AN OLTON octogenarian has blasted her local bus operator after TWO of its fleet broke down within a week leaving regular passengers without transport.
Phyllis Langford, who is waiting for a hip replacement, has been forced to walk from her home in Dean Court Road to Olton Station in order to catch the Silverline-run S12 service when the regular bus broke down and its replacement also needed repairs.
The 88-year-old pensioner said: “It’s a proper nightmare. There’s been no bus this week or last week and I am speaking on behalf of other residents in the Castle Lane area and we are all in our eighties.
“Last Friday I did my shopping and had to walk back from Olton station because there was no bus. I was absolutely exhausted. The post office in Olton is closed so we have to go to Acocks Green for our pensions. The bus is a lifeline for us.”
Danny Matthews, Director of Business Development at Silverline, based in Vulcan Road, Solihull said: “The bus was off the road and we are awaiting parts. Regrettably there is an issue with our spare bus and we find ourselves in the embarrassing position of being out of service.
“We did put up notices at the bus stops and we have introduced a smaller coach in the interim until we get the buses back on route.”