Bus network review launched for North Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield

Centro Press Release: Monday, 5th November 2012

Bus network review launched for North Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield
Bus users in north Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield are being urged to make their voices heard in a major review of services.

Centro, the region’s transport authority is working with Birmingham City Council, Sandwell Council, Walsall Council and bus operators to scrutinise the network and see what can be done to improve services for existing and prospective passengers.

The review is being led by Centro, the region’s transport authority and will cover all buses that go to and between Sutton Coldfield, Erdington, Roughley, Mere Green, Castle Vale, Ladywood, Kingstanding, Pheasey, Great Barr, Perry Barr, Handsworth and Aston.

The aim is to build on the already strong transport network to provide routes that better serve modern travel patterns while also bringing improved buses, waiting facilities and information.

Centro chairman Cllr John McNicholas said: “We want to know what people think of their bus service and whether it is providing what they actually want. “By conducting a network review we can ensure buses best serve places such as businesses, health, leisure, education facilities and shops.”

A series of public exhibitions will be held throughout November where people can speak to Centro, bus operators and Birmingham City Council staff to give their views, as follows:

  • Monday 12th November, 11am to 3pm – Exhibition at Collingwood Centre, Collingwood Drive, Pheasey.
  • Tuesday 13th, November, 10am to 2pm – Exhibition at St Paul’s Community Centre, Walsall Road, Great Barr.
  • Wednesday 14th November, 11am to 3pm – Exhibition at Sainsbury’s main entrance, Mere Green.
  • Thursday 15th November, 1pm to 3pm – Network West Midlands exhibition bus, Erdington High Street.
  • Saturday 17th November, 9.30am to 3pm – Network Exhibition Bus on The Parade, Sutton Coldfield.
  • Monday 19th November, 9.30am to 12.30pm – Exhibition at Tesco main entrance, Little Aston.
  • Monday 19th November, 2pm to 5pm – Network West Midlands marquee outside Morrison’s, Soho Road, Handsworth.
  • Tuesday 20th November, 12pm to 4pm – Network West Midlands marquee outside Sainsbury’s, Castle Vale.
  • Wednesday 21st November, 11am to 3pm – Network West Midlands exhibition bus on Mecca Bingo car park, Kingstanding Circle.
  • Thursday 22nd November, 1pm to 5pm – Exhibition at One Stop Shopping Centre, Perry Barr.

Views can also be expressed online at www.networkwestmidlands.com/busreview , www.facebook.com/networkwestmidlands and www.twitter.com/networkwm

They can be sent by post to Customer Relations, Centro House, 16 Summer Lane, Birmingham, B16 3SD.

Users can also leave their contact details with Centro at this address and updates will be provided.

All comments and views must be received by Centro by November 30.

The review is the latest in a number that have taken place across the West Midlands including Wolverhampton and west Walsall, Coventry, Dudley, south Solihull, south Birmingham, north Walsall and west Birmingham.

They have produced a string of benefits for passengers including:

  • New and improved bus shelters with up-to-date information at every stop
  • Improved links to key shopping destinations
  • New services on roads that have never had a bus before or have had their bus withdrawn
  • More buses with turn up and go timetables on main roads
  • New and refurbished vehicles
  • Highways improvements to help buses beat the traffic
  • More electronic bus stop displays and Real Time information
  • Customer care training for drivers
  • Enhanced safety and security measures both at stops and on the bus

Cllr McNicholas said: “Key in all this is the contribution of the public. I would urge all bus users in north Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield to take part in the review consultation and tell us what they think.”

Published 5th November 2012