A CAMPAIGN has been launched by Labour councillors either side of the Bromsgrove-Birmingham border to bring back the number 45 bus route.
Birmingham City Councillor Andy Cartwright and Worcestershire County Councillor Peter McDonald have joined forces to have the number 45 bus service between Birmingham and Cofton Hackett reinstated.
The bus service was changed in response to a letter to National Express by Bromsgrove local MP and Business Secretary, Sajid Javid.
Coun McDonald said: “The reasons for the removal of the number 45 bus service are scurrilous and have put a number of people’s jobs at risk.
“Many people moved into the new housing development at Cofton Fields because of the transport links that ensured they would be able to get to work.
“This has also affected many pensioners who are unable take the bus to go about their daily shopping.”
Councillor Cartwright, said: “Numerous local residents have contacted me on this issue as this bus is vital for them to get to work and into the new town centre in Longbridge.
“I’ve also had the local youth club contact me with serious concerns as young people used this bus to get to the youth centre and college.”
Coun Cartwright said the winter nights do not make it ideal for young people who have two wait at least 40 minutes for the last bus to take them home.
Mr Javid said: “Residents contacted me about a small section of Groveley Lane, and I naturally passed on their concerns to National Express.
“If any of my constituents have any other concerns about the National Express bus service in Rubery, I encourage them to contact me too. I’m always ready to help in any way I can.”