South Birmingham service changes from 22nd July 2018

South Birmingham service changes from 22nd July 2018

Following an extensive public consultation, this summer NX Bus are making some changes to bus routes in and around South / South West Birmingham.

These include small changes, such as timetable improvements so that buses can run more reliably. There are also some larger route changes, to cater for new and emerging travel needs, and also help to overcome increasing traffic congestion around busier areas.

These changes will bring new express services, more direct routes to Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the University of Birmingham, and a simpler network that is easier to understand.

Many will see very little change to their journey, but we’ve gathered the below route-by-route information to tell you about what’s happening in the coming weeks.

The following changes will be made from Sunday 22nd July 2018. (Information below reproduced from the NX Bus website)


A visual overview of the new network for South Birmingham

Service 1 will be replaced with new and modified routes: 

1 / 1A  Fox Hollies – Acocks Green – Springfield – Moseley – Cannon Hill Park – Five Ways (1) or University / QE Hospital (1A)  

Buses run up to every 10-20 minutes

4A  Gospel Oak – Acocks Green – Birmingham  

Buses run up to every 10 minutes

+ More buses will run through Mosley (1 / 1A)

+ New direct route to University / QE Hospital (1A)

+ Gospel Oak will have more and faster buses to / from the city centre (4A)

Gospel Oak will no longer be served by the 1

The 1 / 1A will run up to every 10 minutes between Acocks Green and Edgbaston, from there the 1 will run up to every 20 minutes to Five Ways; the new route 1A will then run up to every 20 minutes along Bristol Road and Aston Webb Boulevard to University / QE Hospital.

In Acocks Green / Fox Hollies, buses on the 1 / 1A route will run around a loop of Shirley Road, Dolphin Lane and Olton Boulevard East.

The new 4A will run from Gospel Oak along Severne Road and Gospel Lane to Warwick Road, then through Acocks Green and direct along Warwick Road to Birmingham city centre, reducing journey times for our passengers.

 

2 / 3  Maypole – Warstock – Yardley Wood – Billesley – Birmingham

Buses run up to every 10 minutes between Wake Green and Birmingham

+ Buses will run up to every 10 minutes between Billesley and the city centre

Between Wake Green and the city centre, services 2 / 3 will now use the same route along Stoney Lane. Showell Green Lane will now be served by the 5.

 

4 / 4A  Solihull (4) / Gospel Oak (4A)  – Acocks Green – Birmingham

Buses run up to every 10 minutes

+ Buses will run up to every 5 minutes between Acocks Green and the city centre along Warwick Road

+  Buses will run up to every 10 minutes to / from Gospel Oak

The new 4 / 4A services replace routes 37 and 31, see these sections for more information.

 

5  Solihull – Monkspath – Shirley – Sarehole Mill – Birmingham  

Buses run up to every 6 minutes along Stratford Road (when combined with the 6)

+ More reliable buses by avoiding Springfield Road and traffic in Solihull

+ Robin Hood Lane will be served again

Buses will not serve Springfield Road due to ongoing issues with parking

Between Solihull and Widney Manor Station, buses will no longer serve stops on New Road and Warwick Road, due to delays caused by traffic queuing for town centre car parks.

At Widney Manor Station, buses towards Solihull will now stop opposite the station entrance and not pull into the forecourt.

Springfield Road will no longer be served due to ongoing issues with parking, preventing larger vehicles from passing and causing delays. All buses on this route will now serve Showell Green Lane. This may be revised if the problem improves in future.

 

6 / 6A – Solihull – Shirley – Hall Green – Birmingham

Buses run up to every 6 minutes

+ There will be no changes made to the 6 route, however there will be a new timetable to improve reliability.

The 6A service will be withdrawn. Passengers for the business parks between Shirley and Monkspath will still be served up to every 20 minutes by the 5.

 

Services 22 / 23 will be replaced with new and modified routes:

23  Bartley Green – Woodgate – Harborne – Five Ways – Birmingham

Buses run up to every 8-10 minutes

X22  Woodgate – Kitwell – Bartley Green – University / QE Hospital – Birmingham

Buses run up to every 20 minutes

+ More buses in Bartley Green, Woodgate & Woodgate Valley South areas (23)

+ Harborne to Birmingham buses will now simply be numbered 23 / 24

+ New and direct links to University / QE Hospital from Kitwell, Bartley Green, Jiggins Lane and Quinton Road

+ New Platinum buses on routes 23 / X22, offering premium comfort with extra legroom, wifi and USB points

Kitwell and Jiggins Lane will no longer have direct buses to Harborne; passengers can connect to 23 / X22 services along Stonehouse Road or California Way

Buses will run less often during the day to Kitwell and Jiggins Lane, running every 20 minutes instead of every 15 minutes

The current 22 / 23 services will be combined into one, simpler, more frequent route; the new 23. This will run from Newman University via Bartley Green, Romsley Road, Woodgate, Woodgate Valley South, Harborne and Five Ways to Birmingham.

Kitwell and Jiggins Lane, currently served by the 22, will be served by the new X22. This will run from Woodgate via Kitwell, Romsley Road, Bartley Green, Jiggins Lane, California, Quinton Road and University / QE Hospital to Birmingham.

To help improve reliability, bus stops on Stonehouse Lane and Stonehouse Hill will be moved onto California Way and Northfield Road.

 

24  Woodgate Valley North – Quinton – Harborne – Five Ways – Birmingham

Buses run up to every 8 minutes

+ Buses will run more often – up to every 8 minutes during the day

+ No need to change buses when travelling from Birmingham and Harborne to Quinton Road West, or from Highfield Lane to Harborne and Birmingham

+ Harborne to Birmingham buses will now simply be numbered 23 / 24

+ New platinum buses on route 24, offering premium comfort with extra legroom, wifi and USB points

–  Parts of Simmons Drive will no longer be served by the 24

The route terminus at Woodgate Valley South will now move to Quinton Road West at West Boulevard.

The route between Birmingham and Four Dwellings School will not change. From Four Dwellings School, buses will run along Highfield Lane, then up Simmonds Drive to run along Quinton Road West. This means the lower part of Simmonds Drive will not be served by the 24. The nearest stops can be located on Simmonds Drive close to the phone box, or along Quinton Road West as they are now.

An alternative service will be provided along Simmons Drive by igo routes 10 / 10H / 10S, which will change at the same time. These buses will serve the full length of Simmons Drive.

 

Service 27 will be replaced with modified routes:

27  Harborne – Quinton Road – Weoley Castle – Northfield – Bournville – Kings Heath – Maypole 

Buses run up to every 20 minutes

48  Northfield – West Heath – Hawkesley – Cotteridge – Bournville – Selly Oak – QE Hospital / University – Harborne – Bearwood – West Bromwich

Buses run up to every 30 minutes

+ Between Northfield and Maypole the route is not changing

+ New direct links to Weoley Castle, QE Hospital (on Metchley Lane) and Harborne

+ New 48 offers direct links from Turves Green and West Heath to University / QE Hospital; and from Hawkesley and Bournville to Harborne High Street

+ Buses run more often between Hawkesley and University / QE Hospital, up to every 30 minutes

There will be fewer buses running between Hawkesley and Northfield, running every 30 minutes instead of every 20 minutes

Passengers currently travelling between Bournville and Turves Green / West Heath on the 27 will need to change onto the new 48 at Northfield

The current 27 route will remain unchanged from Northfield through Bournville, Stirchley, Kings Heath, Yardley Wood and Warstock to Maypole.

The new 27 will extend from Northfield to Weoley Castle and Harborne. The route is the same as the current 29 and will run along Bell Hill, Shenley Lane, Gregory Avenue, Weoley Castle Road, Castle Square, Beckbury Road, Castle Road, Alwold Road, Barnes Hill, California Way, Northfield Road and Quinton Road. It will then run a loop via Metchley Lane, Harborne High Street, Vivian Road and Harborne Park Road to Quinton Road, returning to Northfield along the reverse route.

Hawkesley and West Heath will be linked with Northfield by changes to the 48, which will offer new direct links to Cotteridge, Bournville, Selly Oak and QE Hospital / University.

 

Service 29 will be replaced with several new and modified routes:

23 / 24  Bartley Green / Woodgate Valley North – Harborne – Five Ways – Birmingham

Buses run up to every 4-5 minutes between Harborne and Birmingham

27  Harborne – Quinton Road – Weoley Castle – Northfield – Bournville – Kings Heath – Maypole

Buses run up to every 20 minutes

49  Solihull – Shirley – Maypole – Cotteridge – West Heath – Longbridge – Rubery – Frankley – Allens Cross – Northfield 

Buses run up to every 15 minutes

X21  Woodcock Hill – Weoley Castle – Selly Oak – QE Hospital / University – Birmingham

Buses run up to every 15 minutes

X22  Woodgate – Bartley Green – Quinton Road – QE Hospital / University – Birmingham

Buses run up to every 20 minutes

+ Harborne to Birmingham buses will now simply be numbered 23 / 24

+ More buses will serve Quinton Road, up to every 15 minutes to Birmingham (X22), up to every 20 minutes to Harborne (27)

+ New direct links to University / QE Hospital from Quinton Road and Gregory Avenue

+ Allens Cross area will have more buses to / from Northfield, Rubery and Longbridge, running up to every 15 minutes (49)

+ New platinum buses on route X22, offering premium comfort with extra legroom, wifi and USB points

There will be no direct link between Weoley Castle, Quinton Road and Five Ways; passengers will need to change at California or Harborne, using the 27 / 23

In Frankley and Allens Cross the new 49 will offer improved local links, running up to every 15 minutes, and be more reliable than the current 29 which experiences delays caused by unpredictable congestion in Birmingham. In Frankley the 49 will not run along Holly Hill Road, instead running faster along New Street and Tessall Lane. Holly Hill Road will be served by new 61.

Northfield, Weoley Castle, Quinton Road and Harborne will be served by changes to the 27, that will run up to every 20 minutes between these areas. The route is the same as the current 29 and will run along Bell Hill, Shenley Lane, Gregory Avenue, Weoley Castle Road, Castle Square, Beckbury Road, Castle Road, Alwold Road, Barnes Hill, California Way, Northfield Road and Quinton Road. It will then run a loop via Metchley Lane, Harborne High Street, Vivian Road, Harborne Park Road to Quinton Road, returning to Northfield along the reverse route.

Weoley Castle will be linked to Birmingham by a new route, the X21, running from Woodcock Hill along Long Nuke Road and Gregory Avenue to Weoley Castle, then along a similar route as the current X64 to Birmingham. Between University and Birmingham city centre, the X21 will be a limited stop service.

Quinton Road will be linked to Birmingham by a new route, the X22, that will run from Woodgate, along Quinton Road to QE Hospital / University, then follows the same route as the current X64 into Birmingham.

 

Service 31 will be replaced with new and modified routes:

4A  Gospel Oak – Acocks Green – Birmingham

Buses run up to every 10 minutes

31  Solihull Station – Shirley – Gospel Oak – Acocks Green

Buses run up to every 30 minutes

+ Buses will run more often, up to every 10 minutes between Gospel Oak and Birmingham and up to every 5 minutes between Acocks Green and Birmingham

+ A new, faster and more direct route to Birmingham (4)

+ All buses will serve Warwick Road in Acocks Green, passing Aldi and Sainsbury’s

The link to Shirley and Solihull via the 31 route will run less often

Dolphin Lane, Olton Boulevard East, Shirley Road and Shaftmoor Lane will not have a direct link to Birmingham. But, the new 1 / 1A will run up to every 10 minutes and offer connections at Acocks Green (for the new 4 / 4A), or Stratford Road (for the 6)

The new 4A will run from Gospel Oak along Severne Road and Gospel Lane to Warwick Road, then through Acocks Green and direct along Warwick Road to Birmingham city centre, reducing journey times to / from Birmingham.

The 31 will continue to serve its usual route from Solihull Station via Shirley to Streetsbrook Road, but will then run along Redstone Farm Road due to issues with parking and resulting traffic on Pitmaston Road to Gospel Oak. Between Gospel Oak and Acocks Green buses will run along the current route including Severne Road and Olton Boulevard East to Acocks Green.

Pitmaston road will be served by the 99, provided by igo. Full details of this service will be available from networkwm.com shortly.

 

Service 37 will be replaced with two new routes:

4  Solihull – Olton – Acocks Green – Birmingham

Buses run up to every 10 minutes

4A  Gospel Oak – Acocks Green – Birmingham

Buses run up to every 10 minutes

+ Buses will run more often, up to every 5 minutes between Acocks Green and Birmingham (4 / 4A)

+ All buses will serve Warwick Road in Acocks Green, passing Aldi and Sainsbury’s

Buses will run less often, up to every 10 minutes, between Solihull and Acocks Green (4)

The 37 route will now become the 4 and will run between Solihull and Birmingham. The new 4A service will replace the route no longer served by the 31, between Gospel Oak and Birmingham city centre.

Both routes will run up to every 10 minutes, with buses travelling between Acocks Green and Birmingham city centre running up to every 5 minutes, along Warwick Road.

 

45  Longbridge – West Heath – Walkers Heath – Cotteridge – Stirchley – Birmingham

Buses run up to every 12 minutes

The current route between West Heath and Birmingham will not change.

Between Longbridge and West Heath, buses on this route will use Coombes Lane and Groveley Lane instead of Longbridge Lane, routes served by the current 47 / 49.

 

Service 47 will be replaced with new and modified routes:

47  Longbridge – Turves Green – Cotteridge – Stirchley – Birmingham

Buses run up to every 12 minutes

X20  Cofton Hackett – Rednal – Longbridge – Northfield – Selly Oak – QE Hospital / University – Birmingham

Buses run up to every 20 minutes

+ Turves Green will have a direct link to Longbridge Station / town centre, with services running up to every 12 minutes

+ Longbridge will have faster links to Kings Norton, Cotteridge and Stirchley

+ New X20 directly links Cofton Hackett to Northfield, QE Hospital / University and Birmingham city centre

+ New Platinum buses on X20 route, offering premium comfort with extra legroom, wifi and USB points

Links between Cofton Hackett and Kings Norton, Cotteridge and Stirchley have been replaced by those to Longbridge, Northfield, Selly Oak and QE Hospital /  University

The new 47 will run to / from Longbridge town centre.

Coombes Lane and Groveley Lane will be served by the 45.

New X20 will serve Cofton Hackett, offering direct links to Longbridge, Northfield, Selly Oak, QE Hospital / University and Birmingham city centre.

 

Service 48 will be replaced with new and modified routes:

48  Northfield – West Heath – Hawkesley – Cotteridge – Bournville – Selly Oak – QE Hospital / University – Harborne – Bearwood – West Bromwich

Buses run up to every 30 minutes

27  Harborne – Quinton Road – Weoley Castle – Northfield – Bournville – Kings Heath – Maypole

Buses run up to every 20 minutes

+ New direct links between University / QE Hospital to West Heath and Turves Green

+ Buses run more often between University / QE Hospital and Bournville, Cotteridge, Kings Norton and Hawkesley

Gibbins Road in Selly Oak will no longer be served; the nearest alternative stops are located on Harborne Lane, Bristol Road and Weoley Park Road

Between Northfield and QE Hospital, the 48 will run along a new route through West Heath, Hawkesley, Cotteridge and Bournville to Selly Oak.

The link between Northfield, Weoley Castle and Harborne will be served by changes to the 27 service, that will run up to every 20 minutes between these areas. This route is the same as the current 29.

Castle Road, Middle Park Road, Swarthmore Road and Black Haynes Road will be served by changes to the 39 / 39A service provided by igo. Full details of this service will be available from networkwm.com shortly.

Links between QE Hospital / University and Weoley Castle will be maintained by the new X21.

 

49  Solihull – Shirley – Maypole – Cotteridge – West Heath – Longbridge – Rubery – Frankley – Allens Cross – Northfield

Buses run up to every 15 minutes

+ Allens Cross will have more buses on the 49 route to / from Northfield, Rubery and Longbridge, with buses running up to every 15 minutes

+ Holly Hill Road will be served by the new 61, running up to every 10 minutes to Northfield, Selly Oak and Birmingham

The current 49 route will not change between Solihull and West Heath.

Between West Heath and Longbridge, buses will use Longbridge Lane instead of Groveley Lane and Coombes Lane. These roads will instead be served by the 45.

In Frankley, the new 61 will serve Holly Hill Road, Frogmill Road and Tessall Lane. The 49 will serve Ormond Road, Arden Road, New Street and Tessall Lane. This means that Holly Hill Road will not have direct links to Rubery and Longbridge, but will have more frequent buses to Northfield and a new direct link to Birmingham city centre.

 

50A  Wythall – Maypole – Kings Heath – Birmingham

Sadly there are not enough passengers using our 50A service. To ensure that both Transport for West Midlands and Worcestershire County Council have time to consider the implications of withdrawing this service, and decide whether a replacement service needs to be provided, we will continue to offer this service until Friday 31 August 2018.

Regular buses that run to the same destinations as the 50A are provided by Johnsons’ 150 service on Alcester Road. Diamond’s S3 service also provides a regular link to the Alcester Road and Maypole for customers in Hollywood, Trueman’s Heath and Wythall.

 

Service X61 will be replaced with new and modified routes:

61  Frankley – Northfield – Selly Oak – Birmingham

Buses run up to every 10 minutes

X20  Cofton Hackett – Rednal – Longbridge – Northfield – Selly Oak – QE Hospital / University – Birmingham

Buses run up to every 20 minutes

+ Buses will run more often along the 61 route

+ Holly Hill Road and Frogmill Road will now be served by the 61

+ In combination, routes 61 / 63 will run more often between Northfield and Birmingham

+ More buses will run through Selly Oak in the evenings and on Sundays

+ Bristol Road South has a new limited stop service to QE Hospital / University and Birmingham city centre (X20)

+ New Platinum buses on X20 route, offering premium comfort with extra legroom, wifi and USB points

Two stops in Frankley will no longer be served by the 63, but are only a short walk from stops on Ormond Road

Platinum buses will no longer serve the 61 route

The X61 will be replaced by the new 61 service. This will run from the Arden Road terminus in Frankley, along New Street, Holly Hill Road, Frogmill Road, Tessall Lane and Frankley Beeches Road to Bristol Road South. It will then run along the same route as the 63 to Birmingham city centre.

The 61 will run more often during the day than the current X61 service, and between Northfield and Birmingham, the new 61 will run alongside the 63. This means buses will run more often between Northfield, Selly Oak and Birmingham.

A new limited stop service, the X20, will run from Cofton Hackett and Rednal along Bristol Road to QE Hospital / University and Birmingham city centre.

 

63  Frankley – Rubery – Longbridge – Northfield – Selly Oak – Birmingham

Buses run up to every 10 minutes

+ The 61 / 63 combined, will run more often between Northfield and Birmingham

+Evening and Sunday services have been improved

-Stops on New Inns Lane will not be served by the 63, however these will be served by other services. The nearest alternative stops for the 63 are on Ormond Road (next to Old Stone Close) and on Cross Farm Lane

Buses on the 63 route will start from Boleyn Road at Crompton Road and run along Ormond Road, Rubery Lane and Cross Farms Lane to New Inns Lane. The route will not change between New Inns Lane and Birmingham.

The 63 will run less often during the middle of the day. Between Northfield and Birmingham new route 61 will run up to every 10 minutes, meaning buses will run more often between Northfield, Selly Oak and Birmingham.

 

Service 84 will be replaced with a modified route:

48  Northfield – West Heath – Hawkesley – Cotteridge – Bournville – Selly Oak – QE Hospital / University – Harborne – Bearwood – West Bromwich

Buses run up to every 30 mins

+ New direct links between University / QE Hospital to West Heath and Turves Green

+ Buses run more oftenbetween University / QE Hospital and Bournville, Cotteridge, Kings Norton and Hawkesley

Hawkesley will be served by changes to the 48 service, offering direct links to Cotteridge, Bournville, Selly Oak and QE Hospital / University. This replaces the current 84 service.

The 48 will also run from Hawkesley to West Heath and Northfield to replace the current 27.

 

Service 98 will be replaced with a brand new Platinum route:

X20  Cofton Hackett – Rednal – Longbridge – Northfield – Selly Oak – QE Hospital / University – Birmingham

Buses run up to every 20 minutes

+ New X20 offers a direct link from Cofton Hackett to Northfield, University / QE Hospital and Birmingham

+ Bristol Road South will have a new limited stop service to University / QE Hospital and Birmingham

+ New Platinum buses on X20 route, offering premium comfort with extra legroom, wifi and USB points

Great Park, Leach Green Lane and parts of Lickey Road will not be served by the new X20 service

The new X20 service will run from Cofton Hackett via Groveley Lane, Lowhill Lane, Lickey Road and Edgewood Road, through Rednal to Bristol Road South at Great Park. It will then run a limited stop service through Northfield, Selly Oak and QE Hospital / University to Birmingham city centre.

The nearest alternative stops along the new route are located on Bristol Road South, Ashill Road, Edgewood Road, Lickey Road and Lowhill Lane. Most stops that will not be served along Leach Green Lane and Lickey Road will be served by changes to route 19 run by igo. Full details of this service will be available from networkwm.com shortly.

 

Service 885 will be replaced with a new route:

1A  Acocks Green – Springfield – Moseley – Edgbaston – QE Hospital / University

Buses run up to every 20 minutes

+ New 1A service will run throughout the day Monday – Sunday

The new 1A route will run along the same route as the 885 from Acocks Green to Cannon Hill Park. It will then run along Bristol Road and Aston Webb Boulevard to QE Hospital.

Two journeys on school days will call at King Edward VI High School in Edgbaston, before continuing along the Bristol Road as normal.

One journey on school days will start from Solihull in the morning and run back to Solihull in the afternoon.

 

Service X64 will be replaced with new and modified routes:

X21  Woodcock Hill – Weoley Castle – Selly Oak – QE Hospital / University – Birmingham

Buses run up to every 15 minutes

X22  Woodgate – Bartley Green – Quinton Road – QE Hospital / University – Birmingham

Buses run up to every 20 minutes

+ Buses will run more often between Woodcock Hill, Lodge Hill, Selly Oak and University / QE Hospital, Birmingham (X21)

+ Buses will run more often between Bartley Green and University / QE Hospital, Birmingham (X22)

+ Long Nuke Lane and Gregory Avenue have new direct buses to University / QE Hospital (X21)

+ Kitwell and Jiggins Lane have new direct buses to University / QE Hospital (X22)

+ New Platinum buses on X22 route, offering premium comfort with extra legroom, wifi and USB points

The current link between Bartley Green and Weoley Castle will no longer run; there are regular buses up to every 15 minutes on route 002, provided by Diamond

Woodgate and Bartley Green will be linked to QE Hospital / University by new route X22. This will run a more direct route to QE Hospital / University via Jiggins Lane and Quinton Road, instead of Weoley Castle.

Woodcock Hill and Weoley Castle will be linked to Birmingham by new route X21. This will run from Woodcock Hill along Woodcock Lane, Cromwell Lane, Moors Lane, Hillwood Road, Long Nuke Road and Gregory Avenue to Weoley Castle, then continue along the same route as the current X64 to Edgbaston. It will then run a limited stop service into Birmingham. One bus stop on Woodcock Lane will not be served. The nearest stops are at Weoley Castle Road (by Shenley Lane) or Woodcock Lane (by Shenley Fields Homes). The closest stop to Newman University is at Cromwell Lane / Moors Lane, which is a short walk away.


The above information has been reproduced from the NX Bus website, a PDF leaflet containing all the information can be downloaded from https://nxbus.co.uk/west-midlands/south-birmingham-service-changes


There will also be some alterations to the 10H, 10S, 19, 39 and 99, operated by igo, in conjunction with these changes. These are detailed below:

Service 10H / 10S (Birmingham – Quinton)

Towards Tesco Quinton   

As current route between City / Selly Oak and Court Oak Road, then: Court Oak Road, West Boulevard, Quinton Road West, Martley Croft, Simmons Drive, Highfield Lane, Ridgeacre Lane, Ridgeacre Road.

Towards City/Selly Oak 

Ridgeacre Road, Quinton Road West, Highfield Lane, Simmons Drive, Martley Croft, Quinton Road West, West Boulevard, Court Oak Road. Then as the current route from Court Oak Road to City / Selly Oak.

Service 19 (Frankley – Maypole)

Towards Rednal

As current route from Maypole to Longbridge (except the bus will go straight on from The Fordrough onto Fairfax Road, will not turn down Alvechurch Rd and will not serve West Heath terminus) then:Longbridge Lane, Bristol Road South, Lickey Road, Leach Green Lane, Cock Hill Lane, Bristol Road South, Park Way, terminate at Hollywood Bowl.

Towards Maypole 

Hollywood Bowl, Park Way, Bristol Road South, Leach Green Lane, Lickey Road, Bristol Road South, Longbridge Lane. Then as the current route from Longbridge to Maypole (except the bus will go straight on from The Fordrough onto Fairfax Road, will not turn down Alvechurch Rd and will not serve West Heath terminus).

Service 39A (Woodgate Valley – Longbridge)

Towards Longbridge

As current route from Woodgate Valley to Weoley Castle, Castle Square, then: Castle Road, Middle Park Road, Swarthmore Road, Black Haynes Road, Shenley Lane, Meadow Brook Road, Merritt’s Hill. Then as the current route to Longbridge

Towards Woodgate Valley

As current route from Longbridge to Merritt’s Hill then: Merritt’s Hill, Meadow Brook Road, Shenley Lane, Black Haynes Road, Swarthmore Road, Middle Park Road, Castle Road. Then as the current route to Woodgate Valley.

Service 39 does not change

Service 99 (Shirley – Shard End)

Towards Shard End

As current route from Shirley to Baldwins Lane, then: Baldwins Lane, Solihull Lane, Pitmaston Road, Cresswell Road, Lakey Road. Then as the current route to Shard End.

Towards Shirley   

As current route from Shard End to Lakey Road then: Lakey Road, Cresswell Road, Pitmaston Road, Solihull Lane, Baldwins Lane. Then as the current route to Shirley.


Other related operator changes

Service X20 (Birmingham to Stratford-upon-Avon) – Johnsons

I understand that this service will be renumbered 20 – to avoid confusion with NX Buses new X20 service – and will operate between Stratford-Upon-Avon and Shirley only, possibly with peak time journeys extended to Birmingham city centre, though this is yet to be confirmed.


New timetables will be available to view and download from the NX Bus and Network West Midlands websites in the next few days.

While comments are welcomed, please note that this website does not officially represent National Express West Midlands or any other bus operator or organisation.

Stu

Stu is the founder of this West Midlands Bus Users website. He is not a bus enthusiast, but as a regular passenger takes an interest in public transport related matters, having relied on buses to get around for over twenty-five years now.

8 thoughts on “South Birmingham service changes from 22nd July 2018

  1. This is I believe the worst re-organisation I’ve seen in over 50 years. From Shenley Lane I can get one bus into Solihull or Merry Hill but to get into Birmingham City Centre I must use two buses. Guess where I’ll be doing my shopping? Is this just another nail in the coffin for Birmingham City Centre businesses

  2. So, just a simple sentence – buses will run less frequently – to slash a busy route [37] along the Warwick Road, currently every 6 minutes to every 10 minutes. Passengers don’t matter even though there will be overcrowding both during the morning and the evening. But planners don’t travel on the routes they propose to change. Twas ever thus.

  3. The 29 needs to be kept. It is the only direct bus ibto the city centre from Shenley Lane. How xan havibg ti catch 2 buses into town be an improvement? I travel on the 29 and coming home after the theatre mrans i will now have to catch 2 buses ibstead of safely getting home on one.

  4. Having read the revised route information there seems to be no mention of a bus route serving Black Haynes road, Swarthmore Road or Middle Park Road B29. Are we to lose our bus service?

  5. So in terms of easy access to QEHB for all, it is actually worse, substituting 98 (with numerous stops and running every 15 minutes in peak time) with X20 (with limited stops running every 20 minutes). Knowing how difficult is to get to QEHB, why you have decided to limit the number of buses and number of access points?

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