THERE must surely be something wrong with a bus passenger system in Solihull town centre that gets seriously out of control.
The unseemly rush for seats as passengers tried to board a bus at a peak afternoon time outside the NatWest bank in Solihull made for a very unpleasant experience. Elderly people had to compete, yes I mean compete, with large numbers of schoolchildren. At least five No 37 buses came and went, none of them anywhere near full, before a single-decker bus No 6 arrived.
This was far too inadequate for the number of people who had already waited a long time. Bigger buses were clearly needed to cope with such a situation. The result on this and, no doubt on other midweek days, is chaos. The driver of the No 6 didn’t seem to mind how many people he allowed on board. It was overcrowded to the point of making it difficult to leave the bus at designated stops.
The bus shelter itself gives much cause for concern. Because it is only framed on one side, queues do not form in an orderly manner. They spread across the pavement and it becomes a free-for-all when buses do arrive.
These are my proposed solutions: Make the shelter a double framed unit so that it may only be entered through one funnel; a bus transport steward should be on duty at such times to see that the queuing system is properly controlled; make separate buses available for children at school-leaving times.
J Seager, Solihull
I’M sorry that ‘annoyed Silhillian shopper’ (Letters) is fed up with charity collections. Giving to charity is personal, I agree – the trouble is that most money goes to the big charities with big marketing budgets, for many smaller charities, getting out on the streets is their only option.
Over the Christmas period, Shirley Round Table and our sister organisation, Ladies Circle, will be pounding the streets helping Father Christmas meet as many children as possible – if you want to see where we’ll be, just go to http://www.shirley.roundtable.co.uk.
Money collected will be used to buy Christmas hampers for local elderly victims of crime as well as helping Father Christmas afford toys for young people in social care. Helping both young and old see some of the spirit of Christmas. We hope to see as many of the people of Shirley as possible.
Eddie Halliday, chairman
Shirley Round Table