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Passengers asked to choose on proposed timetable changes to No89 bus service


Users of a rural bus service are being asked to give their choice over proposed timetable changes.

The No89 serves Solihull, Hampton in Arden, Meriden, Berkswell, Balsall Common and Coventry.

 In response to passenger feedback, Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), is now looking at ways to improve the timetable and reduce a three hour wait for a return service from Solihull and Coventry.

The No89 service is operated by iGo buses.
The No89 service is operated by iGo buses.

 

The service is operated by iGo and was introduced in September 2016 to replace a taxibus that people used to pre-book.

Users are now being asked to choose one of two options for the service.

Pete Bond, director of transport services for TfWM, said: “The No89 serves a very rural area within the West Midlands and was designed specifically to deliver a service for local residents.

“Since it was introduced last September there are now 40% more people using the No89 than previously used the taxibus, so it is clearly proving its worth.

“However, from talking to customers and local groups we now know people are unhappy at the length of time they have to wait for a return service from Solihull and Coventry so we are asking them to let us know what they think.”

Mr Bond said those views would play an important part in the eventual decision taken by TfWM.

The proposals for Option One are:

  • A shorter time in each destination.
  • Morning departure times changed to suit concessionary pass holders.
  • The bus to serve Peel Close in Hampton in Arden on a pre-booking basis.
  • Passengers able to phone and book a time slot to be picked up or dropped off in Meriden and Balsall Common.
  • Passengers able to transfer to other bus services 82, 87, 88, X1 and rail services to/from Berkswell and Hampton in Arden railway line.
  • Passengers can travel to and from Cannon Park shops in Coventry.
  • Bus to Solihull to run on Monday, Wednesday and Friday – length of stay in Solihull two hours, four hours or five hours 50 minutes.
  • Bus to Coventry to run Tuesday and Thursday - length of Stay in Coventry one hour 40 minutes or three hours 45 minutes. Length of Stay at Cannon Park shops 31 minutes, one hour 58 minutes or three hours 55 minutes.

The full proposed timetable can be viewed here

The proposals for Option Two are:

  • A shorter time in each destination.
  • Passengers can travel to and from Cannon Park shops.
  • Morning departure times to suit concessionary pass holders.
  • The bus to serve Peel Close in Hampton in Arden on a pre-booking basis.
  • Passengers able to phone and book a time slot to be picked up or dropped off in Meriden and Balsall Common.
  • Bus to Solihull to run Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – length of stay two hours 30 minutes, four hours 20 minutes and five hours 50 minutes.
  • Bus to Coventry to run Tuesday and Thursday - length of stay two hours 15 minutes, four hours 15 minutes, or six hours 25 minutes. Length of stay at Cannon Park shops 25 minutes, two hours 25 mins, five hours 5 mins or seven hours 50 minutes.

The full proposed timetable can be viewed here

Options 1 and 2 differ in the number of journeys to Solihull and Coventry and the times in the pre-book ‘roaming zone’ in Balsall Common and Meriden. School journeys will also have a timetable change.

Both options will be served by a low-floor bus providing a door-to-door service to the majority of roads in Balsall Common and Meriden. The current feeder bus will be withdrawn.

Users can pick up a leaflet and an envelope on the No89 and feeder bus or by visiting www.Networkwestmidlands.com/89

The consultation ends on February 10.