West Dudley and South Wolverhampton service changes from 26th January 2020

Changes to bus services in West Dudley and South Wolverhampton from 26th January 2020.

Following a recent consultation on possible changes to bus services in West Dudley, Wolverhampton and Staffordshire, the following changes will take place from 26th January 2020. 

We have carefully reviewed feedback and taken into account the comments received throughout the consultation process to shape the new network for this area. 

In direct response to feedback, we have changed our original proposals to include the following:

Direct buses will still run between Wombourne and Merry Hill. The frequency of direct buses will be improved to every 20 minutes.

Himley will continue to be served by the revised 15. Buses will run every 20 minutes to Wolverhampton and Merry Hill (also serving Wombourne, Wall Heath and Kingswinford).

Gornal and Stickley will still be linked directly to Stourbridge on the 17 and new 17A.

Gornal and Stickley will still be linked to Dudley along the current route of the 17 (through Milking Bank).

https://nxbus.co.uk/west-midlands/information/service-changes/west-dudley-and-south-wolverhampton-service-changes-from-26th-january-2020

Further information and timetables can be found below or click here for a downloadable booklet.


4 – i54 – Wolverhampton

  • The 4 will still run every 15 minutes between i54 and Wolverhampton city centre. Combined with the 3, buses will continue to run up to every 7 minutes along Stafford Road.
  • Between Wolverhampton and Spring Hill, the 4 will be replaced by the 15.
  • The new 15 will start in Wolverhampton (at the bus station) and continue beyond Spring Hill to Wombourne, Kingswinford and Merry Hill.
  • Buses on the 4 will no longer run across Wolverhampton city centre. The 4 will instead operate a loop of the city centre, along Stafford Street, Lichfield Street, Victoria Street, Cleveland Street, Garrick Street and Market Street. Passengers towards Pendeford will still be able to board buses at Cleveland Street, Market Street Lichfield Street (Grand Theatre) and Stafford Street.
  • The 3 will still run across the city centre and continue to link Stafford Road with Chapel Ash and Merridale Road.

5 – Dudley – Kingswinford

  • The 5 will still run every hour between Dudley and Kingswinford. Some peak journeys will extend to Wall Heath.
  • Between Stourbridge and Kingswinford, the 5 will be replaced by the new 17, which will continue beyond Kingswinford to Wall Heath, Gornal and Dudley.

8 – Wolverhampton to Wollaston Farm

  • The 8 will continue to run between Wollaston Farm, Stourbridge, Merry Hill and Dudley, up to every 20 minutes.
  • Beyond Dudley, the 8 will extend to Roseville and Wolverhampton along Birmingham New Road, combining with the X8 to provide a bus up to every 10 minutes between Dudley and Wolverhampton.
  • In Wren’s Nest, the 8 will be replaced by the 27/27A and 81. The 82 will be unchanged and still serve Wren’s Nest.
  • The 27/27A and 81 will combine to run every 15 minutes between Dudley and Wren’s Nest. Buses will run along Priory Road, Hazel Road, Laurel Road, Summer Road, Wren’s Nest Road, Old Park Road and Burton Road. 
  • The 27/27A will continue along Jews Lane towards Gornal. The 81 will continue along Eve Lane and Parkes Hall Road towards Roseville.
  • Old Park Road, Burton Road and Eve Lane will now be served in both directions rather than on a one way loop.

This means

  • New direct links between Wollaston Farm, Stourbridge and Merry Hill to Birmingham New Road, Roseville and Wolverhampton – every 20 minutes.

X8 – Wolverhampton – Birmingham

  • The route of the X8 will not change. Buses will still run between Wolverhampton, Dudley and Birmingham up to every 20 minutes.
  • Between Wolverhampton and Dudley, some journeys will run as service 8. The 8 will continue beyond Dudley to Merry Hill, Stourbridge and Wollaston Farm.
  • Between the 8 & X8, buses will run up to every 10 minutes between Wolverhampton and Dudley, along Birmingham New Road.

This means

  • New links from Wolverhampton, Birmingham New Road & Roseville to Merry Hill & Stourbridge.

11 & 11A – Walsall – Merry Hill

  • The 11 & 11A will extend from Dudley to Merry Hill up to every 30 minutes, replacing the 81 on this section.
  • Buses will still run between Walsall and Dudley up to every 10 minutes.
  • New links from Wednesbury and Princes End to Merry Hill – up to every 30 minutes.

15 – Merry Hill – Wolverhampton

  • The 15 will run up to every 20 minutes between Merry Hill, Bromley, Kingswinford, Wall Heath, Himley, Wombourne, Spring Hill and Wolverhampton.
  • The 15 will no longer run along Penn Road. Between Spring Hill and Wolverhampton, buses will run along the current route of the 4, along Warstones Road and Trysull Road.
  • Along Penn Road, the 16 will run more frequently to replace the 15.
  • The 15 will be changed to run through Himley. Swindon and Hinksford will be covered by the revised 16.
  • Buses will run more frequently between Wolverhampton, Wombourne, Wall Heath and Kingswinford. The 15 and 16 combined will run up to every 10 minutes.

This means

  • More buses between Wolverhampton, Wombourne, Wall Heath and Kingswinford – now up to every 10 minutes.
  • Direct service retained between Wombourne and Merry Hill & now more buses.
  • Himley will still be served. Buses will run every 20 minutes to Wolverhampton and Merry Hill.

16 – Stourbridge – Wolverhampton

  • The 16 will run more often – up to every 20 minutes.
  • Buses will run more frequently between Wolverhampton, Wombourne, Wall Heath and Kingswinford. The 15 and 16 combined will run up to every 10 minutes.
  • The 16 will be changed to serve Swindon and Hinksford instead of Himley. Himley will still be served, but by the revised 15.

This means

  • More buses between Wolverhampton, Wombourne, Wall Heath and Kingswinford – now up to every 10 minutes.
  • Himley will still be served on service 15 – buses every 20 minutes to Wolverhampton and Merry Hill.
  • Better frequency through Swindon – buses every 20 minutes.

17 – Stourbridge – Dudley

  • The 17 will continue to run between Stourbridge, Kingswinford, Wall Heath, Gornal, Stickley, Milking Bank and Dudley. 
  • Between Stourbridge and Kingswinford, the route will change. Buses will run through Lawnswood – along Cot Lane, Lawnswood Avenue and Balmoral Road. This will replace the current 5 between Kingswinford and Stourbridge.
  • At peak times, direct journeys will run along Stream Road and through Wordsley (High Street). These will be numbered 17A.
  • Buses will run up to every 30 minutes between Dudley, Gornal and Kingswinford. At busy times, buses will continue to Stourbridge every 30 minutes. At quieter times, buses will continue to Stourbridge every 60 minutes. 

This means

  • Direct link between Stickley, Gornal and Stourbridge retained. Buses will run every 30 minutes at busy times & every hour at quieter times.
  • Buses will still run every 30 minutes between Gornal, Stickley, Milking Bank and Dudley with no change to the route on this section.

17A – Stourbridge – Dudley

  • The current 17A between Stourbridge and Wall Heath will be changed to service number 57 and run to a different timetable. This is because changes to the main 17 service to Dudley will mean that a 17A variant of the route will be introduced.

27 & 27A – Wolverhampton – Dudley

  • The route of the 27 & 27A will change between Gornal and Dudley. All buses will run along Jews Lane, then Burton Road, Old Park Road, Wrens Nest Road, Laurel Road, Hazel Road and Priory Road to and from Dudley bus station. 
  • Between Dudley and Wrens Nest, the 27/27A will combine with the 81 to operate every 15 minutes. All buses will run along Old Park Road in both directions. 
  • Between Wolverhampton and Gornal, the route of the 27 & 27A will not change.

This means 

  • More buses between Dudley and Wrens Nest. 27/27A, 81 & 82 will provide up to 7 buses every hour.
  • Old Park Road will be served in both directions & now more buses.

81 – Wolverhampton – Dudley

  • The route of the 81 will change between Roseville and Dudley. Buses will run along Vicarage Road West, Sedgley Road, Wren’s Nest Road, Parkes Hall Road, Eve Lane, Burton Road, Old Park Road, Wren’s Nest Road, Laurel Road, Hazel Road and Priory Road to and from Dudley bus station. 
  • Between Dudley and Wren’s Nest, the 81 will combine with the 27/27A to operate every 15 minutes. All buses will run along Old Park Road in both directions. The 82 will remain unchanged.
  • Between Dudley and Merry Hill, the 81 will be replaced by the 11& 11A, which will continue beyond Dudley to and from Walsall.
  • Passengers on the 81 from Merry Hill travelling beyond Dudley, to Priory Road, Birmingham New Road and Roseville, will be able to use the new 8, which will run every 20 minutes between Merry Hill, Dudley and Wolverhampton.

This means

  • More buses between Dudley and Wrens Nest. 27/27A, 81 & 82 will provide up to 7 buses every hour.
  • Old Park Road will be served in both directions & now more buses.
  • More buses between Merry Hill, Dudley and Roseville on the new 8.

Have a few questions about the changes? 

Come and talk to us! We will be at Dudley and Stourbridge bus station on selected dates to answer questions and provide more information.

Click here for more details.


Link to full article at the NX West Midlands website.


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