BUS and rail passengers can give Centro bosses a piece of their mind at an event in Halesowen this week.

With rising bus and rail fares and potential cuts to services including Ring and Ride passengers have the chance to quiz Centro decision makers at The Cornbow Centre on Thursday.

The ‘Your Public Transport Matters’ event will enable the travelling public to talk directly with representatives from Network West Midlands – the region’s integrated bus, rail and tram system.

Cllr John McNicholas, the chairman of Centro, said: “This event is the ideal opportunity to really understand the needs of passengers.

“By holding these events more regularly and in locations like The Cornbow we hope to hear from as many people as possible.

“We are particularly interested in hearing how we can improve connections between different forms of public transport making those connections easier, quicker and more convenient."

He added: “We want public transport to be a real choice for people and we will feedback passengers’ views to bus and rail operators to help make sure the network reflects their needs.”

The event, between 10am and 12pm on Thursday, January 16 at The Cornbow Centre in Halesowen town centre has been organised by Centro, the region’s transport authority.

It will feature local councillors who represent Halesowen on the authority and staff from bus and rail operators will be invited.

Feedback from members of the public will be looked at closely by transport bosses and used to make improvements to the local bus and rail network.