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‘Failure’ claim over bus links

ATTEMPTS to improve bus links between north and south Solihull have “failed totally”, a long-standing councillor claims.

ATTEMPTS to improve bus links between north and south Solihull have “failed totally”, a long-standing councillor claims.

Coun Ted Richards (Con, Castle Bromwich) said he was sorely disappointed by a recent shake-up of routes.

A review of the bus network, carried out by Centro, was the first since 1985 and follows repeated criticism of journey times.

But Coun Richards said that the alterations to services would be cold comfort to passengers.

“These are micro changes and that’s all, it has not dealt with the issues that the council have raised,” he said.

“If you take the 71 route from my ward to Solihull, it used to take an hour and five minutes - it will now take an hour. That’s no help at all.

“From the point of view of trying to make us one borough, this has completely failed.”

A Solihull Council report said some routes had been simplified, but its main concerns had not been tackled.

Road chiefs were also surprised that a review focused on north Solihull and east Birmingham had seen routes altered as far south as Lyndon.

Coun Ken Rushen (Lib Dem) represents the ward and said he had already received emails from worried residents.

Last week, Coun David Jamieson, cabinet member for transport, said that there had been lots of small improvements.

But he admitted that the review had failed to provide better connections to employment centres.

“My main disappointment is that the network does not improve links for people to get to the airport and NEC,” he said.

 

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