A number of concerned residents have been in touch regarding rumours that the 55A bus service, which provides a vital link across the Yorkswood area, is about to be changed or cancelled.
I checked this out with National Express, the bus company who run the service and have now had confirmation that there are no plans to change the 55A. This is good to hear, especially after the fight we had to get the service introduced after a disastrous reorganisation of local bus routes five years ago.
Here’s the full text of the email I received from National Express:
From: National Express [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 19 February 2016 13:28
To: Councillor John Cotton
Subject: Our Ref NXWM/81888-12
19 February 2016
Thank you for your enquiry.
We are not aware of any changes being made to the 55A bus route.
Thank you for contacting us.
Customer Liaison Officer
Birmingham City Council today launched its 2016+ budget consultation, setting out its financial plans for 2016/17 – 2019/20.
As well as setting the budget for 2016/17 in March, the Council is preparing a plan to ensure that it maintains a balanced budget in the future. This plan takes account of the announcements that the Government has already made about the money available to local councils like Birmingham. However, the Government will be making some further announcements about the financial settlement in the next few weeks. Everyone expects that this settlement will again be a challenging one, leaving the Council having to make further spending cuts of over £250m over the next four years.
The consultation is an opportunity for everyone in the city – residents, businesses, community groups and voluntary organisations – to have their say about the budget plans.
Residents of Shard End Ward are invited to the next of our regular public meetings, which is being held at Timberley Academy, tomorrow evening (16 November), starting at 7pm.
The meetings are another chance to find out about the work your local Councillors have been doing over the past weeks and for residents to have their say about the issues that matter most to our community.
I’m looking forward to seeing you there!