Final Dudley bus route changes revealed by National Express
Plans to shake-up bus routes in Dudley and parts of Wolverhampton have been revised after feedback from the public.
The number 17 bus between Dudley and Stourbridge will now change route instead of being axed while Himley will be served by a revised number 15 service instead of the number 16, which will instead go through Swindon and Hinksford.
Timetables will change on a total of 15 National Express services when the plans come into force on January 26, the company has announced.
National Express launched a consultation last year about a raft of changes to services in the area and has now revealed the final proposals.
The company says more buses will be running between Wolverhampton and Dudley as a result.
An extension to the number 8 route will see new direct links between Wollaston Farm, Stourbridge and Merry Hill to Birmingham New Road, Roseville and Wolverhampton every 20 minutes.
And buses will run up to every 10 minutes between Wolverhampton, Wombourne, Wall Heath and Kingswinford via the changed number 15 and 16 routes..
Chris Gibbens, commercial director of National Express UK Bus, said: "During our consultation we asked for feedback about our proposed changes to buses across West Dudley, Wolverhampton and Staffordshire. We’ve listened to our customers and based on the comments received, we've changed some of our original proposals.
"From January 26 2020 our customers will see an improved network with more punctual and frequent buses. And where journeys involve a change of bus we’ve worked hard to better coordinate our services to make it simpler and easier for our customers.
"We’re introducing new direct links to connect key areas on our network and we’ll have more buses serving communities in Dudley, Wrens Nest, Wolverhampton and Kingswinford. Himley will also continue to be served every 20 minutes to Wolverhampton and Merry Hill."
Leaflets and new timetables can be collected from travel shops this week, while National Express will have staff ready to answer questions and provide more information at two events next week.
Staff will be outside the travelshop at Dudley Bus Station from 7.30am to 6.30pm on Tuesday and next to the timetables stand at Stourbridge Bus Station during the same hours on Thursday.