‘GIVE us back our bus’ - that’s the call from a host of angry Solihull residents who have launched a petition to reinstate a popular bus service that had served the locality for 40 years.
Locals in the Lyndon ward which covers Coverdale Road, Lyndon Road, Thurlston Avenue and surrounding streets lost the No 42, which went to Solihull, last year after operator National Express said it was losing money.
It was replaced by the No 99 going to Acocks Green and Lea Village but bypassing Solihull town centre, then reduced to the hourly No 96 last month.
They also have a 58 service but they say this bypasses many roads which were served by the 42.
Coverdale Road resident Tina Weale is coordinating the petition which has more than 600 signatures to date.
The grandmother said: “It used to be a big bus service and now they have taken it off.
There are a lot of elderly people in the area and they can’t get to Solihull hospital for appointments.”
Councillor Ken Rushen (Lib Dem, Lyndon) is backing the residents in their campaign.
“I will not give up until we have a satisfactory solution to this problem,” he said.
“It seems to me that there are two options - one is to reroute the 58 but National Express won’t do that because it will take slightly longer .
“The other option is a completely new route from Solihull to the Swan via Hobs Moat shops and all the missing roads.”
A Centro spokesman said: “Recent changes have seen the 99 service re-routed and the introduction of the new 96 service which has resulted in additional links for many residents who live on the routes of these Centro subsidised services.
“A number of additional improvements have been suggested by councillors and Centro continues to work with operators to seek to deliver these in a cost effective way.”