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Bus route axe threatens jobs at National Motorcycle Museum

JOBS at The National Motorcycle Museum have been put in jeopardy by National Express’ plans to cut its only bus route.

JOBS at The National Motorcycle Museum have been put in jeopardy by National Express plans to cut its only bus route.

At least forty of the companys community of 250 employees will be left with no means of getting to work after February 28 when the 900 bus service will no longer stop at the museum on its route from Birmingham Airport to Coventry.

Nick Hartland, Director, said: This will result in a number of long serving, loyal employees having to find alternative employment or join the ever expanding unemployment register, also any potential customers who prefer to use public transport will be unable to attend our facility.

The worst impact will be on the lower paid staff, its going to make life very difficult for them.

This flies in the face of the governments policy on public transport. They are spending billions of pounds on HS2 but we cant get a local bus service? Its ridiculous.

Kitchen staff Jackie Courtney, aged 53 from Chelmsley Wood, has been catching the bus every day to work for almost 19 years.

Its devastating because to actually walk from International Airport to get to museum is quite dangerous, she said.

Theres no footpath. Wed have to cross the busy dual carriageway and all the junctions on foot.

Im not in the flush of spring any more- with the weather weve been having lately- Id have to consider leaving. Its a fabulous place to work, like a community. Weve all been here a long time, some from day one.

We survived the fire. It would be sad if we couldnt survive this.

The move comes as a result of a major review of the bus network around Coventry.

A National Express spokesperson said: We are currently working with Centro to make the bus network around Coventry more efficient, reliable and punctual.

The 900 route is one of the services Centro and ourselves are discussing but no final decision has been made.



Cathrina Hulse
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