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"HOKEY COKEY" WOLVES REVIEWS BUS LANE

07-12-2009

Wolverhampton has been described as the “hokey cokey Council” after ordering a review into a city centre bus lane. The news comes little more than a year after they squandered £1.7 million in another move against bus users.

Tory leader Cllr Neville Patten – who got rid of the Red Route on the A449 Stafford Road in September 2008 – is now proposing to remove the bus lane on Stafford Street.

He told the Express and Star on Friday: “There are so many cars that are just stuck in the outside lanes while the bus lanes are empty. I really want to see something done there to improve traffic flows.”

That brought an instant rebuke from West Midlands Campaign for Better Transport, whose spokesman Kevin Chapman pointed out that bus punctuality in the region is scarcely better than in 2002/03 when only 60% of services arrived within five minutes of their scheduled time; last year the figure was just 61%.

Chapman said: “They seem to have adopted the hokey-cokey approach of putting something in and spending pots of money doing it, then taking it out and spending even more money.

“In the meantime bus passengers continue to suffer from below-par reliability on one hand and are seeing their hard earned council tax being thrown down the drain on the other”.

“It’s ironic when the leader of the council Neville Patten was previously a bus driver.”

Former Labour Cabinet Member for Transport Cllr Milkinder Jaspal recently questioned the need for bus lanes in his Heath Town ward.

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