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Students take bus protests to the web

HUNDREDS of students from the Sixth Form College, Solihull are signing up to a group on Facebook in protest against changes to the local bus network.

HUNDREDS of students from the Sixth Form College, Solihull are signing up to a group on Facebook in protest against changes to the local bus network.

Since the transport authority overhauled routes last month, many local students have struggled to reach the college on time. The new timetables have caused particular problems for teenagers in the Knowle, Dorridge and Bentley Heath areas.

George Walker, who is studying for his A Levels, set up the group on the social networking website because he was frustrated by the travel problems.

Although he knew that many of his classmates were fed up, he was amazed when he attracted 100 people within the first day.

The 17-year-old said: “Although some people have had problems with other buses, the S2 seems to be the biggest problem.

“Many of the students now have to walk further to get to their bus stop and others are finding that buses are going past full and not stopping.

“The final straw was on Monday when I had to wait an hour and 15 minutes for the bus. I’m in the final year and have only got a few months before my A Levels so I can’t really afford to be late for lessons.”

Problems facing the college students were among the issues raised at a Full Council meeting earlier this month.

A spokeswoman for Centro said: “We do take people’s feedback on board and we rely on passengers to be our eyes and ears.

“Following comments from residents we have already introduced an extra service for the S3 route - the 8.15 from Hockley Heath.

“We are in discussions with local people and changes to improve the other services will be made at the end of April.”

* George’s Facebook group can be found searching for ‘NO2S2’ on Facebook.

 

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