Bus changes are an absolute mess
EVER since bus services on the south side of the city were interfered with, about two months ago, the system has been an absolute mess.
I refer in particular to services 6, 5 and 4 – and also the department that has played Monopoly with changes to bus stops. Carrs Lane is a dirty, narrow overcrowded space.
The stops for the 6 and the 4 ( previously 37) were perfectly placed outside Boots on the High Street. But, oh no, the powers that be had to mess it all up.
We now have five different numbered buses allocated to one stop in Carrs Lane. This makes queuing a free for all!
On Friday night I waited at this atrocious stop at 6.15pm for a number 6. A herd of people surged down the side and those of us who had been in the queue just about managed to squeeze onto the single- decker No 6 when it arrived.
The scene on the bus resembled a cattle truck! I felt so sorry for the lady driver. I eventually arrived at Widney Lane at 7.35pm.
This is no way to manage a bus company.
Buses on this route are lousy in the day too.
Before 9.30am six buses have been witnessed nose to tail going into Solihull ( to avoid picking up pensioners at 9.30am obviously). We can then wait as long as 30 minutes for the next one – in which time appointments have been missed and at least three trains. The solution is simple: 1) Put more buses on at night.
2) Employ inspectors on the route to make sure buses are evenly spaced, cutting down waiting times.
3) Sort out bus stops and bring the empty one in High Street into operation. Carole Howell, Shirley