A LOCAL bus company hopes a new service will not only offer a lifeline to Earlswood residents but also cater for college students and schoolchildren.
Grosvenor Coaches, which won widespread praise from Solihull News readers for its handling of the S4 route, aims to launch the new service on September 1.
The Hall Green firm was pipped by bus giant Central Connect when the contract for the S4 Cheswick Green route was up for renewal.
This service will now run hourly from Monday to Saturday with new coaches and wi-fi to entice more passengers on to what has been a loss-making route.
However Grosvenor operations manager David Sterland said: “We’d spoken to people in Earlswood who’d asked us for something local and Alderbrook School had been in touch and the result is the S14,” he said.
The new service will be run on a commercial basis without subsidy and David is confident it will suit travellers.
“Residents in Earslwood had told us they have to go to the doctor’s surgery by taxi while the service will also open up the many attractions of Earlswood Lakes.”
The S14 will provide the link from Cheswick Green to Solihull College via Monkspath and Widney Manor rail station and dovetail with the new look S4.