Rubbish ‘Bus’ters hit local services

Cleaners are making sure passengers get a rubbish-free ride by blitzing buses as they wait to get back on the road.

As soon as a bus and passengers have disembarked the cleaners sweep into action and the bus heads off again, subject to the service running on time.

Teams are now in action in Birmingham’s Colmore Row and Solihull railway station after proving a success in Wolverhampton, West Bromwich and Coventry.

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

In Birmingham services taking part are the 22, 23, 24, 29 and 29A, while at Solihull it is the 5, 37, 71, 72 and 966.

Cllr Kath Hartley, Centro’s vice chair, said: “When buses arrive and passengers are off, we are taking the opportunity to get on board and clean them out as litter can quickly add up.

“Passengers pointed out that litter on buses was something they disliked and by working closely with the operators we have been able to take this step and help improve their experience.

“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.”

At Wolverhampton, where the scheme was launched, the cleaners are emptying an average of 10 bags of rubbish a day from five services.

Sam Houlders, General Manager National Express West Midlands, said: “This is a great example of our partnership with Centro delivering the improvements customers want. These new cleaning squads will ensure that the buses customers use throughout the day are as clean as when they leave our garages in the morning.”

Published 26th April 2013