WMSNTWest Midlands Special Needs Transport (Birmingham, England, UK)
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" Des Rogers, operations manager for WMSNT, said: "We know many people living on the south of the city and in Ladywoodnd it dicult to access public transport to the markets area so we decided to give it a go.
Sadly, WMSNT no longer have the contract to operate this route and we are to have Travel Coventry back from today.
Meanwhile, good luck to WMSNT on their new routes - we shall miss you.
WMSNT operates the Ring and Ride service throughout the West Midlands metropolitan area, and is the UK's largest provider of door to door transport for people with disabilities, supplying 1.8 million trips a year to its 70,000-plus registeredusers.
Des Rogers, WMSNT's operation manager, said: "We're delighted to have secured the partnership with Bournville College, enabling us to diversify our services to new customers.
"We have now asked WMSNT to concentrate resource on the section of route between Chapelfields, Earlsdon and the city centre, with the section of the route to Cannon Park being covered by a small change to the 47 service."
We will continue to work closely with WMSNT to look at ways of making Ring and Ride even better value for money."
Des Rogers, operations manager of WMSNT, said: "It is early days yet, but we are confident of increasing passenger numbers significantly on the 288 as we have done with other routes.
I can assure you that WMSNT is committed to working with Centro and local councils to improve the efficiency of specialist transport services across the board.
Launching the extended service was shadow secretary of state for transport Theresa Villiers, WMSNT chief executive Peter Maggs, and Centro's chairman councillor Gary Clarke.
WMSNT, with eight depots around the urban heart of the West Midlands, including three in Birmingham, is subsidised to the tune of pounds 6 million a year by council tax payers.
In Coventry there are 12 Ring and Ride buses and three Easy Riders, all operated by the Centro-backed WMSNT.