AN electric shuttle bus is planned to ferry people between the town centre, railway station and other parts of Bromsgrove.

The Conservative Group on Bromsgrove District Council say they have ring-fenced £250k in this year’s budget to fund the electric bus.

The say it will link the town centre, railway station, and wider residential and commercial areas, ‘enhancing the existing transport network within Bromsgrove and offering greater flexibility for passengers.”

The idea is to synchronise the bus and train timetables to minimise residents’ journey times.

Portfolio holder Adam Kent: “Connectivity of the district’s commercial and residential centres is paramount to our COVID recovery strategy, as well as the future economic growth of the district.”

The group say it’s the first of a number of possible transport initiatives, which could also next generation green shelters for the railway station – a first for the UK which will the station utilising solar and wind power generation.

“We will also be looking to incorporate Real Time Information Displays into new designs as well other sensor technology.”

District council leader, Karen May: “Improving connectivity between residents and local business is a win-win situation. Through investing in green travel, we also maintain our commitment to improving air quality in the district.”