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Centro pledge new bus services for Knowle and Dorridge

CENTRO has reassured residents in Knowle and Dorridge that new bus services will be introduced to replace those that are due to be axed in the New Year.

CENTRO has reassured residents in Knowle and Dorridge that new bus services will be introduced to replace those that are due to be axed in the New Year.

Some people living in the leafy neighbourhoods are worried that the loss of several existing services will leave them isolated.

The Numbers 40a, 40c and 151 are among those due to be scrapped from January 22. According to Brian Jones, a Knowle resident, the changes could cause problems for those locals who rely on public transport.

"The government wants us to get out of the car and use the bus, but changes they this don't make it easy for people.

"I'm alright because I've got a car, but there are alot of elderly people and youngsters who need a bus service."

When the Solihull Times puts these concerns to Centro, the public transport body said that they were working closely with Solihull Council and National Express to make sure that the more rural parts of the borough remain well connected.

A spokesman said: "We're combining alot of the old services and from January Knowle and Dorridge will be served by the two new routes - the S2 and S3.

"There will still be three buses an hour from Monday to Saturday and over in Balsall Common we're introduced a much more regular service."

The shake-up of the local bus network is still being finalised and changes will come into effect in the New Year.

In the run-up to the alterations, Centro will be delivering leaflets to people's homes and holding exhibitions to explain the new services.

 

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