New bus to beat the subway

Pensioners and other residents who are scared to use Stourbridge’s subways will now be able to catch a bus running directly into the High Street.

wd2062475hansons-17-jah-1.jpgPensioners and other residents who are scared to use Stourbridge’s subways will now be able to catch a bus running directly into the High Street.

The Hanson’s 250 bus service was launched at the start of the week collecting passengers from around Stourbridge and taking them into the town centre.

The company’s 251 service then ferries passengers out of the town from a stop in Lower High Street, close to The Mitre pub.

The services started after complaints from elderly residents intimidated by underground routes into the town.

A series of muggings have taken place in the subways and Dudley Council has taken action to try and make them safer by installing cameras. But many still do not like using them.

Margaret Hanson, of Hanson’s, said: “The two buses run the same routes in different directions so passengers can catch one in and the other one out.

"So if someone wants to catch the service into the High Street they can work their way down the High Street to Lower High Street where they can catch the other one out of the town.

"It means they no longer have to use the subways which hold so much fear for a lot of people.”