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Pensioner protest after new bus route takes in Monastery Drive

PENSIONER Pat White was looking forward to a peaceful retirement when she left her secretary’s job at a Birmingham law firm.

PENSIONER Pat White was looking forward to a peaceful retirement when she left her secretary’s job at a Birmingham law firm.

That was until she discovered the quiet Solihull road where she has lived for nearly 40 years was suddenly part of a bus route.

Since the new timetable for buses in the Solihull area was introduced on January 25, four buses an hour - two each way - have been roaring past her home in Monastery Drive.

“The whole house shakes when they go by,” said 66-year-old Mrs White. “The road is very narrow, it isn’t suitable for buses. In fact I think it’s dangerous for buses to use this road.

“There’s a hill outside my house and the buses race down it. The local buses used to run along St Bernards Road and Grange Road - never Monastery Drive - but now the bus company seems to want to save time by cutting off the corner.”

Mrs White said she had complained to Centro and National Express West Midlands about the unwanted intrusion by the S2 and S3 buses and added that several of her neighbours were also very upset.

A spokesperson for the bus company said: “The Solihull network review aims to provide a bus service that responds to the changing needs of the community and provides easier access to key destinations in the area.

“Prior to the route changes, we carried out extensive checks to ensure all roads were suitable, and safe, for bus use. The S2 and S3 service runs via Monastery Drive to provide residents with a direct link to Solihull town centre and Dorridge station.

“The network review is an ongoing process and we encourage customers to let us know their comments.”

 

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