Schoolgirl challenges bus route changes in Coventry

By Steve Carpenter 23/02 Updated: 23/02 10:06

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BLUE Coat Schoopupil Madeleine Harper has started a petition against changes to her bus route to highlight the impact it will have to both young and old people in her area.

The 12-year-old catches the number 1 bus service from Earlsdon which takes her directly to school in good time.

But changes to the city’s bus service would see Madeleine’s journey double in time to school and involve changing in the city centre.

Now she has decided to voice her concerns not just for school children, but all passengers across the route and organised a petition with the support of councillors Alan Andrews and Roger Bailey.

“I’m very angry that my bus to school is being changed,” she told us.

“Hopefully the petition will make a difference and bring the service back.”

Centro said there had been a public consultation has taken place gain passengers’ views with more planned to explain the changes.

But Madeleine’s mother Flo was furious that she or other people in the area were not notified of the changes.

“They should have sent something out. My daughter has only just got settled to life in secondary school and now this change to her route will really have a negative impact.”

MP Bob Ainsworth added: “This whole process has been a complete farce from start to finish. The loss of a bus service can mean the loss of the opportunity to stay on in education or access employment, and can leave the elderly and vulnerable isolated.”

A SERIES of exhibitions to tell customers about the new-look Coventry bus network are taking place.

Exhibitions have already taken place in Bell Green, Tile Hill and Earlsdon with two more to take place this week, starting today (Thursday) at University Hospital between 1pm to 6pm and Saturday in Lower Precinct from 9.30am to 3pm.

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