More new buses – 82 and 87 next for Platinum

It is fair to say that ‘Platinum upgrade’ is a bit of an outdated statement these days, since National Express Bus revealed that all new bus deliveries would now be to this specification, with part-leather seats, extra legroom, onboard visual/audio announcements and of course free Wi-Fi.

Following on from the introduction of new Platinum vehicles on to the 9 (Birmingham to Stourbridge), 50 (Birmingham to Druids Heath) and X70 (Birmingham to Chelmsley Wood) late last year and early this year, it has been revealed that another delivery of new Platinum-spec buses is shortly to begin into the West Midlands.

Though not yet publicly announced by the company, it has become common knowledge that services 82 (Birmingham to Bearwood) and 87 (Birmingham to Dudley) are to be the next beneficiaries from having brand new vehicles purchased for them.

Of course, the first two buses from this year’s delivery have already arrived at Yardley Wood garage, to ‘top-up’ their allocation of buses, as three of their Enviro200s are due to be repainted and sent up to Xplore Dundee.

NX Eniro200 MMC 2249 painted into Xplore Dundee livery (c) Tony Hunter 2019

But it remains to be seen where the remaining 47 new vehicles will be headed. Rumours I have heard suggest some will be going to Perry Barr garage for the 16 service (Birmingham to Hamstead).

But at this stage, rumours are all they are… more to follow!

UPDATE: Since writing this article, it has since been confirmed that the 82 and 87 are indeed receiving new Platinum buses, and the first few vehicles have been delivered, with some in service today.

NX 6970 with 82/87 branding (c) WM Buses In Photos

I also understand that it has been confirmed today that service 16 (Birmingham to Hamstead) will also be receiving new buses in the next few weeks.

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  1. I think its nice to have new buses on 82 and 87 much nicer travelling. People prefer using 87 as its nearer to walk to and more regular, many people also have to get a bus down to 87 or X7 to switch for Oldbury or Birmingham its easier switching for 87 than X7 and 87 stops at more stops, so X7 maybe quicker route and avoids Dudley Rd but 87 is more convenient and easier to connect with for those who dont live by High St, and people also get a bus down and go to trains for fastest route to Birmingham

  2. 16 looks like it could be more than rumours.
    One of the old 16 branded buses was on the 67 debranded the other day.

  3. Worth mentioning the Platinum X7 on the same Dudley Road corridor will be going as well.
    Maybe one of the reasons why this corridor was chosen.

    1. Kinda makes you wonder, what’s the point of having the X7 as it’s no faster than catching the 87! The roll out is already under way with the vehicles having branding aplied.

      1. The X7 is limited stop. By me it stops at the jobcentre then travels along Crocketts Lane,down the dual carriageway down Heath St and then stops on Dudley Rd. It misses a lot of stops out and takes a quicker route

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