More bus woes for city passengers

By Steve Carpenter 01/03 Updated: 06/03 19:26

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CHANGES to bus routes have angered yet more passengers, this time in Finham - according to a city councillor.

The new route of the number 9 means passengers have only a direct service from Green Lane to St Martins Road.

And from Monday the return bus takes passengers down Leamington Road and into the city centre before returning to Green Lane.

An alternative route is available but means elderly people walking over 250 yards to catch the a second bus.

Ward councillor John Blundell has a meeting with Centro on March 23 to discuss the changes.

"I am concerned because a lot of elderly people live in this area and they regularly use the bus service to visit the shops on Brentwood Avenue," he told the Observer.

"It is easy for them to get from A to B, but in order for them to get back from B to A they would have to travel via C, D and E!

"We have decided to leave the route as it is for three weeks to see how it beds and I will meet with them (Centro) next month to discuss the mater further.

"They have told me they are willing to talk to local residents, passengers and myself and there is a small chance the route could return which would please a lot of locals people."

A spokesman for Centro confirmed they positive and negative feedback had been received about the new number 9 and they would be taken into account as they continue to review services across the city.

PASSENGERS campaigning against changes to a separate bus service - from the west side of Coventry to the east - are celebrating a small victory.

The Observer reported two weeks ago how residents in Tile Hill were angry at changes to the number 34 bus route - previously the only direct service to University Hospital.

A campaign was launched which involved over 1000 local residents signing a petition to vent their fury against the changes.

And Centro have responded this week by confirming it would be introducing a special through fare of £1.70 before 9.30am for concessionary pass holders only on the new 6/6A and the 9/9A service instead of them having to pay to use both buses.

Ward councillor Bally Singh said: "This is a small victory

"It is clear to me people in the west of the city need a direct to hospital bus route. There will be many single fare payers who will also be hit by paying an extra 40p for using two buses instead of one.

"And changing buses for often frail passengers who are going to the hospital will undoubtedly cause extra distress."

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