Better bus links launched between city centre and Willenhall

Faster and more convenient bus services between Wolverhampton and Willenhall were officially launched today (Monday January 27) as part of a package of route and timetable improvements.

Transport authority Centro, working in partnership with National Express West Midlands and other bus companies, has overhauled the local network to improve the co-ordination of services for passengers.

Some of the changes, including faster services to New Cross Hospital, are a direct result of requests and feedback from local people.

The new-look network was launched at New Invention by Cllr Judith Rowley, Centro’s lead member for fair, accessible and sustainable transport, Walsall councillor Ian Shires and Toni Tipper, Wolverhampton acting general manager at National Express West Midlands.  

Cllr Rowley said: "The changes reflect much of what passengers asked for and I believe they will bring significant benefits for many people.

"The new network will provide faster and more reliable journey times and improve connections between the main destinations."

The improvements include:

  • A more direct route for both the 28 and 69 between New Invention, New Cross Hospital and Wolverhampton.
  • Timetable changes to the 41 to improve reliability and to provide a 15 minute evenly spaced timetable with service 28 between New Invention and Willenhall
  • A new evening and Sunday service for Allens Rough on service 41, following the route of the daytime service
  • Faster journey times for the 69 with an extended route to serve more of Wolverhampton city centre
  • Co-ordination of the 69 and 89 services to provide a 15 minute frequency between Wolverhampton, Wednesfield and New Invention

Cllr Shires said: "I’m pleased that Centro and National Express have taken on board the feedback and suggestions that I and local passengers put forward following the original overhaul of the network two years ago.

"The bus changes will greatly improve New Invention’s connectivity and compliment the new mini park and ride facility built by Walsall Council behind the shopping square. It should all help to attract more people to New Invention which, of course, is good news for traders."

Ms Tipper added: "We have worked hard with our partners Centro to ensure the improvements our customers want are made. Residents in Walsall, Willenhall and Wolverhampton will have more reliable and direct services."

Full details of the changes are available on our service changes page and on the Network West Midlands website

Pictured: Toni Tipper Wolverhampton acting general manager at National Express West Midlands, Cllr Ian Shires, Cllr Judith Rowley.

Published 27th January 2014