No won­der bus ser­vice is a mess

Solihull News - - LETTERS & EMAILS SOCIETY NEWS -

SO Trans­port for the West Mid­lands claims that there are 13 bus stops per kilo­me­tre?

That is 26 stops per 1.24 miles.

This seemed at odds with re­al­ity to me.

So I got into my car and drove to my near­est bus stop on the Coven­try Road and set my GPS. I then started driv­ing to­wards the city cen­tre.

My jour­ney started at the bus stop at the Brays Road junc­tion and one mile of driv­ing along the X1 bus route ter­mi­nated at the stop just be­yond the Farm­foods store.

I started at a bus stop and fin­ished at a bus stop so, in­clud­ing start and fin­ish stops, there were five bus stops in one mile of road ie a quar­ter- of- a- mile be­tween stops.

In my opin­ion the only pos­si­ble way to get the num­bers any­where near those claimed would be to count the bus stops in both direc­tions per mile which is ob­vi­ously a non­sense.

It is no won­der that our bus ser­vices are in a mess if TWM have put the work ex­pe­ri­ence kids in charge of or­gan­is­ing the op­er­a­tion.

Clearly TWM did not ex­pect any­one to chal­lenge their claim. Lionel Goul­der, Shel­don

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