training centre, HMP Onley and HMP Rye Hill have also been informed.

Posters have been put up along the route by campaigners.

“This is a huge issue for so many people who rely on a bus service,” she said.