Recently six members of Towcester Evening WI ventured out together to experience part of the new service as far as Brackley. They saw this as an opportunity to experience 1st hand the interchange between Stagecoach and Walters Coach services at Silverstone.
We alighted at the bus stop in the centre of Silverstone to cross the road to wait 10 minutes (thankfully it was a fine day) for the Walters coach to take us on the remainder of our journey to Brackley.
Any interchange should be at Towcester
where there are suitable shelters and facilities
Consideration should be given to a direct bus service
from Towcester via Brackley to Oxford and return, at least once a day
NCC should investigate the condition of vehicles used by Walters
NCC should ensure access on the buses for people with disabilities
NCC should ensure that there is a through ticket system for the entire journey
We consider ourselves to have been very fortunate in our little venture as we had heard of many tales concerning passengers becoming stranded at Silverstone.
Stagecoach Northampton's use of colour for Monday to Friday and Saturday timetable variations is not good for those with poor vision but all can see that buses now run through at Silverstone every two hours. There is no service now to Oxford, but the link with Bicester could be useful for shoppers.
Or you could take the 500 to Banbury and go by train.
But their happiness, however weakly blissful, is about to be smashed to smithereens. Remember this doom-ridden announcement from Yesterday's pre-Walters pre (non)interchange at Silverstone blog?
"The section from Northampton to Silverstone is commercially viable because we can provide an hourly frequency with two buses. If we go on to Brackley we shall need a third bus and some subsidy."
Can you guess what the proposal on the table is?