Better bus routes for South Birmingham start this weekend
Bus users across South Birmingham are being reminded that service changes come into effect this weekend.
From Sunday (October 25) people in the area will benefit from an improved bus network with better connections to a number of new developments including the soon-to-open QE Super Hospital.
The changes will cover a large area of South Birmingham running from Warstock to Weoley Castle, including the Alcester, Pershore and Bristol Roads. Additional staff from National Express and Centro will be positioned along key routes next week to assist passengers and answer any queries.
More than 200,000 South Birmingham residents have already received a leaflet explaining the bus service improvements. For anyone still unsure of the changes, detailed timetable information is also available at
www.networkwestmidlands.com/busreview or via Traveline on 0871 200 22 33.
The bus network improvements were led by transport authority Centro, National Express West Midlands and Birmingham City Council. The service changes will build upon the already extensive transport network in the area to deliver a modern bus network which helps to attract people out of their cars.
It will also allow for future growth at the Longbridge and Bournville College redevelopment sites and the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital which will become the city's second largest employer when it opens next summer.
- New direct bus links to the new QE hospital from Pool Farm, Hawkesley, Primrose Hill, Kings Norton, Cotteridge, Bournville, Frankley, Holly Hill, Maypole, Yardley Wood, Billesley, Kings Heath, Selly Park and Bournbrook.
- Improved links to education facilities such as Cadbury Sixth Form College and Birmingham University which has over 30,000 staff and students on site every day.
- A direct bus service from Holly Hill Road in Frankley to Birmingham city centre.
- Improved links to Wythall, Rubery and Pool Farm.
- All National Express West Midlands buses and Centro subsidised services run by low floor easy access buses helping people with limited mobility or young children board the bus (around 250 vehicles in total).
- 245 upgraded bus shelters to provide an enhanced waiting environment for passengers
- Increased evening and Sunday services
Cllr Jon Hunt, lead member for Bus & Highways at Centro, said: "We appreciate that this new network involves a lot of change and we continue to welcome feedback from passengers.
"It is hoped that the vast majority of people in South Birmingham will see a significant improvement in bus services."
The changes were drawn up by Centro, National Express and the city council to help simplify bus routes that have been in place across South Birmingham for more than 20 years, creating an easier to understand network that takes people where they want to go, when they want to go.
The new network has also been designed to connect people to those areas, such as the former Longbridge site, where future jobs are expected to be created.
The changes were finalised using feedback from a four week public consultation in July and August as well as comments from schools, community groups, local councillors and other stakeholders.