Residents are being asked for their views on public transport in Tamworth – with special emphasis on the bus service between the railway station, town centre and other areas of the borough.
And to help gauge people’s views, a new questionnaire has been launched to help get as many views as possible.
This piece of work is being carried out by Tamworth Borough Council’s Aspire & Prosper Scrutiny Committee, to help gain a better understanding of how people use public transport and what improvements they would like to see.
The committee – chaired by Cllr Tina Clements – wanted to carry out this work following an in-depth discussion about bus services currently operating in Tamworth.
Councillor Andrew James presented a report on public transport, which focused on the number of bus services operating in and around Tamworth, and looking at how many went via the railway station.
The committee heard that there are between 2.2 million and 2.6 million train journeys to and from Tamworth Railway Station every year – and improving bus services to the station could help residents’ access better employment opportunities.
Cllr Tina Clements, Chairman of the Aspire and Prosper Scrutiny Committee, said: “We are looking to find out how people use public transport in Tamworth and what would make people use it more.
“For example, if there were more buses going to the railway station, would people use the train more often? We are also asking people who don’t use the bus service what would make them more likely to do so.
“Public transport provides a vital lifeline for thousands of people and we want to make sure what we have available is right for our residents.”
The committee is made up of councillors from different political parties and puts issues affecting Tamworth under the spotlight. The new sub-group which has drawn up the bus survey is made up of Cllr Andrew James, Cllr Pat Standen and scrutiny committee vice-chair, Cllr Joy Goodall.