Campaign launched to reinstate hospital bus services

Campaigners are demanding the return of the 205 and 297

Campaigners are demanding the return of the 205 and 297

First published in News

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to reinstate two bus services which have been axed leaving Halesowen, Blackheath, Old Hill and Cradley Heath residents without a direct link to Russells Hall Hospital.

Hundreds of people have already signed a petition demanding National Express West Midlands reverse the decision to pull the 297 and 205.

The campaign is being spearheaded by Labour's Halesowen and Rowley Regis parliamentary candidate Stephanie Peacock.

Miss Peacock said: "This is yet another blow to public transport in Halesowen and Rowley Regis.

"After the inflation busting train ticket increases earlier in the year and the debacle over Cradley Heath rail station crossing, our bus service is being downgraded.

"National Express made this decision will little consultation with local residents or councillors. We are being ignored and it is unacceptable.

"None of these changes were made in regard to the bus network review process with Centro and local stakeholders; it was a unilateral commercial decision without any thought to the consequences for hospital users."

Cradley Heath and Old Hill Councillor Ann Shackleton has been collecting names for the petition and slammed National Express.

Cllr Shackleton added: "I have never known a petition to have such a positive response from local residents, young and old.

"People are incensed about these bus services being axed because it really effects their lives."

She added: "National Express are just oblivious to local residents needs, for so many people not to have a direct link to the hospital is totally wrong.

"However, they have increased services to Merry Hill Shopping Centre which is shows they have their priorities wrong."

Hospital visitors or outpatients who relied on the 205 and 297 will now have to get two buses and in some cases three to get to the local hospital taking nearly an hour.

Miss Peacock added: "I will be talking to local residents to see how we can get National Express to think again.

"Local people have been campaigning to get the government to invest in local hospital provision but this will be undermined if our areas many bus users cannot get to Russells Hall."

A National Express West Midlands spokesman said: “Changing local travel patterns have required us to review and alter some routes. While some areas will see increased services, unfortunately these changes will also mean that buses will no longer travel down Lodgefield Road and Station Road.

“Residents will now have an improved 241 service at the end of Station Road and the frequent 4H service at the end of Lodgefield Road. "We apologise for any inconvenience these changes cause.”

To sign the petition visit www.stephaniepeacock.co.uk.

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4:42pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Sam Vimes says...

Hello, Stephanie "rent a protest" Peacock is back, placard in hand.
Hello, Stephanie "rent a protest" Peacock is back, placard in hand. Sam Vimes
  • Score: 0

11:31pm Thu 31 Jul 14

I G Cooper says...

You don't use the bus then Sam? The dozens of people myself and Stephanie spoke to do, you see. That's why we do it, while others snipe from the sidelines, others try and do something about it!
You don't use the bus then Sam? The dozens of people myself and Stephanie spoke to do, you see. That's why we do it, while others snipe from the sidelines, others try and do something about it! I G Cooper
  • Score: 2

11:42am Fri 1 Aug 14

Phil W Cooper says...

Look at the protest Labour councilors and a Labour wannabe, £1000's in public money to pay the wages

Why don't they contact their Labour mates on CENTRO another load of Labour sucking massive public salaries
Look at the protest Labour councilors and a Labour wannabe, £1000's in public money to pay the wages Why don't they contact their Labour mates on CENTRO another load of Labour sucking massive public salaries Phil W Cooper
  • Score: 1

7:32pm Fri 1 Aug 14

GlendaE says...

I don't trust a word these say, that nasty man Watson is behind this .
He promised he would help us when his fiend Cooper closed the public
Arts building, not a sign of him, all of us are still waiting.
I don't trust a word these say, that nasty man Watson is behind this . He promised he would help us when his fiend Cooper closed the public Arts building, not a sign of him, all of us are still waiting. GlendaE
  • Score: 1

8:48pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Sam Vimes says...

I G Cooper wrote:
You don't use the bus then Sam? The dozens of people myself and Stephanie spoke to do, you see. That's why we do it, while others snipe from the sidelines, others try and do something about it!
Well I suppose quizzing me about my travel habits is one way of deflecting from the latest move in the get Stephanie's frowning mug in the paper campaign. Let's hope the bus users aren't disappointed when the next cause of the week offers a photo op and a chance to make a poster.
[quote][p][bold]I G Cooper[/bold] wrote: You don't use the bus then Sam? The dozens of people myself and Stephanie spoke to do, you see. That's why we do it, while others snipe from the sidelines, others try and do something about it![/p][/quote]Well I suppose quizzing me about my travel habits is one way of deflecting from the latest move in the get Stephanie's frowning mug in the paper campaign. Let's hope the bus users aren't disappointed when the next cause of the week offers a photo op and a chance to make a poster. Sam Vimes
  • Score: 2

9:07am Sun 3 Aug 14

BloggerSte says...

Unless readers obtain firm assurances that they will NOT be bombarded with emails from the Labour party I would advise Readers NOT to click on the link, also check for cookies on any site

(its called Political canvassing)

I await next weeks Protest whoops I mean canvas
Unless readers obtain firm assurances that they will NOT be bombarded with emails from the Labour party I would advise Readers NOT to click on the link, also check for cookies on any site (its called Political canvassing) I await next weeks Protest whoops I mean canvas BloggerSte
  • Score: 1

8:25pm Sun 3 Aug 14

I G Cooper says...

Damned if you do, damned if you don't... I'd like to see some of these armchair moaners out and about actually talking to people. Maybe then they would appreciate what matters to real people, rather than indulgent, cynical moaning peppered with predictable personal attacks.
Damned if you do, damned if you don't... I'd like to see some of these armchair moaners out and about actually talking to people. Maybe then they would appreciate what matters to real people, rather than indulgent, cynical moaning peppered with predictable personal attacks. I G Cooper
  • Score: -1

12:31pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Sam Vimes says...

I G Cooper wrote:
Damned if you do, damned if you don't... I'd like to see some of these armchair moaners out and about actually talking to people. Maybe then they would appreciate what matters to real people, rather than indulgent, cynical moaning peppered with predictable personal attacks.
You complain about personal attacks by making your own personal attacks. Priceless.
[quote][p][bold]I G Cooper[/bold] wrote: Damned if you do, damned if you don't... I'd like to see some of these armchair moaners out and about actually talking to people. Maybe then they would appreciate what matters to real people, rather than indulgent, cynical moaning peppered with predictable personal attacks.[/p][/quote]You complain about personal attacks by making your own personal attacks. Priceless. Sam Vimes
  • Score: 2

11:25pm Mon 4 Aug 14

I G Cooper says...

Not personal at all Sam. Experience of actually talking with bus users left high and dry, that's all..
Not personal at all Sam. Experience of actually talking with bus users left high and dry, that's all.. I G Cooper
  • Score: 0

12:19pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Sam Vimes says...

I G Cooper wrote:
Not personal at all Sam. Experience of actually talking with bus users left high and dry, that's all..
Is "armchair moaners" only on my internet then? Comedy.
[quote][p][bold]I G Cooper[/bold] wrote: Not personal at all Sam. Experience of actually talking with bus users left high and dry, that's all..[/p][/quote]Is "armchair moaners" only on my internet then? Comedy. Sam Vimes
  • Score: 0

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