National Express to run zero-emission Sprint bus services
National Express West Midlands has announced its intention to run new rapid transit bus services along the A34 and A45 Sprint route between Walsall, Birmingham and Solihull.
The new services will first launch in May 2022 with a fleet of zero-emission double decker Platinum buses, which will be able to beat traffic jams and offer reliable journey times by using dedicated bus lanes and priority measures at junctions along the routes which will cross Birmingham and join Walsall and Solihull for the first time.
This new fleet will include 20 environmentally friendly hydrogen-fuelled buses funded by Birmingham City Council.
The bus company is also working with Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) as the transport authority, to confirm plans to introduce the first of a further fleet of high quality zero emission, low floor tram-style vehicles on the route during 2023. These tram-style buses have proved popular with customers on similar rapid transit services across Europe and the UK.
Uninterrupted services will run from Walsall to Solihull, via Birmingham city centre.
First services will be operational by May 2022 and call at key destinations including the NEC, Jaguar Land Rover Solihull and Alexander Stadium.
Sprint - It's About Time
Our video, Sprint - It’s About Time, takes an upbeat look at our vision for the A45/A34 cross-city route - the first bus priority corridor of its kind anywhere in the country. Featuring local people, the video showcases Sprint as a bus priority corridor, connecting locations along the A34 and the A45 in one continuous route. It highlights the benefits that the Sprint corridor will bring for bus passengers and the local economy, by connecting our region and protecting our environment.
Filming took place in September during an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, but it was still a challenge to observe a correct social distance between the crew and those being filmed – and to avoid showing people wearing face masks in public places.
We used local people from along the corridor as much as possible and we’d like to extend our thanks to those members of the public who volunteered their time to help us make the film.
We’d also like to thank the following for their contributions: The New Art Gallery Walsall, The Bull, Newtown, The Clean Kilo, Digbeth, Jilabi Indian Restaurant, Sheldon, National Express, Midland Metro, Birmingham Airport, Walsall Council, Birmingham City Council, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and DRP Group.