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Pensioners protest outside West Bromwich bus station to demand better services

Pensioners protested outside a Black Country bus station to demand improvement to the services they rely on.

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Bus protestors and Sarah Coombes at West Bromwich Bus Station

Sandwell and West Birmingham Pensioners Convention want better Government funding of public transport and for the West Midlands to follow Manchester's lead in altering the ownership of local buses.

They gathered outside West Bromwich Bus Station yesterday with banners and got bus passengers to sign a petition calling for better services.

National Express West Midlands currently operates the vast majority of services in the region and have angered many customers by reducing bus frequency or scrapping routes like the number 5 in Wolverhampton.

The 5, from Codsall to Wolverhampton, will no longer operate from November 5.

Brian Allbutt, secretary of the Sandwell and West Birmingham Pensioners Convention, said: “Good public transport, particularly buses, are crucial to the vast majority of pensioners. It helps keep us active, keeps us in touch with friends and family and involved, and it can be so distressing when a bus is withdrawn.