AN ON-DEMAND bus service aimed at getting Hagley residents out in their community was launched on Monday (December 8).
The Hagley Dial-A-Ride community bus is open to everyone, of all ages, living in Hagley – from Kinver Drive to Hall Lane, Long Compton to Western Road and Newfield Road as well as many more.
To use the bus residents just need to register and book in a time and place of when and where they would like to travel – it is £2 each way or £1 for bus pass holders.
So far more than 150 residents have registered showing an interest, with numbers still growing.
Passengers will be picked up from their homes and taken door-to-door at an agreed time and will be taken to their chosen destination.
The service will be determined in the future by the demand of when and where people want to go – currently the bus operates on Wednesdays and Fridays, covering the Halesowen and Kidderminster areas.
During a Worcestershire County Council consultation it became apparent there was a large demand in Hagley for buses as the current service was already considered inadequate.
And that meant any further cuts to buses in the area would leave residents deprived of transport.
Bromsgrove District Councillor Steve Colella started discussions with Worcestershire County Councillor Rachel Jenkins who increased her divisional fund to enable a pilot to run for a year, asking the operator to look at ways to widen the service.
Coun Colella said the benefit of the service was its flexibility and because it helped people with difficulties getting out of the house, although there were no limitations on who can use it.
“It has taken a year to get where we are so I am pleased it is now up and running.” he said.
“I have been stopped many times when I walk down into the village with people saying how pleased they are with the service.
“I am pleased all the months of hard work and the many meetings over the summer have paid off.
“As long as the service is used it will be a big benefit to the people of Hagley getting them out and about, making sure they are a part of society.”
Call 0121 453 9682 to register now.