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New bus service for Oakhalls

Residents from an estate in Bromsgrove who have called for public transport provision in the area have had their wish granted by Worcestershire County Council and bus operator Midland Rider.

From January 11, the Oakhalls Estate in the town will be provided with a new service which will connect residents with Bromsgrove town centre. It will run five journeys a day between 9.30am and 3.30pm six days a week into town, with some journeys continuing to/from Sidemoor, Catshill, Romsley and Halesowen.

The extra service has been achieved following efficient scheduling of a current subsidised service.

Cllr Derek Prodger MBE, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member for Transport and Safe Environment, said: "This has been a service which residents have requested and we are delighted to have been able to provide it without incurring additional costs to the taxpayer.

"We have listened to residents and recognise how important it is that areas outside of town centres are connected to important amenities. We also encourage more people to use public transport and are confident this extra provision will give Oakhalls' residents a viable alternative to using their cars."

Cllr Emma Moffett, Local Member for Bromsgrove East added: "'On behalf of the Oakalls' residents, I would like to say a very big thank you to the officers of Worcestershire County Council who have enabled this new service to happen. I know that it will be much appreciated and used by families in the area.

"I have been campaigning for this service since becoming the County Councillor representing the Oakalls as residents have made it clear to me that they needed a bus service to stop on their estate. At present it is about 15 minutes to the closest bus stop and this is obviously too far with heavy shopping bags."

For further information about the new service, including timetables, call either Traveline – 0871 200 2233 (http://www.traveline.org.uk/), the Worcestershire Hub – 01905 765765 or Midland Rider - 07912 848728.

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