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Bus admission from Solihull's Centro boss

A CENTRO boss has admitted he wouldn’t travel home on the top deck of a bus because he wouldn’t “feel safe”.

A CENTRO boss has admitted he wouldn’t travel home on the top deck of a bus because he wouldn’t “feel safe”.

Steven Hayes, the transport authority’s area manager for Solihull and Coventry, made the admission when asked by councillors about safety on the borough’s bus routes - particularly for young people.

Members voiced concern that many teenagers had suffered bad experiences on routes, prompting Mr Hayes to confess he wouldn’t be comfortable travelling on top himself.

In response, Tim Reynolds, area manager for the bus operator National Express, said: “I am sorry to hear he doesn’t feel safe, it’s going to need to be looked at.”

Borough councillors had grilled the officials for over an hour and a half last Thursday, about how bus routes were going to be improved.

High on the agenda for the neighbourhood scrutiny board was improving links between different parts of the borough.

Councillor Jeff Potts (Con, Knowle) said: “I’ve seen 15 years of failure to properly link north and south, it’s disgraceful that nothing has been done.”

Mr Reynolds said the company would look to improve the reliability of the No 73 and introduce new vehicles for the Nos 71 and 72 in June.

Another concern was the lack of a service connecting a terminus in Coleshill Road with Birmingham Airport - over a mile away.

Councillor Jim Ryan (Con, Bickenhill) said: “It’s totally unacceptable to expect people to traipse a mile through all weather to get to work, we should be extending current services rather than running new services.”

Olton councillor John Windmill (Lib Dem) summed up the meeting and said: “It would be sad if local jobs for local people couldn’t be achieved because of a lack of decent public transport.”

 

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