Thank you to everybody who contributed towards our recent consultation on proposed changes to bus services in and around West Bromwich. We have made some changes to our original proposals based upon the comments received and changes to services will take place from Sunday 23rd April 2017.
The planned Highways England roadworks on the M5 from April 2017 are expected to cause additional congestion and delays to traffic in Sandwell. We have made changes to the local bus network and have invested additional buses in some routes to make sure that your services run as reliably as possible whilst these roadworks are taking place.
48 & 48A: West Bromwich to Bearwood and Northfield
- New service 48A will run between West Bromwich and Bearwood, replacing part of the 50A and 50C.
- The 48A will serve St. Paul’s Road, Holly Lane, Salop Road, Bristnall Hall Road, George Road, Abbey Road, Three Shires Oak Road and Bearwood Road.
- More buses will run between West Bromwich and Bearwood. Buses on the 48 & 48A will now run every 15 minutes.
- The 48 will continue to extend to Harborne, Q.E. Hospital and Northfield every 30 minutes.
50A & 50C: West Bromwich to Bearwood
- The 50A & 50C will be withdrawn and replaced as below.
- New service 48A will replace the 50A & 50C between Bearwood, Bristnall Fields (Salop Road & Bristnall Hall Road) and West Bromwich.
- The 89 will be changed to replace the 50A & 50C between Londonderry and West Bromwich and between Rolfe Street, Brasshouse Lane, Dartmouth Road, Kenrick Park and West Bromwich.
- New service 80A will replace the 50A & 50C between Cape Hill, Windmill Lane, Price Street, Crockett’s Lane and West Bromwich.
- Along Bearwood Road, the 82 will continue to operate every 10 minutes. Connections can be made at Cape Hill to the 80 & 80A for onward travel to West Bromwich or to the 80, 80A or 87 for travel to Smethwick.
80 & 80A: Birmingham to West Bromwich
- New service 80A will be introduced to replace the 83.
- The 80A will run to the same route as the 80 between Birmingham and Cape Hill (via Five Ways, Icknield Port Road, City Road, Portland Road and Shireland Road). From Cape Hill, the 80A will serve Windmill Lane, Price Street, Crockett’s Lane, Smethwick High Street, Oldbury Road, and then continue to West Bromwich along the 80 route.
- The route of the 80 will be slightly changed to include Devonshire Road.
- The frequency of buses between the 80 and 80A will be increased to every 10 minutes.
83: Birmingham to West Bromwich
- The 83 will be withdrawn and mostly replaced by new service 80A, running between Birmingham, Five Ways, Cape Hill, Smethwick and West Bromwich.
- The 80A will run every 20 minutes, meaning more buses for customers between Windmill Lane and Birmingham.
- Between Kenrick Park and West Bromwich, service 89 will provide a replacement.
- Devonshire Road will be covered by a change to service 80.
89: Birmingham to West Bromwich
- The 89 will now run to West Bromwich rather than to Oldbury or Blackheath.
- The route between Birmingham and Smethwick (Stony Lane) will remain unchanged. From Stony Lane, the 89 will serve Rolfe Street, Brasshouse Lane, Dartmouth Road, Kenrick Park and West Bromwich.
- New service 120A will replace the 89 between Oldbury and Blackheath.
- Customers travelling between Oldbury and Smethwick can continue to use service 87. Customers travelling between Oldbury or Birmingham and Rood End can use services 120, 120A or 128.
120 & 120A: Birmingham to Dudley or Blackheath
- Buses will continue to run every 10 minutes between Birmingham and Oldbury.
- Between Birmingham and Oldbury, the frequency of buses on Sunday daytimes will be increased to every 20 minutes.
- New service 120A will replace the 89 between Blackheath, Lion Farm and Oldbury. The 120A will run to the same route as the current 89 between Blackheath and Oldbury and then continue through to Birmingham along the current 120 route.
- The 120 will continue to run between Birmingham, Oldbury and Dudley every 20 minutes.
- The frequency of buses between Blackheath, Lion Farm, Oldbury and Birmingham will be increased from every 30 minutes to every 20 minutes on the new 120A. Journey times to Birmingham for these customers will be reduced as the 120A takes a more direct route to Birmingham than the 89.