Changes to some bus services in Solihull

From Sunday 24 February 2019

The following bus services will change S1, S2, S3/S3W, S10, S11, S15, 69, 82, 87 and 88. Scroll down and click on your existing services to find out about more about what is changing.

Some areas are covered by more than one bus service. These are detailed in the Solihull bus changes leaflet.

Customers will benefit from new Euro 6 buses. These low floor, low emission buses will run on most of the new bus routes from 24 February.

 

Background

Transport for West Midlands, part of the West Midlands Combined Authority has made changes to the tendered (paid for) bus services in Solihull.

In autumn 2018, we set out our proposals for a new tendered bus network in Solihull. This followed requests from Councillors, customers and groups. We asked for your views on the routes we were planning on making changes to.

We have listened to your views and have made some changes to the tendered bus network to improve reliability, punctuality and to increase the overall number of passengers travelling. Some areas will benefit from a new bus service.

 

Bus Service Changes

S1

S1 will be renumbered A1.

A1 – Solihull to Damsonwood Circular

A1 will operate hourly - Monday to Saturday

Operator: Diamond

S2

The S2 route will be split into the A6, A7 and A8 services below. The new services will cover the same stops*.

 

A6 – Solihull to Cheswick Green

A6 will operate hourly – Monday to Saturday

 

A7/A7W - Solihull - Widney Manor – Dorridge – Hockley Heath – Blythe Valley – Cheswick Green – Solihull (circular route - clockwise) (See A8/A8W for anti-clockwise).

A7 or A7W will operate hourly – Monday to Saturday

A7W will serve the above route via Widney Manor Road from 07:00 to 09:00 and from 15:00 to last buses at 20:30 and 22:00.(Times are when buses leave Solihull Monday to Saturday).

A7 will serve the above route via Alderminster Road (part of Widney Manor Road* not served) from 10:00 to 14:00. (Times are when buses leave Solihull Monday to Saturday. Journey to Alderminster Road takes approximately 12 minutes).

 

(Sundays) A7 Dorridge – Hockley Heath – Blythe Valley – Cheswick Green – Solihull (clockwise).

A7 will operate the above route hourly - Sundays

 

A8/A8W Solihull – Cheswick Green – Blythe Valley – Hockley Heath – Dorridge – Widney Manor – Solihull (circular route – anti-clockwise) (See A7/A7W for clockwise)

A8W will serve the above route via Widney Manor Road from 06:30to 08:30 and from 15:30 to last bus at 22:00 (Times are when buses leave Solihull Monday to Saturday)

A8 will serve the above route via Alderminster Road (part of Widney Manor Road* not served) from 08:30 to 13:30 (Times are when buses leave Solihull Monday to Saturday. Journey to Alderminster Road will take approximately 1 hour 13 minutes)

 

(Sundays) A8 Solihull – Cheswick Green – Blythe Valley - Hockley Heath – Dorridge (anti-clockwise).

A8 will operate the above route hourly - Sundays

Operator for A6, A7/A7W and A8/8W: Landflight

Dorridge will also be served by A3. See S3 changes for information.

 

S3/S3W

The S3 and S3W routes will be split into the A3, A4 and A5 below. The new services below will cover the same stops.

 

A3 - Solihull to Dorridge via Knowle

A3 operates hourly - Monday to Saturday

 

A4 Inkford Brook (Wythall) to Solihull via Dickens Heath

A4 operates hourly - Monday to Saturday

Combined with A5 gives half hourly service between Dickens Heath to Solihull - Monday to Saturday.

 

A5 Dickens Heath to Solihull

A5 operates hourly - Monday to Sunday.

Combined with A4 gives half hourly service from Dickens Heath to Solihull - Monday to Saturday.

Operator for A3, A4 and A5:  Landflight

 

Hockley Heath to Solihull will be served by A7/A8. See S2 changes for information.

S10

A10 - Solihull to Cranes Park via Sheldon

Renumbered A10. No change to route or timetable.

Operator: Landflight

S11

A2 - Solihull circular via Buryfield Road and Bryanston Road

Renumbered A2. Similar route to existing S11 but will use School Lane and Grove Road instead of Lode Lane for part of the route. Extended hours of operation.

A2 operates hourly – Monday to Saturday

Operator: Diamond

S15

69 – Solihull to Brandwood Park

S15 withdrawn by commercial operator.  S15 partly replaced by a rerouted 69. The hourly 69 route will be extended from Shirley to Solihull along the existing S15 route.

Sainsbury’s will still be served.

Solihull rail station will not be served.

Operator: Igo

82

82 - Solihull to Coventry via Meriden

Minor timetable change. No change to route or number.

Operator: Johnsons

87

87 - Solihull to Coventry via Knowle and Jaguar Land Rover

87 will follow its current route from Solihull to Fen End Road junction via Knowle and will then serve Fen End Road and Holly Lane into the Jaguar Land Rover site before re-joining its current route to Coventry. Balsall Street and Alder Lane (part) will be served by 88A.

Operator: Johnsons

88

88 - Solihull to Balsall Common via Knowle, Jaguar Land Rover and Chadwick End
88A – Solihull to Balsall Common via Knowle and Balsall Common

Split into two routes – 88 and 88A. Both the 88 and 88A will operate every 2 hours to Hallmeadow Road in Balsall Common making a combined hourly route between Solihull and Knowle.

88 will follow its current route between Solihull and Oldwich Lane East. From Oldwich Lane East it will go into the Jaguar Land Rover site before re-joining its existing route at Oldwich Lane East up to Balsall Common. The route is then extended to Hallmeadow Road to serve Balsall Common Health Centre and Berkswell rail station.

88A will follow the current 88 route to Knowle and will then follow the current 87 route to Balsall Common serving Balsall Street and Alder Lane (part). The service will also be extended to Hallmeadow Road to serve Balsall Common Health Centre and Berkswell rail station.

Operator: Johnsons

 

Exhibitions

You can find out more by visiting us at one of our exhibitions detailed below.

Date

Time     

Location

 

 

 

Thursday 28 February 2019

9:00 to 13:30

Exhibition bus at Mell Square, by Marks & Spencer, Solihull town centre

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