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‘Teething’ bus problems are a talking point

PROBLEMS arising from Solihull’s revamped bus network were discussed at a Full Council meeting this week.

PROBLEMS arising from Solihull’s revamped bus network were discussed at a Full Council meeting this week.

The Solihull News has received many letters from passengers who have been upset by the new arrangements - which came into force last month.

On Tuesday evening, a number of councillors highlighted the issues which had been raised by the people in their wards.

Coun Tim Hodgson (Lib Dem, Shirley South) said: “We were promised a fantastic new network, we were promised a modern network, but I have had a long list of complaints about these new services, particularly in Shirley and Cheswick Green.

“It also seems that students in some areas are having trouble getting to Solihull’s Sixth Form College.”

The problems that the changes has presented to youngsters was also raised by Coun Ken Meeson (Con, Dorridge and Hockley Heath). The leader of the council said that there had been “real teething problems” in his ward.

While service are too infrequent in some areas, they appear to be excessive in others. Coun Len Cresswell (Lib Dem, Blythe) said that there were ten buses an hour running in one part of his ward.

“I can’t imagine that Centro thought there was a need for ten buses running through such a small estate like Monkspath,” he said.

In response to the concerns, Coun Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport, highways and infrastructure, said that a review of the network would be taking place in April.

“It’s important that all these concerns are picked up and fed into the review. It’s a question of making your views heard in the appropriate quarters.”

Centro has promised residents that all feedback will be taken on board and said that people should send their opinions to customerrelations@centro.org.uk.

 

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