New bus routes and timetable for Knowle

From Sunday 25th January 2009 replacement bus routes (S2 & S3) are being introduced through Knowle. The Knowle Society has summarised the most popular journeys between Knowle and Solihull and provided these in a simple document which you can download here. Service along Purnells Way (the old 151) has been withdrawn but service between Knowle and Dorridge along Station Road has returned, with an hourly prime time weekday service only (S2). Broadly, daytime bus frequency has reduced from between 4-6 per hour to 3 per hour.


On Yer Bike!


Cycle routes are being proposed for Jobs Close (Knowle Park). All the paths except the newest one would be widened and split by white-lining into separate pedestrian and cycle paths. This is part of “Safer Routes to School – Arden School. A Government initiative”. The first stage is the approach to the School along St Lawrence Close and Station Road.

Subject to a (possible) forthcoming public consultation, two cycleways will be marked out across the Park, also known as Jobs Close Park, as a part of the “Safer Routes to School” initiative.

There is a national drive to get people out of cars and onto bikes, both to cut carbon emissions and to increase cycling as a healthy activity. So, over recent years, cycleways have been introduced into a number of Parks in the borough, providing improved access for those passing through on their journeys to work and school and to provide a safe place to ride for Park users at leisure.

Detailed proposals for this approach to be extended to Knowle were approved by Solihull’s Cabinet Member for Quality of Life and Neighbourhoods in September. These would permit cycling on each of hard landscaped paths through the park except the ‘new’ one, which follows Purnells Brook between the lower entrances.

The proposal calls for the widening of the two paths from the Landor Road entrance to the St Lawrence Close entrance and along the top of the Park by the allotments and tennis courts, to safely accommodate use by both cyclists and pedestrians.

Birmingham International Airport runway extension application submitted (opens link to SMBC site)


The long-awaited application to extend the runway at the airport, including realignment of the A45, a new air traffic control tower, revision of the existing fuel farm and a new exit taxi way, has now been received by Solihull Council.

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The Knowle Society gave its views on the draft proposals at the time of the airport’s public consultation; the Society having undertaken a consultation itself within Knowle prior to making that response. Follow the Community link from this page to view the Society’s submission. The Society will consider the final version of the application (2008/22) and will respond if there are variations that affect Knowle.


Longdon Road Closure and Diversion

We have been advised by Solihull Council that Longdon Road will be closed for work on the Purnells Brook culvert for six weeks from Monday 28 July until Monday 8 September.

During the closure, entry to Longdon Road will be for access only with no through traffic. A diversion will be signposted via Tilehouse Green Lane, Widney Road, Station Road and Lodge Road.

New online discussion forum launched

We are very pleased to announce the launch of a new online forum for members to discuss issues of relevance to the ‘village’ of Knowle and The Knowle Society. This facility was originally requested by a member at the Society’s 2006 AGM.