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Solution offered for Cheswick Green bus shake-up

A SHAKE-UP of the Solihull bus service has worried some Cheswick Green residents, but now locals think they've come up with a solution.

A SHAKE-UP of the Solihull bus service has worried some Cheswick Green residents, but now locals think they've come up with a solution.

Routes are presently being reviewed by authorities and the Number 4 - which runs from Solihull to Birmingham via the village - is facing the axe.

The plans are due to come into effect in the New Year and have infuriated those who rely on the service.

At last week's cabinet meeting for transport, highways and infrastructure, councillors were addressed by local resident Chris Noble.

He said: "We used to be serviced by the 190 many moons ago. If we can't have the No 4 anymore then perhaps the 190 route, or a version of it, could be restored. It goes through many of the places which people in our community need to get to."

The 190 was scrapped in the 1980s, but following a series of meetings some residents feel that now would be an useful time to bring it back.

Cheswick Green Residents' Association has already warned that doing away with the No 4 will cause a great deal of inconvenience for local people.

With the service gone, passengers would struggle to get to Widney Manor Station, The Sixth Form College, Solihull and Shirley town centre.

Cllr Tim Hodgson (Lib Dem, Shirley South) supported the return of the No 190 and agreed it was imperative that a route into Shirley was maintained.

Plans to change a number of local services are currently being discussed by Solihull Council, Centro and National Express.

Councillor Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport, highways and infrastructure, said: "At the end of the day we're not the only organisation involved in this discussion, but I'm sure we will do our upmost to make it clear what the views of local residents are."

 

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