Centro Press Release: Monday, 5th November 2012
Bus network review launched for North Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield
Bus users in north Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield are being urged to make their voices heard in a major review of services.
Centro, the region’s transport authority is working with Birmingham City Council, Sandwell Council, Walsall Council and bus operators to scrutinise the network and see what can be done to improve services for existing and prospective passengers.
The review is being led by Centro, the region’s transport authority and will cover all buses that go to and between Sutton Coldfield, Erdington, Roughley, Mere Green, Castle Vale, Ladywood, Kingstanding, Pheasey, Great Barr, Perry Barr, Handsworth and Aston.
The aim is to build on the already strong transport network to provide routes that better serve modern travel patterns while also bringing improved buses, waiting facilities and information.
Centro chairman Cllr John McNicholas said: “We want to know what people think of their bus service and whether it is providing what they actually want. “By conducting a network review we can ensure buses best serve places such as businesses, health, leisure, education facilities and shops.”
A series of public exhibitions will be held throughout November where people can speak to Centro, bus operators and Birmingham City Council staff to give their views, as follows:
They can be sent by post to Customer Relations, Centro House, 16 Summer Lane, Birmingham, B16 3SD.
Users can also leave their contact details with Centro at this address and updates will be provided.
All comments and views must be received by Centro by November 30.
The review is the latest in a number that have taken place across the West Midlands including Wolverhampton and west Walsall, Coventry, Dudley, south Solihull, south Birmingham, north Walsall and west Birmingham.
They have produced a string of benefits for passengers including:
Cllr McNicholas said: “Key in all this is the contribution of the public. I would urge all bus users in north Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield to take part in the review consultation and tell us what they think.”
Published 5th November 2012