New on-demand bus service ridership “exceeds expectations”

A new on-demand bus service in Worcestershire town of Bromsgrove has carried more than 800 passengers in its first month of operation.

The Bromsgrove Standard says the BOD service, which began on 19 July, enables people to summon and pre-book buses for journeys anywhere in the area and that there have been 802 journeys with 824 people downloading the app.

It says Councillor Adam Kent got the idea from a similar scheme in Milton Keynes and that he’s “delighted” with the local response. “

The bus was the brainchild of Coun Adam Kent, deputy leader of Bromsgrove District Council, after he saw similar schemes operating in other parts of the country, such as Milton Keynes. “Tthe feedback has been amazing,” he told the paper. “From young people using it to meet friends, groups making trips to local pubs to our elderly residents who would normally struggle to get to a bus stop being picked up outside their homes and dropped exactly where they need to go, this is a real modal shift in transport in Bromsgrove”.

The council is says if the success continues, it could be rolled out across the county.

(Picture – Worcestershire County Council)

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