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Fury as bus service axed

NATIONAL Express have scrapped their most complained-about route in the whole West Midlands.

NATIONAL Express have scrapped their most complained-about route in the whole West Midlands.

The No 41 - which ran through Hall Green, Acocks Green, Yardley, Sheldon and Solihull - finished on Saturday. But despite the route’s bad reputation, with many passengers describing it as overly complicated, there are still those who are sad to see it go.

A public meeting was held on Monday and some local councillors had lobbied to save the service. Operator National Express have launched a new No 42 service, to replace the 41. But some have argued that the network now misses streets such as Dolphin Lane and Shirley Road.

And on Wednesday, the issue was even raised in the House of Commons by local MP John Hemming.

Mr Hemming (Lib Dem, Yardley) said that councils should have the power to demand that bus companies provide specific services.

“At the weekend, National Express group cancelled without consultation the number 41 bus in Birmingham, causing major problems for people in Birmingham,” he said.

But his comments drew jeers from some MPs, who seemed upset that he’d raised a local, rather than a national, issue. “I’m sure I should call an emergency cabinet to look at the situation of the 41 bus,” replied the Prime Minister.

After the session, Mr Hemming said he was angry some MPs had not taken the issue seriously.

 

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