Clean sweep of buses across the region

Cleaners are making sure passengers in the West Midlands get a rubbish-free ride by blitzing buses as they wait to do the return legs of their routes.

As soon as customers have disembarked at bus station in Wolverhampton, Coventry, Birmingham and Solihull the cleaners sweep into action, subject to the service running on time.

They have been introduced as part of the Transforming Bus Travel partnership agreement between Centro, the region’s transport authority, and region’s biggest bus operator National Express West Midlands.

James Webster, transport partnerships co-ordinator for Centro, said: “As soon as the bus comes into the station and the passengers are off we are jumping on and giving it a clean out as litter can quickly accumulate.

“We introduced this service because passenger feedback told us litter was something they disliked and working in partnership with the operators we are able to do something about it.

“For operational reasons we can’t send the cleaners on to every bus and passengers can be assured that those vehicles will be cleaned in the usual way at the end of service, but people can also play their part by taking their rubbish away with them.”

Peter Coates, managing director for National Express West Midlands, said: "We know that the cleanliness of our services is important to our customers and that is why we have invested in all-day cleaning squads.

“The new cleaners will ensure people making a journey in the middle of the day, experience the same level of cleanliness, as those on the buses that leave our garages spotless every morning."

Cllr John McNicholas, the chairman of Centro said: “Nobody likes to see litter and this super scheme will tackle it and do much to encourage people to use the buses.

“I look forward to seeing the scheme rolled out across the Centro region over the coming months.”

Published 29th January 2013