A £1.5 million bus Showcase
scheme running across Coventry is to be built as part of the Coventry
Walsgrave Hospitals NHS trust
will pay for the new route running from Tanyard Farm to Potters Green
to make sure that people living in the south-west of the city are not
cut off from the new facilities.
Hospital bosses have also
agreed to put £740,000 a year into subsidised bus services to
increase the amount of buses running to the new complex at Walsgrave.
The deal is one of the final
conditions to be met before tenders for the new initiative can be
New routes going around the
city, orbiting both the north and south sides will be introduced along
with a shuttle from the railway station, developed with people living
in Warwickshire in mind, and other services will be improved.
The conditions set down by the
council meant that everyone in Coventry has to be within 35 minutes of
the hospital by public transport, that services must run at least
every 20 minutes, and people must live within 400 metres of a bus
Planning Control Manager
Lesley Wroe said the annual sum would be indexed-linked against
inflation to ensure the services remained in place for at least five
Cabinet members today welcomed
the decision to improve the services, but expressed concern that the
upper-limit of £740,000 could be overtaken by expenses.
Cllr Phil Townshend (Service
chief executive Iain Roxburgh said the annual subsidy would lead to
“substantial improvements” for the whole public transport network
in Coventry, as £5 million is currently spent on the entire West
“If you are travelling to
the hospital by public transport from the south-west or north-west
side of the city this can be a very onerous obligation.
“We want to provide a
service that if it’s not a Rolls Royce then it’s a Jaguar.”