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Daventry to Banbury bus service set to continue

Parking, roads and transport

15 March 2022

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A rural bus route linking Daventry with Banbury is set to continue through the summer after West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) reached a deal with its operator.

Stagecoach West announced last month that its 200 bus service would cease on 2 April due to low passenger numbers.

However WNC and Oxfordshire County Council have now jointly made arrangements with Stagecoach West to fund the service on its current timetable until 27 August.

This will give WNC time to carry out a comprehensive review of bus services across West Northamptonshire, in order to determine how best to support public transport across the network in future.

The 200 service runs from about 7am until 6.25pm on weekdays and between 8am and 6:25pm on Saturdays, providing a link between Daventry and Banbury and stopping at a number of villages including Chipping Warden, Byfield, Woodford Halse, Charwelton and Badby.

We understand the financial pressures on bus operators, particularly during the pandemic when passenger numbers were understandably lower.

However bus services such as this offer a lifeline to people in our rural communities, so we are pleased to work alongside Oxfordshire County Council in order to step in and offer this support, allowing this important route to continue running during the summer.

This will give us time to carry out a wide-ranging review of bus services right across West Northamptonshire, in order to find solutions that will offer the best possible outcomes for our communities.
Cllr Phil Larratt, Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport, Highways and Waste
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