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People power wins new bus service

BUS passengers have won the day, following the news that a new service will be launched to replace the No.

BUS passengers have won the day, following the news that a new service will be launched to replace the No. 41.

Commuters were left fuming when the route was axed at the end of last month.

But now Centro has announced that it will provide financial backing to lay on a new No. 40 service.

The new bus will cover much of the route used by the No. 41 – but it will also serve the Hall Green Health Centre, on the Stratford Road.

Coun John Hunt, from Centro, said: “There has been a lot of strong feeling about the withdrawal of the 41, and residents and councillors turned to us for help.

“We listened carefully to what they said, and to what they wanted most from a replacement service, and have used this to draw up the route of the No 40.”

But Centro will be keeping a close eye on passengers and, to begin with, will only subsidise the route until October.

“We really do encourage people to use the bus, however, as we will be monitoring passenger figures closely, to make sure it provides value for money for the taxpayer,” added Coun Hunt.

The No. 41 had previously earned the dubious title of “most complained about route” in the whole of the West Midlands. But many residents in Acocks Green, and Hall Green, were frustrated to see it go – claiming that only the middle section would still be covered by public transport.

Locals mounted a petition, and a public meeting had to be re-arranged, when 100 people descended on the venue.

* The No 40 will be launched this Monday (February 22).

 

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