There are radical and complicated changes to Landflight bus services, commencing this coming Sunday, 1 September.
Knowle Society is one of a number of organisations representing residents in the areas served by Landflight which are concerned that, despite frequent tinkering, the services are still not fit for purpose. We are discussing joining forces to press for a greater frequency, improved reliability and a better match to what passengers actually need from these local services.
Meanwhile, here is a digest of the impact of the coming changes for the areas in which most of our members live:
The Johnson buses operated 87, 88 and 88A services are unchanged.
The Landflight A3 service will no longer run via Knowle. It will be replaced by the A7 service from Solihull, which will run on the former A3 route through Knowle to Dorridge and on to Solihull via Hockley Heath, Blythe Valley Park and Cheswick Green. The A8 will run in the reverse direction.
Landflight buses from Knowle will no longer go to Solihull Station. Instead the new circular route will stop at Tudor Grange Sports Centre where the footpath opposite goes to the Station.
The A7/A8 timetables are completely different from those presently operating on the A3. Off-peak daytime Monday to Friday services and all weekend services of the A7 will leave Solihull for Dorridge via Knowle at half past the hour and the A8 will leave Dorridge for Solihull via Knowle at 33 minutes past the hour.
The first A8 bus to Solihull will leave Dorridge at 07:03 and Knowle High Street at 07:13. The next service, leaving Dorridge at 08:11 may suit some school and office travellers, arriving at Knowle Green at 08:23 and Solihull Town Centre at 09:50.
Older Person’s Pass holders resident between Dorridge and Tilehouse Green will be dismayed that the 09:26 from Dorridge is timetabled to reach Tilehouse Green Lane before their pass is valid and the next A8 does not leave Dorridge until 10:33. Those wanting to use the pass at the earliest opportunity will do better to catch the A7 and go the long way round to Solihull. This will leave Tilehouse Green Lane into Purnells Way at 09:45 and is due in Solihull at 10:28.
The new A7/A7W will not run through Bentley Heath, the only service being the hourly A3/A3W between Solihull & Dorridge.
Services scheduled in both directions before 09:00 and after 15:00 will continue to carry the W suffix and proceed via Widney Manor Road, services between those hours will continue to proceed via Alderminster Road.
All A3/A3W services from Solihull will now leave the Town Centre at 44 minutes past the hour but the last bus will be significantly earlier at 20:44 (18:44 on Sundays). All A3/A3W services to Solihull will be scheduled to leave Bentley Heath at 14 minutes past the hour with a last bus at 20:14 (18:14 on Sundays).
The first service from Bentley Heath to Solihull for Older Person’s Pass Holders will be the 10:14.
The present A7/A7W services from Solihull and A8/A8W services towards Solihull will be re-numbered A3/A3W services in both directions and will terminate at Dorridge Station.
Services scheduled in both directions before 09:00 and after 15:00 will continue to carry the W suffix and proceed via Widney Manor Road, services scheduled to pass between those hours will continue to proceed via Alderminster Road.
All A3/A3W services from Solihull will now leave the Town Centre at 44 minutes past the hour but the last bus will be significantly earlier at 20:44 (18:44 on Sundays). All A3/A3W services to Solihull will be scheduled to depart at 10 minutes past the hour with a last bus at 20:10 (18:10 on Sundays).
The present A3 service to Knowle and occasionally to Hockley Heath will be re-numbered A7 from Knowle and A8 towards Knowle. Beyond Dorridge these will follow the current A7/A8 route to and from Solihull via Hockley Heath and Cheswick Green.
The first service towards Knowle will depart Dorridge Station at 07:03 Monday to Friday, 07:33 on Saturday and 09:33 on Sunday. The 08:11 from Dorridge towards Knowle will suit many school and work travellers. Whilst peak time services will follow no pattern, during off peak daytime hours Mondays to Fridays and all day at the weekends, buses towards Knowle will leave Dorridge Station at 33 minutes past the hour and weekday evenings at 10 minutes past the hour. Last buses will be at 22:10 Monday to Friday, 21:33 on Saturdays and 18:33 on Sundays.
The first service towards Hockley Heath will depart Dorridge Station at 07:21 Monday to Friday, 07:51 on Saturday and 08:51 on Sunday. Whilst peak time services will follow no pattern, during off peak daytime and evening hours Mondays to Fridays and all day at the weekends, buses towards Hockley Heath will leave Dorridge Station at 51 minutes past the hour. Last buses will be at 21:51 Monday to Saturdays and 17:51 on Sundays.
Unfortunately, as the A8 to Solihull leaves at 09:26, the first service to arrive in Solihull for Older Person’s Pass Holders will be the A3 leaving Dorridge Station at 10:10.
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