Redditch bus routes under threat

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TimBrown
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Re: Redditch bus routes under threat

Post by TimBrown » 06:08 Thursday 23rd June 2022

And here is a more general overview of the threatened service withdrawals in Kidderminster and Redditch (30 routes mentioned in Worcestershire) from the BBC as per link below;

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-h ... TEg92M3fmM

ANDREW
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Re: Redditch bus routes under threat

Post by ANDREW » 18:26 Friday 24th June 2022

Did not Yeomans issue a similar press release for Hereford services some time ago ?? ;)

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Re: Redditch bus routes under threat

Post by trainbasher » 17:02 Wednesday 6th July 2022

The following cancellations have been registered with Vehicle Operator Licensing for August

PD0001374/470 (15/16S/X16)
PD0001374/514 (11)
PD0001374/515 (12)
PD0001374/294 (247)
PD0001374/333 (67)
PD0001374/334 (62)

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Re: Redditch bus routes under threat

Post by trainbasher » 13:45 Wednesday 20th July 2022

trainbasher wrote:
17:02 Wednesday 6th July 2022
The following cancellations have been registered with Vehicle Operator Licensing for August

PD0001374/470 (15/16S/X16)
PD0001374/514 (11)
PD0001374/515 (12)
PD0001374/294 (247)
PD0001374/333 (67)
PD0001374/334 (62)
Additionally for that, the following routes had been changed on DVSA for Diamond
PD0001374/153 4 4H
PD0001374/521 76 76A
PD0001374/520 94

The following have been cancelled on DVSA
PD0001374/513 52 52A

TimBrown
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Re: Redditch bus routes under threat

Post by TimBrown » 12:40 Saturday 23rd July 2022

I find it almost inconceivable that the 52 and 52A are to be withdrawn on 28 August 2022.
Where have all the passengers disappeared to? I remember when it was the X33 and loaded well from Kidderminster to Bromsgrove and really filled up in Bromsgrove for Redditch. All the return journeys seemed to carry well back to Bromsgrove too. Sad when you realise that the population of Redditch is close to 90,000, Bromsgrove nearly 37,000 and Bromsgrove District 94,000. Just the Redditch and Bromsgrove totals are about equal to Worcester and Malvern combined!

Hope Worcestershire County Council can step in and save the ailing routes in the short-term and passenger numbers pick up during the school holidays. Public transport is crying out for a Government sponsored national campaign spread over all forms of media, reversing Boris's Covid advice of 'don't use the bus and train use the car' by letting people know bus and train travel is safe and a much more environmentally way to travel than by using a car.

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Re: Redditch bus routes under threat

Post by ANDREW » 22:39 Saturday 23rd July 2022

Its coming down to the wire now, operators can not make any more "savings" and the powers that be don't seem to want to put any more money forward . So no more 52/a and more cars on the road . . . .

ANDREW
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Re: Redditch bus routes under threat

Post by ANDREW » 22:42 Saturday 23rd July 2022

TimBrown wrote:
12:40 Saturday 23rd July 2022
. . . . . . and a much more environmentally way to travel than by using a car.[/b]
A lot of operators have buses blasting out black smoke . . . . . LOL . :lol:

Adam V
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Re: Redditch bus routes under threat

Post by Adam V » 09:57 Sunday 24th July 2022

I'm absolutely flabbergasted at the impending withdrawal of the 52 / 52A. I use these routes a lot between Bromsgrove and Redditch and also between Bromsgrove and Kidderminster. I've never been on one that isn't at least half full. It's a core trunk route connecting Kidderminster - Bromsgrove - Redditch. I'm absolutely disgusted that it's earmarked for withdrawal. I've just about given up with the sorry pathetic show that public transport in Worcestershire has become.

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Re: Redditch bus routes under threat

Post by Ridercross » 11:12 Sunday 24th July 2022

Another baffled customer here. I live on the 52 route at the Kidderminster end and agree that the loadings seem pretty good, the trips around college times in particular can be full. There are some late trips which seem empty however, so I can see those going. I travel often on a Saturday out along the A448 for a walk or pint somewhere along the route and often they use a 28 seater which is too small capacity!

And when I took a trip a couple of weeks ago to Bromsgrove and Redditch the 52 seemed busy between the two towns, but the 52A did seem quiet so I can understand that being at risk.

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