Changes to some bus services in Solihull
From Sunday 24 February 2019
The following bus services will change S1, S2, S3/S3W, S10, S11, S15, 69, 82, 87 and 88. Scroll down and click on your existing services to find out about more about what is changing.
Customers will benefit from new Euro 6 buses. These low floor, low emission buses will run on most of the new bus routes from 24 February.
Transport for West Midlands, part of the West Midlands Combined Authority has made changes to the tendered (paid for) bus services in Solihull.
In autumn 2018, we set out our proposals for a new tendered bus network in Solihull. This followed requests from Councillors, customers and groups. We asked for your views on the routes we were planning on making changes to.
We have listened to your views and have made some changes to the tendered bus network to improve reliability, punctuality and to increase the overall number of passengers travelling. Some areas will benefit from a new bus service.
Bus Service Changes
S1 will be renumbered A1.
A1 will operate hourly - Monday to Saturday
The S2 route will be split into the A6, A7 and A8 services below. The new services will cover the same stops*.
A6 will operate hourly – Monday to Saturday
A7/A7W - Solihull - Widney Manor – Dorridge – Hockley Heath – Blythe Valley – Cheswick Green – Solihull (circular route - clockwise) (See A8/A8W for anti-clockwise).
A7 or A7W will operate hourly – Monday to Saturday
A7W will serve the above route via Widney Manor Road from 07:00 to 09:00 and from 15:00 to last buses at 20:30 and 22:00.(Times are when buses leave Solihull Monday to Saturday).
A7 will serve the above route via Alderminster Road (part of Widney Manor Road* not served) from 10:00 to 14:00. (Times are when buses leave Solihull Monday to Saturday. Journey to Alderminster Road takes approximately 12 minutes).
A7 will operate the above route hourly - Sundays
A8W will serve the above route via Widney Manor Road from 06:30to 08:30 and from 15:30 to last bus at 22:00 (Times are when buses leave Solihull Monday to Saturday)
A8 will serve the above route via Alderminster Road (part of Widney Manor Road* not served) from 08:30 to 13:30 (Times are when buses leave Solihull Monday to Saturday. Journey to Alderminster Road will take approximately 1 hour 13 minutes)
A8 will operate the above route hourly - Sundays
Operator for A6, A7/A7W and A8/8W: Landflight
Dorridge will also be served by A3. See S3 changes for information.
The S3 and S3W routes will be split into the A3, A4 and A5 below. The new services below will cover the same stops.
A3 operates hourly - Monday to Saturday
A4 operates hourly - Monday to Saturday
Combined with A5 gives half hourly service between Dickens Heath to Solihull - Monday to Saturday.
A5 operates hourly - Monday to Sunday.
Combined with A4 gives half hourly service from Dickens Heath to Solihull - Monday to Saturday.
Operator for A3, A4 and A5: Landflight
Hockley Heath to Solihull will be served by A7/A8. See S2 changes for information.
Renumbered A10. No change to route or timetable.
Renumbered A2. Similar route to existing S11 but will use School Lane and Grove Road instead of Lode Lane for part of the route. Extended hours of operation.
A2 operates hourly – Monday to Saturday
S15 withdrawn by commercial operator. S15 partly replaced by a rerouted 69. The hourly 69 route will be extended from Shirley to Solihull along the existing S15 route.
Sainsbury’s will still be served.
Solihull rail station will not be served.
Minor timetable change. No change to route or number.
87 will follow its current route from Solihull to Fen End Road junction via Knowle and will then serve Fen End Road and Holly Lane into the Jaguar Land Rover site before re-joining its current route to Coventry. Balsall Street and Alder Lane (part) will be served by 88A.
Split into two routes – 88 and 88A. Both the 88 and 88A will operate every 2 hours to Hallmeadow Road in Balsall Common making a combined hourly route between Solihull and Knowle.
88 will follow its current route between Solihull and Oldwich Lane East. From Oldwich Lane East it will go into the Jaguar Land Rover site before re-joining its existing route at Oldwich Lane East up to Balsall Common. The route is then extended to Hallmeadow Road to serve Balsall Common Health Centre and Berkswell rail station.
88A will follow the current 88 route to Knowle and will then follow the current 87 route to Balsall Common serving Balsall Street and Alder Lane (part). The service will also be extended to Hallmeadow Road to serve Balsall Common Health Centre and Berkswell rail station.
You can find out more by visiting us at one of our exhibitions detailed below.
Thursday 28 February 2019
9:00 to 13:30
Exhibition bus at Mell Square, by Marks & Spencer, Solihull town centre