County councillor joins fight to save “vital” Burntwood bus service

A county councillor has backed the fight to save a “vital” Burntwood bus route.

Operator Arriva has unveiled plans to axe the number 15 service from Boney Hay to Lichfield from October 8.

Cllr Sue Woodward

Cllr Sue Woodward

But Cllr Sue Woodward, Labour representative for Burntwood North, has called on Arriva and Staffordshire County Council to save the route.

“ The town is not particularly well-served by buses ,but I have been contacted by people who use the service regularly just how much they need it to continue,” she said.

“Older residents, in particular, and in fact anyone without their own transport say how important it is to enable them to stay independent, do their shopping, socialise and go to Lichfield to visit the council offices and so on.

“In fact, one couple told me that regular passengers know each other, look out for each other and that it gives them the chance for social interaction that they may not get elsewhere.”

“I am grateful to county council officers who’ve taken up local concerns though and am hopeful that a replacement service can be set up.”

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