Buses will run up to every 8 minutes
Buses will run up to every 20 minutes
The good bits:
+ More buses for many on the 23 route in Bartley Green, Woodgate and Woodgate Valley South areas
+ Harborne to Birmingham buses will now simply be numbered 23 / 24
+ New and direct links to University / QE Hospital from Kitwell, Bartley Green, Jiggins Lane and Quinton Road
+ New Platinum buses on routes 23 / X22, offering premium comfort with extra legroom, wifi and USB points
The bad bits:
- Kitwell and Jiggins Lane will no longer have direct buses to Harborne, but most passengers should find it easy to connect to the 23 / X22 along Stonehouse Road or California Way
- Buses will run less often during the day to Kitwell and Jiggins Lane, running every 20 minutes instead of every 15 minutes
The current 22 / 23 will be combined into one, simpler, more frequent route; the new 23. This will run from Newman University via Bartley Green, Romsley Road, Woodgate, Woodgate Valley South, Harborne and Five Ways to Birmingham.
Kitwell and Jiggins Lane - currently served by the 22 - will be served by the new X22. This will run from Woodgate via Kitwell, Romsley Road, Bartley Green, Jiggins Lane, California, Quinton Road and University / QE Hospital to Birmingham.
To help make these buses more reliable, bus stops on Stonehouse Lane and Stonehouse Hill will be moved onto California Way and Northfield Road.
The X22 will serve the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and 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.