An unused bus route, which has cost Birmingham taxpayers £420,000 in only 18 months, has finally been axed.
The Station Link shuttle connects New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street stations, as well as Digbeth Coach Station and Millennium Point. But it averaged just 1.6 passengers per journey even at the height of this year's Christmas rush.
Now the Centro-funded service, operated by Birmingham-based Zak's Coaches, will be ditched on January 6.
"We only have a limited pot of money to subsidise bus services and we need to make sure the services are viable and we get value for the taxpayer," a Centro spokesman said. "The money we save from this service will be reinvested in other socially-necessary bus routes, or ones that may be under threat in the West Midlands and that meet the required criteria, which includes passenger levels."
The service, which has cost more than £280,000 a year to run, was aimed at passengers with mobility issues, heavy shopping bags and at new visitors to the city who did not know how to get around.
Coun Jon Hunt (Lib Dem, Perry Barr), who is the lead member on buses for Centro, said: "It is disappointing that this free service is not able to carry on, but Centro can't justify spending the money on the service."