A terminus for two bus routes is to be moved after a large number of complaints were made that parked buses were adding to traffic chaos on Longbridge Lane.
Other planned service changes will mean better connections to Selly Oak Retail Park, Bartley Green and Frankley.
Longbridge Lane: Service 45 & 47
Many locals raised concerns about number 45 and 47 buses pausing at the routes’ last stop by Sainsbury’s when new bus routes came into operation in July of last year.
Road users complained that buses parked at the stop, close to the junction with High Street and Devon Way, were adding to congestion as one lane was unusable as vehicles approached the traffic lights.
National Express West Midlands (NXWM) asked drivers to not use the stop as a terminus, instead using the stop on the opposite side of Longbridge Lane, outside The Factory Young People’s Centre.
However, a build up of buses at the location would often back up to the traffic lights, causing issues, especially at peak times.
Now, National Express WM have announced that, from Sunday 24th March, the routes will extend slightly to terminate at the stop on Bristol Road South, by Bournville College.
Journeys to Birmingham will continue to start opposite Bournville College on Longbridge Lane.
The change will not affect the timetables of these services.
Frankley – Service 61 & 63
The 61 route is to run between Holly Hill Road and Arden Road via New Street, Boleyn Road and Ormond Road in both directions. NXWM say this is: “to give quicker journeys to and from Northfield”.
Timetables for the 61 and 63 routes were altered while the Birmingham Cycle Revolution roadworks were ongoing. Now these works are complete, both routes have been revised. View the new 61/63 timetable.
Selly Oak Retail Park – Service X20 & X21
Links to the new retail park at Selly Oak (Battery Park) will be improved, with the X20 (Birmingham to Cofton Hackett) and X21 (Birmingham to Woodcock Hill, Bartley Green) both now set to call at the Harborne lane / Gibbons Lane bus stop on both sides.
Timetables for these services will not be affected.
Bartley Green – Service 23
The Number 23 route will be extended from Newman University via Cromwell Lane and Moors Lane, and will terminate at the junction of Genners Lane. Towards Birmingham this service will run along Genners Lane.
Subsequently the timetable for this service has been revised. View the new 23 timetable