Take the platinum lane into Birmingham
A new bus priority lane, to tackle congestion on the approach into Birmingham city centre is now open along the Harborne Road.
We're delivering the scheme in partnership with Birmingham City Council, following a public consultation earlier in the year where 77% of people supported the plans. The bus lane is part of our commitment to reducing congestion and improving the reliability of journey times on public transport and more schemes are planned between 2018-2021.
The bus lane will be in operation from 7am to 10am, Monday to Saturday, stretching between Kinsgcote Road and Highfield Road, towards Birmingham, before connecting into the existing bus lane on the approach to Five Ways.
Once on board you’ll enjoy a more modern bus journey, as buses on the 23/24 National Express route have recently undergone a £10 million transformation The new buses include comfier seating, extra legroom, free WIFI and USB charging points.
Not only is the service more comfortable, it’s also more frequent, arriving up to every 8 minutes during peak times.
Transport for West Midlands has also been working with bus operators across the region on a real-time information pilot which will be launched on the 23/24 route later this year.
You’ll soon be able to check what time your bus will arrive based on real-time traffic flow information. You’ll also be able to check when you’ll reach your destination, giving you complete control over your journey.
If the pilot is successful it could be rolled out across the whole of the West Midlands. Check back soon for updates!