Since I was first elected, I have been holding the bus operators in Redditch to account.
Undoubtedly Redditch’s bus service needs improving, and I’m working with the Government and our County Council to achieve this. The £1,429,686 Worcestershire County Council was awarded by the Government to support its Bus Service Improvement Plan and the establishment of a new Enhanced Partnership with bus operators will certainly help with this.
The funding will also be used to help the County Council introduce Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) solutions. DRT allows passengers to request a bus using a smartphone app, similar to services like Uber. This innovative approach will provide greater flexibility and convenience, particularly in areas with lower demand, and Rachel wants to see DRT rolled out in Redditch.
As part of my work to improve bus services, I chaired the first cross-party Redditch Bus Travel Task Force meeting. The Task Force brought together representatives from Worcestershire County Council, Diamond Bus and Age UK, as well as Borough and County Councillors from all political parties.
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