Following the welcome news of the extension of the National Express West Midlands service 10A to Lichfield coming late this July (But just in time for the school holidays) there was some concern expressed locally about the continued route, timings and provision of the sister 10 service in Brownhills.
Yesterday, National Express West Midlands issued the following press release and accompanying timetable. The press releasee is below.
You can download a PDF copy of the new timetable by clicking here or use the gallery at the foot of this post – click on any image to see a larger version.
New services to Lichfield coming 22nd July
We’re very excited to announce that from Sunday 22nd July, we are making changes to the current 10 and 10A services operating between Walsall and Brownhills.
Buses will now run to Lichfield, 7 days a week, from Walsall, Rushall, Shelfield, Brownhills, Chasetown and Burntwood. These services will run every 30 minutes Monday-Saturday, and every 60 minutes on Sundays. Crucially, this means that a Sunday service is returning to Lichfield, following the complete withdrawal of all buses there in April this year.
Changes to service 10:
From 22nd July, service 10 will run between Walsall, Streets Corner and Brownhills ONLY.
In Brownhills, buses will operate along the one-way loop currently served by the 10A from the Tin Man island, along Chester Road (A452) to The Rising Sun, A5 (Watling Street), Chase Road and Lichfield Road.
Changes to service 10A:
The 10A will still serve Coppice Road in Walsall Wood, but from Brownhills, it will run along Lichfield Road, Chase Road, Ogley Hay Road, Highfields Road, Chasetown Clock, High Street, Milestone Way, Bridge Cross Road, Springhill Road, Chase Road, Burntwood (Swan), Lichfield Road, Walsall Road, The Friary, St. John Street and Birmingham Road, terminating at Lichfield Bus Station.
Buses will continue to run up to every 10 minutes between Walsall and Brownhills.
Please note that Rising Sun will now be served by the 10, and not the 10A. Chasetown and Burntwood will be served by the 10A.
My thanks to Simon Swain, Councillor Steve Wade and others who fought hard for this change and to Luke Gottard for the tipoff of the press release.
As I said a couple of days ago: This has the potential to be a great service – use it or lose it, folks.
If you have any observations, please do comment here or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Thanks.