Seventeen bus services will have their routes, stops or timetables altered in a huge change to Wolverhampton city centre’s road layout this weekend.
Passengers are being urged to check the changes to their regular bus service ahead of the dramatic changes.
Bosses at National Express have now unveiled a huge permanent shake-up of services 1, 3, 4, 25A, 25C, 27, 27A, 28, 39, 59, 69, 79, 81, 89, 2 (Warstones), 2 (Bushbury), 11 (Underhill). They come into effect on Sunday, August 31.
Under the changes, Princess Street will become car free, the traffic direction in Queen Street will be reversed and Market Street will become one way in a £1.6 million project by Wolverhampton City Council.
A National Express West Midlands spokesperson said: “Due to the city centre road layout change we will be making changes to 17 services from Sunday, August 31. Most of these changes will be relatively minor. We will be providing detailed information on our buses as well as our website on the changes.”
The work is to improve pedestrian areas between shops and the bus and rail stations and reduce traffic passing through the city centre. Cars will no longer be able to travel towards Bilston Street from Market Street with the road becoming one-way. There will also be a ban on cars driving between Berry Street and Queen Street as it becomes pedestrianised from 9.30am to 4pm with only service vehicles allowed in.
Drivers on Queen Street will no longer be able to drive towards the heart of the shopping centre, but will instead be directed towards Wolverhampton bus station.
The scheme will start on Saturday with the new traffic flow beginning the following day. The council has already begun preparing the roads for the transformation. Parking bays in Berry Street will be removed and new traffic signals are being installed at the junction of Queen Street and Pipers Row, opposite the bus station.