Changes to services 42/43

From Sunday 19 August there were changes to the 42/43 services covering West Bromwich to Tipton and Bilston.

Diamond Bus and National Express have worked together with Transport for West Midlands to provide a new joint timetable on this route and will be carrying our new West Midlands Bus livery on both operators vehicles.

Buses will be up to every 7 minutes between West Bromiwch and Tipton (St.Marks Road) during Monday to Saturday daytimes. Diamond services have extended their services to 7 days a week and late evenings.

Both Diamond and National Express will now operate the same route including extending some of the 42 services to Dudley. Services to Bilston will be numbered 43, operating via Dudley Street and Black Country route and 43A operating via Loxdale Street and Oxford Street.

The new timetable sees a change in frequency at different times of the day for each operator, however in a new agreement both Diamond and National Express are accepting selected tickets on 42/43/43A services, so you can simply catch the first bus that comes along.

The best value on bus ticket available to buy is the Diamond Value Day ticket £2.80 (£1.50 child) which you can purchase on both Diamond and National Express and is valid on ANY 42/43/43A service.

Diamond is now also accepting and selling National Express daysavers and travelcards. National Express are also selling Diamond Value Day & Week tickets which are valid on all 42/43/43A services and other diamond value routes.

More ticket options are also available for the wider network, please visit or


Just travelling on the 42/43/43A?
Diamond Value Day & Week tickets will be available to purchase and use on both Diamond and National Express 42/43/43A services. This offers the lowest price tickets on these routes with day tickets from just £2.80 Adult & £1.50 Child.

Please Note Diamond Value Month tickets will not be available or valid on National Express 42/43/43A services. Diamond Value Day & Week tickets are not valid on other National Express services

Travelling on other Diamond Value services too?
If your travel plans also involve using other Diamond Value services, the Diamond Value Day & Week options still offers the best value for your journey as you can use these tickets on all 42/43/43A buses and other Diamond Value services too.

Travelling on other Diamond/National Express services in the West Midlands?
Diamond and National Express West Midlands tickets and passes are available and valid, they are accepted on 42/43/43A services and other Diamond/National Express services across our West Midlands network. However, these tickets are restricted to the specific operator.

How will I know what bus to catch?
All buses on this route will be painted in the same red “West Midlands Bus” Livery, so if you wish to use specific operator look out for their logo on the front or above the entrance door of the bus.

Need a Multi-Operator ticket?
nBus, nNetwork and Swift cards are accepted on all Diamond, National Express and other operators services and offer even more flexibility to travel across the public transport network 

Ticketing information: 
Diamond Value Ticket QR codes do not scan on NX buses, therefore your ticket will have to be shown to the driver when boarding a National Express bus.

NX smart cards will scan on Diamond 42/43/43A, providing they are loaded with a product which is valid on any 42/43/43A service.

Contactless Payment:
Contactless Payment is available on both operators along the route, however please be aware that National Express and Diamond operate different Contactless Payment policies.

On Diamond services when using Contactless to purchase day & week tickets you will be issued with a ticket that can be used across both operators 42/43/43A services (single tickets are only valid on a single journey and cannot be transferred).

If you use Contactless Payment on National Express you will not be issued a bus ticket and therefore can only use National Express services for the remainder of your travel.  

If you tap Contactless on both operators you will be charged twice.

Diamond Value Day & Week M-tickets are accepted on all 42/43/43A services, but do not scan on NX buses, therefore your M-ticket will have to be shown to the driver when boarding a National Express bus.

NX M-tickets are accepted on all 42/43/43A services, but do not scan on Diamond buses, therefore your M-ticket will have to be shown to the driver when boarding a Diamond bus.

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