£5million investment into Sutton bus travel announced

45,000 households to receive half price bus travel to see improvements made by new buses

National Express West Midlands has today announced around £5million of investment into bus travel between Sutton and Birmingham. The investment which is part of the company’s Partnership Plus agreement with Centro will boost transport in the region.

Passengers in Sutton and Birmingham are to benefit from a fleet of 26 brand new buses.  The fleet of more environmentally friendly, British made double decks are part of a raft of improvements National Express West Midlands and Centro are bringing to the region’s bus network over the next two years.

The new buses will be in used on the main routes between Birmingham and Sutton 902, 904 and 905.  The routes serve Hill Hook, Falcon Lodge and Roughley respectively and 45,000 residents in these areas will receive half price day travel so they can trial the new buses to see the difference the improvements have made.

Peter Coates, Managing Director of National Express West Midlands said: "These new vehicles are equipped with the latest technology.  We have greener low emission engines, GPS tracking to provide real time information on their arrival time to customers, and state of the art CCTV.  We are giving 45,000 people in the area the chance to try these new buses for half price.  We urge them to make the most of this offer and see the difference this investment has made."

"The new vehicles are a big investment into Sutton and Birmingham's bus network and we hope that our customers will be as proud of them as we are."

Cllr John McNicholas, the chairman of Centro, said: "Partnership Plus is delivering real benefits to bus passengers of which this superb new fleet of vehicles is just the latest example.

"I am delighted to see them come into service and it sends a clear signal that our partnership with National Express West Midlands is delivering a world-class standard bus network."

Partnership Plus will see major investment in the bus network by National Express and Centro over the next three years.

Across the region, the partnership will deliver:

  • 300 new buses including 15 environmentally friendly hybrids
  • Ten new gold bus corridors, benefitting from new buses, real time information and increased bus priority
  • 350 new bus shelters
  • Swift smartcard
  • Expansion of the successful on-bus cleaning scheme
  • More bus priority to make journeys across the region quicker
  • More ‘talking buses’ featuring audio visual equipment informing passengers of their next stop

Published 14th January 2014