Buses will run up to every 10 minutes
Buses will run up to every 20 minutes
The good bits:
+ Buses will run more often along the 61 route
+ Holly Hill Road and Frogmill Road will now be served by the 61
+ In combination, routes 61 / 63 will run more often between Northfield and Birmingham
+ More buses will run through Selly Oak in the evenings and on Sundays
+ Bristol Road South has a new limited stop service to QE Hospital / University and Birmingham city centre (X20)
+ New Platinum buses on X20 route, offering premium comfort with extra legroom, wifi and USB points
The bad bits:
- Platinum buses will no longer serve the 61 route
The X61 will be replaced by the new 61 service. This will run from the Arden Road terminus in Frankley, along New Street, Holly Hill Road, Frogmill Road, Tessall Lane and Frankley Beeches Road to Bristol Road South. It will then run along the same route as the 63 to Birmingham city centre.
The 61 will run more often during the day than the current X61 service, and between Northfield and Birmingham the new 61 will run alongside the 63. This means buses will run more often between Northfield, Selly Oak and Birmingham.
A new limited stop service, the X20, will run from Cofton Hackett and Rednal along Bristol Road to QE Hospital / University and Birmingham city centre.
The X20 will serve QE Hospital and the University of Birmingham using stops on Vincent Drive - located a short walk away near University train station - instead of the bus stops within the hospital main entrance. This is due to unpredictable delays caused by queuing traffic, and parking issues within the main hospital entrance.