Bus changes are an ab­so­lute mess

Solihull News - - LETTERS & EMAILS -

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

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