New rural bus service starts in Northamptonshire

People in Northamptonshire can now register to use a new transport system introduced by the county council.

County Connect is designed to allow people living in rural communities the chance to book a seat on a specially designed minibus.

They can arrange to be picked up at a specific time at their nearest village bus stop.

For many areas in the county this will be the first time they have had access to public transport.

Other rural communities will have their infrequent buses replaced by an on demand service.

The service will focus on five separate areas in the county and centres around towns, where passengers can then connect with regular inter-urban buses.

The new service is part of a change to the way the county council provides subsidised public transport as it tries to save £73m from its budget.

Councillor Andre Gonzalez De Savage, county council cabinet member for infrastructure and public protection, said: "This new system offers reliable bus journeys but one of the other advantages is that because it is demand-led costs are kept to a minimum."

People can start to book for the County Connect service from 30 August and buses will start running from 5 September.

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