The issue of permanently relegating bus-stops to the city’s outskirts has provoked lengthy comments. John Tyrrell points out some advantages of a Metro:
“In 2004 when I was Cabinet Member for Transport I tried hard to move the Metro forward with far wider scope. Proposed were lines to Great Barr, Fiveways and beyond including Hagley Road, Eastside etc.
“I use trams, trains and buses and I have to say the latter is the poorest not only in image but in comfort and reliability (time keeping etc.).
“I use park and ride at the Hawthorns and often have to make a change at Moor Street and walk to New Street. I admit I need the exercise, but as I get older, or have heavy cases to deal with I could do with integrated transport ie the tram linking with New Street. You could have a bus service, but that means lugging heavy cases twice, and it’s difficult getting them on to buses.”