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Commuters left out in the cold by bus changes

A RADICAL bus network shake-up has left dozens of commuters late for work or out of pocket.

A RADICAL bus network shake-up has left dozens of commuters late for work or out of pocket.

One resident from Shirley even feels her ‘life has been turned upside down’ after the new routes came into effect this week.

The S3 bus which now runs from Acocks Green to Knowle seems to be causing the most problems.

Timetables are different and bus stop points have moved leaving rush-hour passengers confused.

Pensioners living by Light Hall School are also suffering after the change and infuriated Carmelia Stephens from Withybrook Road said the move has left her ‘stranded’.

“My weekly appointment at Baldwins Lane now takes an hour instead of 15 minutes on the old number 4,” she said.

“Shopping also takes longer. We have been cut off. We are stranded. My life has been turned upside down.”

One Sheldon resident, Stephen Turnbull, who now uses the S3 service was late for work on Monday when the new timetable was printed in the old bus shelter.

“Me and about 20 others watched the bus sail past us as we waited for the S3 outside Apres, (the old stop),” he said.

“People had to get taxi’s as a result but I was late getting into Knowle and telling the boss the bus was late just doesn’t wash these days.”

An elderly woman who wished to remain anonymous used the same service on Wednesday morning.

She said: “The inspector told me the timetables were ‘ball park figures,”

“How are you supposed to know when to get a bus if this is the case?

Stephen Rhodes, Centro’s director of bus and highways said: “We understand that this is a big change for many people but we believe the borough should benefit significantly from the modern and easy-to-use bus system that this review aims to provide.”



Cathrina Hulse
Multimedia Journalist
Annette Belcher
Multimedia Journalist
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