Bus users in Sandwell are being urged to make their voices heard in a major review of services.
Centro, the region’s transport authority is working with Sandwell Council, Birmingham City Council and bus operators to scrutinise the network and see what can be done to improve services in the borough for existing and prospective passengers.
The aim is to build on the already strong transport network to provide routes that better serve modern travel patterns while also bringing improved buses, waiting facilities and information.
The review is being led by Centro, the region’s transport authority, and covers all of the bus services that come into the Sandwell area.
Centro director of passenger services Stephen Rhodes said: “We want to know what people think of their bus service and whether it is providing what they actually want.
“By conducting a network review we can ensure buses best serve places such as businesses, health, leisure, education facilities and shops.”
A series of public exhibitions will be held in Sandwell and adjoining areas throughout May where people can speak to Centro, bus operators and Sandwell Council staff and give their views.
People can also give their views at the Sandwell Public Transport Conference on Tuesday 29th May, between 10.30am and 4pm.
This is an all day public event at Sandwell Council House in Oldbury to bring together all public transport issues, ranging from rail, Metro, bus and Complementary Travel (Ring & Ride/Community Transport).
They can be sent by post to Customer Relations, Centro House, 16 Summer Lane, Birmingham, B16 3SD. Users can also leave their contact details with Centro at this address and updates will be provided.
All comments and views must be received by Centro by May 30.
Information leaflets about the review are to be distributed to more than 120,000 households across Sandwell.
Other publicity will include notices inside buses, posters at key locations, local newspaper advertising and information online.
A series of information exhibitions will then be held in Autumn 2012 outlining the changes to the network.
The review is the latest in a number that have taken place across the West Midlands including Wolverhampton and west Walsall, Coventry, Dudley, south Solihull, south Birmingham, north Walsall and west Birmingham.
They have produced a string of benefits for passengers including:
Mr Rhodes said: “Key in all this is the contribution of the public. I would urge all bus users in Sandwell to take part in the review consultation and tell us what they think.”