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Centro stepping in to save threatened bus services

CENTRO has stepped in to save the S2 and S3 bus services after the operator said it could no longer run the services.

CENTRO has stepped in to save the S2 and S3 bus services after the operator said it could no longer run the services.

National Express West Midlands said that low passenger numbers were making the routes unprofitable.

But now the transport authority has announced it will subsidise the services, with Central Connect taking over from June onwards.

New state-of-the-art buses will be running through Knowle, Dorridge and Balsall Common, complete with wi-fi access and leather seats.

These new vehicles will be following the same route and timetable as the current S2 and S3, but will terminate in Solihull town centre.

North of the town, National Express will provide a new No 30 – running between Solihull and Acocks Green.

Centro is still speaking to local operators after replacing the S2 between Solihull town centre and Olton.

Chris Perry, head of operational services, said: “I’m delighted that, thanks to Central Connect, we have not only been able to keep these services running for passengers, but are also providing local residents with a much more attractive public transport service which provides a real alternative to the car.”

The S2 and S3 were among the re-branded routes introduced to Solihull in January 2008.

Rumours surrounding their future had been gathering for a while, but transport bosses said this week there would be “no gap” in service – with Central Connect immediately following National Express.

The new operator will be holding a presentation at the Civic Suite on March 30. The meeting is open to the public and starts at 6pm.

The new S2 and S3 will start running from June 7.

 

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