A Conservative councillor in Penn has warned National Express West Midlands that removing a major bus route that serves his local residents will be damaging to residents daily lives and the wider environment.
Councillor Paul Singh is unhappy with proposals that would see the number 15 bus, which currently travels along the Penn Road into and out of Wolverhampton city centre, no longer serve Wolverhampton at all. This has prompted outrage from residents, who fear this will reduce the level of bus services along a major arterial route into the city.
Cllr Singh has held meetings with local residents and with representatives of National Express West Midlands, to discuss his concerns. The consultation on the proposed changes, which also affects residents in Wombourne and Merry Hill, has been extended so that more people have the opportunity to take part.
Cllr Singh said: “At a time when we are all being urged to use public transport and reduce our carbon footprint, it simply makes no sense for National Express to be proposing to take bus routes away from Wolverhampton.
“The Penn Road is a major route into and out of Wolverhampton. Many of my residents use the number 15 bus every day to travel to work in the city centre, this decision would be majorly disruptive. I would like National Express to carefully consider the implications of this and keep the number 15 bus in Wolverhampton.”
Residents can have their say on the proposed changes to bus routes via this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WestDudley