CHANGES TO BUS SERVICES FROM SUNDAY 24 FEBRUARY

Most of the local bus services are changing, some to a worse service.  Information is still not easily available and confusing, but the best we can glean is:-

The S3 service between Dorridge, Knowle and Dickens Heath will be withdrawn. The replacement services will split the old route at Solihull and run with reduced frequency. A new HOURLY service (A3) will run between Dorridge, Knowle and Solihull with a change of bus necessary to carry on to Dickens Heath.  It will be provided by ‘Landflight’. Just a few of these buses will extend beyond Dorridge, to and from Hockley Heath. The timetables are available at https://www.landflight.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/A3-Solihull-to-Dorridge-Hockley-Heath.pdf

The 87, 88 & 88A services will be provided by ‘Johnsons’ with a half hourly service Solihull to Knowle and the 87 onto Coventry, the 88 & 88A stopping at Balsall Common.  The 88 service, every two hours, will proceed via Chadwick End, the 87 and 88A will continue along the Kenilworth Rd.   The timetables are available at:-
http://www.johnsonscoaches.co.uk/contentfiles/files/87%2088%2088A%20Fen%202019.pdf

Some members in the west of our patch might also find the new A7/A8 circular services, which will run hourly along the former S2 route then through Hockley Heath, Blythe Valley and Cheswick Green, and vice versa, of interest, as it can be caught in Widney Road.  See:-

https://www.landflight.co.uk/bus-services/

Of these services the A3 will run an hourly Sunday service, but the A7/A8 Sunday service will only run from Solihull to Dorridge via Cheswick Green and Blythe Valley and not through Bentley Heath. The 87/88/88A will not run on Sundays.

In summary, Knowle will be served by three services an hour each way along the Warwick Road, but there will only be one an hour for the areas between Knowle and Dorridge.

BUS SERVICES change 25th February

Following a consultation that took place last year on the future of some subsidised bus services in the Solihull area, a number of changes will be taking place from Monday 25th February 2019.

The ‘Signature’ brand from Diamond Buses is being dropped, as Diamond lose a number of contracts, and services retained by Diamond will be operated by their regular ‘blue’ buses.

Service S1 – Solihull to Damsonwood Circular

This service will be renumbered to A1. Diamond will continue to operate this service, but with changes to the route and timetable.

Service S2 – Cheswick Green to Dorridge

This service will no longer be operated by Diamond Bus.
There will be changes to the route and timetable for this service, which will become a circular route also covering Hockley Heath and Blythe Valley. Service will be renumbered A6 (for short journeys between Solihull and Cheswick Green), A7 and A8. Service will be operated by Landflight.

Service S3 / S3W – Hockley Heath to Dickens Heath / Wythall

This service will no longer be operated by Diamond Bus. There will be changes to the route and timetable for this service.
S3 eastern part will be replaced by service A3 between Solihull and Dorridge. S3 western part and S3W will be replaced by service A4 from Solihull to Inkford Brook and A5 from Solihull to Dickens Heath. Both services will be operated by Landflight

Service S11 – Solihull Circular (via Buryfield Road)

This service will be renumbered to A2. Diamond will continue to operate this service, but with changes to the route and timetable.

Service S15 – Solihull Circular (via Widney Lane)

This service will no longer be operated by Diamond Bus.
The S15 will be withdrawn and will be covered by amendments to service 69 (operated by igo) which will extend into Solihull along Monkspath Hall Road.

Service 82 – Solihull to Coventry

This service will no longer be operated by Diamond Bus and will be taken over by Johnsons, with minor timetable changes.

Service 88 – Solihull to Balsall Common

This service will no longer be operated by Diamond Bus and will be taken over by Johnsons. There will be changes to the route and timetable for this service.

There is no change to service 30 (Solihull to Acocks Green), this will continue to be operated by Diamond Buses.

Johnsons have announced that their current service 87 (Solihull to Coventry) is to be amended and renumbered from the same date. The 88 service will serve the JLR site, while a new 88A variant will cover the existing direct route between Knowle and Balsall Common currently used by the 87.

THE ROUTE AND TIMETABLE CHANGES ARE YET TO BE CONFIRMED, SO LOOK OUT FOR UPDATES

SOLIHULL NEWS IS NO MORE

Most people will know that the Solihull News has ceased publication. Solihull News is now incorporated within an edition of the Birmingham Mail, called the Solihull Mail.

Deliveries of the Solihull Observer have been in short supply lately.   They are available at Clark’s Residential estate agents in Station Road as well as some other agencies.
On-line editions are also available at https://solihullobserver.co.uk/editions/