AFTER several months of debate, changes to the Solihull bus network finally came into force last weekend.
The new routes and timetables were introduced last Sunday - after being finalised following a lengthy consultation process. According to Centro and National Express West Midlands, the new set-up will be a lot more effective than the one it replaces.
Stephen Rhodes, Centro’s director of bus and highways, said: “This weekend sees the start of a new era for bus travel in Solihull, with a new network designed to meet the needs of today’s passengers and businesses.
“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.”
The process wasn’t without its problems and some routes which were due to be continued were given replacements - residents were particularly worried that the No 4 might be scrapped.
In recent weeks, Centro has embarked on a massive campaign to make people aware of the changes. Posters have been put up at bus stops and leaflets have been delivered.
People can find out more about the changes by visiting www.networkwestmidlands.com/solihull or by popping into the National Express travel information centre in Solihull town centre.