37 Bus Protests Continue


60 people gathered at St Margarets Church in Olton for the third protest meeting about the 37 bus re-routing trial. The meeting came after the Council had arranged for two temporary bus stops to be placed nearer the Olton Interchange, on the Warwick Road.

 3rd Meeting on October 8th 2016 at St Margaret's Church

The meeting heard that some people had been angered by National Express who had told them that the company considered the trial a success.  

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The six month trial, which began at the end of May involves the 37 buses avoiding Olton station, and instead staying on the Warwick Road.

The meeting heard of several cases of the 37 bus sailing past the recently installed temporary stops and failing to pick up waiting customers.

Another protester said that she had seen five buses together on the Warwick Road. Some felt this showed that the time the buses used to take visiting the station stops wasn't even the most serious delay the buses faced. 

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The meeting was attended by four local Councillors, although National Express declined to send a representative.

The Council has revealed that the road layout changes requested by National Express would cost more than £200,000, something the Council could not afford.

Further meetings are planned, although a date and venue has yet to be decided.

 


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