March 2019 service changes

From Sunday 17th March 2019

Service 30 (Solihull to Acocks Green)

This service will be withdrawn by Diamond and replaced with new service A12.

Service A12 (Solihull to Acocks Green)

NEW service to be operated by IGO, directly replacing the withdrawn service 30.

Frequency reduced to hourly, with a minor route change in Olton, journeys towards Solihull only will serve Lyndon Road, journeys towards Acocks Green will continue along Richmond Road.

Timetable now available to view at Network West Midlands website.

From Sunday 24th March 2019

Service 1 (Acocks Green to Five Ways)
Service 1A (Acocks Green to QE Hospital)

Timetable changes, and minor route changes.

Services 1 and 1A will no longer serve the Shirley Road / Dolphin Lane / Olton Boulevard East loop, and will instead operate along Olton Boulevard East and Shirley Road to and from the Acocks Green village terminus. Summer Road and Westley Road will no longer be served.

In the evenings, service 1A journeys to QE Hospital will run non-stop to Five Ways and return to Acocks Green as service 1.

Service 2 (Wolverhampton to Bushbury)

New service introduced by Travel Express (Lets Go), every 20 mins Monday to Saturday daytimes.

Service 4 (Birmingham to Solihull)
Service 4A (Birmingham to Gospel Oak)

Timetable changes. Service 4A frequency reduced to every 15mins during daytimes, with more buses running as service 4 to improve frequency between Acocks Green, Olton and Solihull.

Service 11 (Walsall to Dudley)

Minor timetable amendments.

Service 23 (Birmingham to Newman University)

Service is extended to Bartley Green via Cromwell Lane and Moors Lane, returning via Genners Lane.

Service 31 (Solihull to Acocks Green)

Extended from Solihull train station to terminate in Solihull town centre. Also a minor route alteration in Acocks Green. Service 31 will operate a one-way loop, from Olton Boulevard East, along Fox Hollies Road, Westley Road and Shirley Road, in order to serve the area by Lidl and Spring Road station.

Services 45 & 47 (Birmingham to Longbridge)

Both services extended in Longbridge to terminate on Bristol Road South for better connections with other services. Journeys to Birmingham will continue to start opposite Bournville College on Longbridge Lane.

Service 58 (Solihull to Yardley Swan Island)

The boarding stop for this service in Solihull town centre will change to Stop SD on Poplar Road.

Service 61 (Birmingham to Frankley)

Service 61 is extended in Frankley from Holly Hill Road to serve New Street, Boleyn Road and Ormond Road, before terminating at Arden Road to provide a faster route to Northfield.

Service 96 (Hall Green to Sheldon)

This service will be withdrawn, with no replacement, presumably due to low usage.

Service X20 (Birmingham to Cofton Hackett)
Service X21 (Birmingham to Woodcock Hill)

Services X20 and X21 will now call at the Gibbons Road stops on Harborne Lane to serve the new Selly Oak Retail Park

Timetables and further details can be found at the National Express West Midlands and Network West Midlands websites.

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  1. Thanks for the updates, Stu.
    I will now have to consider other transport options for the days I normally used the buses due to the more restrictive timetables that are now in operation. As an example, I used the no. 30 at 07.13, Gunns Way to get to Solihull, in good time for the S2 departures to Bentley Heath at 07.37 or 08.07. Now the earliest A12 IGO bus travels past Gunns Way at 07.47 which means that I will miss the 8.00 A7 TO Bentley Heath, with the next bus being on the hour, just every hour. Not good if you have to be in Bentley Heath for c.08.30! I suppose I could walk down to Olton Station and catch the no. 4 into Solihull but that involves more of a walk.These changes are not helpful to those who need to use peak time services; the day tickets now cost more but the services are not delivering the timetables we need.
    It’s either the train or, with some reluctance the car, which is not great in the peak time school traffic.



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