Buses will run up to every 20 minutes
Buses will run up to every 30 minutes
The good bits:
+ Between Northfield and Maypole the route is not changing
+ New direct links to Weoley Castle, QE Hospital (on Metchley Lane) and Harborne
+ New 48 offers direct links from Turves Green and West Heath to University / QE Hospital; and from Hawkesley and Bournville to Harborne High Street
+ Buses run more often between Hawkesley and University / QE Hospital, up to every 30 minutes
The bad bits:
- There will be fewer buses running between Hawkesley and Northfield, running every 30 minutes instead of every 20 minutes
- Passengers currently travelling between Bournville and Turves Green / West Heath on the 27, will need to change onto the new 48 at Northfield, or in parts of Bournville; the new 48 will run direct through Cotteridge
The current 27 route will remain unchanged from Northfield through Bournville, Stirchley, Kings Heath, Yardley Wood and Warstock to Maypole.
The new 27 will extend from Northfield to Weoley Castle and Harborne. The route is the same as the current 29 and will run along Bell Hill, Shenley Lane, Gregory Avenue, Weoley Castle Road, Castle Square, Beckbury Road, Castle Road, Alwold Road, Barnes Hill, California Way, Northfield Road and Quinton Road. It will then run a loop via Metchley Lane, Harborne High Street, Vivian Road and Harborne Park Road to Quinton Road, returning to Northfield along the reverse route.
Hawkesley and West Heath will be linked with Northfield by changes to the 48, which will offer new direct links to Cotteridge, Bournville, Selly Oak and QE Hospital / University.
The 27 will serve QE Hospital and the University of Birmingham using stops on Metchley Lane. The 48 will use stops within the hospital main entrance, as well as stops on Vincent Drive, located a short walk away near University train station.