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Pensioners left out on a limb by bus changes

ELDERLY residents say they have lost their ‘very own taxi service’ after Centro stopped the S7 bus running along Union Road.

ELDERLY residents say they have lost their ‘very own taxi service’ after Centro stopped the S7 bus running along Union Road.

Earlier this year the S7 returned to the road much to the delight of the locals.

But just a few months on the service has changed its route in order to improve the S3 service according to Centro.

Pensioners in Aynsley Court, Pegasus Court and Elizabeth Grove are set to suffer the most as they struggle to walk and cross the busy Stratford Road.

“This was an absolute lifeline to us all in this area,” said 71-year-old Maureen Clamp who lives in Aynsley Court.

“It’s going to make a big difference to a lot of people’s lives because it was almost like a taxi service for us.”

Aynsley Court House Manger, Sue Studley-Smith is calling for the bus service to be brought back.

“It’s such a shame that it’s gone because so many people used it,” she said.

“The nearest stop now involves crossing the dangerous Stratford Road which many of the residents are not capable of doing.”

The affected residents are determined to get their bus back and have recieved full backing from Maggie Throup, Solihull’s Prospective Conservative MP.

Ms Throup will be sending a petition with over 80 signatures to Centro asking for the service to be restored to it’s original route.

“Buses are vital for these Shirley residents. It is ludicrous that one month the service is introduced, then only a few months later it is withdrawn.”

“I will be asking for the S7 to go along Union Road even if it means adding an extra small loop onto its route or having alternate buses serving this road.”

Babs Coombes, from Centro said: “We do understand that this change of route is disappointing for residents along Union Road but it is vital that, together with bus operators, we look at the network as a whole and make the greatest use of the resources available to provide the best transport network possible for the people of Solihull.”

 

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