Excellent news from Councillor Steve Wade on the future of the 56 bus service from Brownhills to Birmingham following his meeting with Travel West Midlands last Thursday.
TWM will be modifying the 936 service to cover the loss of the 56, which I think given the intractable position of Diamond on the matter is the best we can hope for.
As soon as I can find an official timetable, I’ll post it up.
I thank Steve for his hard work on the matter, and for all the hard work he does for Brownhills – on so many issues locally. Steve is the only one of the local Councillors to get involved or make public comment… and for that, I’d like to thank him publicly.
Steve posted on Facebook yesterday:
56 bus route update: Just received the following e-mail from National Express regarding the 56 route from Brownhills. They have confirmed that they will be taking over the whole route, so our school children, workers and elderly who use this service can continue to do so. Like to thank everyone who’s been involved with helping to keep this route for our residents. Unfortunately, there’s always losers and those residents on Lichfield and Ogley Road will now have to catch the new service on Brownhills High Street. Those residents who have bought travel cards for Diamond can get a refund, Diamond confirmed this at our meeting. Thanks, Steve.
National Express West Midlands are pleased to advise that we will be amending our 934 – 936 group of bus services to provide a direct replacement for Diamond’s withdrawn 56 from 25th October. New service 937 will be introduced from this date, which will operate to the same line of route as the 56 between Brownhills West (Rising Sun) and Birmingham City Centre. The current 936 will be changed to operate during peak periods only, and will now operate to Brownhills West (rather than Ogley Hay) following consultation.
A copy of the new timetable is attached to this email.
– The 937 will operate every 20 minutes during peak periods and every 30 minutes during Monday to Saturday daytimes.
– Buses on the 937 will operate along Erdington Road (directly past St. Francis of Assisi School) and along Aldridge Road in Streetly.
– Between the 936 and 937, buses will run up to every 10 minutes during weekday peak periods between Brownhills, Shire Oak and Aldridge – and then onwards to Birmingham.
– Earlier weekday morning journeys will now operate.
– The 937 will be operated with our new ‘Platinum’ double deck vehicles – which are fitted with high back seating, free wifi, next stop passenger announcements and extra legroom.
– Evening and Sunday journeys on service 935A will be renumbered 937A to simplify the numbering series for passengers in Brownhills and Aldridge. Buses between Brownhills, Aldridge and Birmingham will now be numbered 936, 937 and 937A (evening and Sunday journeys additionally operate via Hundred Acre Road and George Frederick Road).
Our usual range of Travelcards will be valid for travel on service 937: Diamond only tickets will not be valid, and passengers are advised to contact Diamond Bus directly to obtain a refund if they have purchased season tickets valid for travel only on their services.