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Central Connect is a bus operator in the West Midlands. It is made up of the merger of Zak's, North Birmingham Busways and Birmingham Motor Traction. A deal was also signed in January 2008 for the completion of the purchase of Ludlows, Halesowen.

On March 3 2008, Central Connect purchased the Go West Midlands operations from Go-Ahead. [1] This has increased the buses owned by Central Connect by over 140, meaning that Central Connect now operates over 300 vehicles and becomes the second biggest operator in the West Midlands area after National Express West Midlands.

Bus services operated by Central ConnectEdit

List correct at 29 August 2017. (Includes all Travel Ludlows, Diamond Bus and Zak's.

West Midlands ServicesEdit

  • 1 Chapelfields-Walsgrave via Coventry & University Walsgrave
  • S1 Solihull Circular via Damsonwood & Elmdon Heath
  • 002 Weoley Castle-Merry Hill via Halesowen
  • 4 Walsall-West Bromwich via Fullbrook, Tame Bridge & Stone Cross
  • 4H Walsall circular via Fullbrook, Tame Bridge, Stone Cross, West Bromwich, Oldbury, Blackheath, Halesowen & Hayley Green
  • 12 Blackheath-Cradley Heath via Colley Gate
  • 13 Merry Hill-Halesowen via Fatherless Barn
  • 14 Brierley Hill-Fatherless Barn via Merry Hill (Circular)
  • 15 Tamworth-Hurley via Wood End
  • 16 Birmingham-Hamstead via Hockley
  • 16 Tamworth-Kingsbury via Ventura Park
  • 16A Tamworth-Hurley via Ventura Park
  • 16W Birmingham-West Bromwich via Hockley & Hamstead
  • X16 Birmingham-Tamworth (Fields Farm Road-Belgrave) via Kingsbury
  • 17 Merry Hill-Halesowen via Cradley Heath
  • 19 Bloxwich-Walsall via Blakenhall Church
  • 20 Bearwood-Oldbury via Brandhall
  • 21 Bearwood-Oldbury Londonderry
  • 23 Wednesbury-Portobello via Bilston
  • 23 Bloxwich-White Horse Road via Brownhills
  • 24 Foxyards Estate-Merry Hill via Dudley & Cradley Heath
  • 25 Erdington-Ward End via Bromford Bridge
  • 26A Wolverhampton-Stowlawn via Bilston
  • 28A Ward End-Small Heath via Belchers Lane
  • 29 Walsall-Blakenall via Coalpool & Harden
  • 30 West Bromwich-Stone Cross via Great Bridge
  • 34 Birmingham-Kings Heath via Moseley
  • 35 Walsall-Lichfield via Aldridge
  • 35A Walsall Circular via Aldridge & Leighswood
  • 35B Walsall-Lichfield via Aldridge, Shenstone & Stonnall
  • 36 Walsall-Alumwell via Manor Hospital
  • 36 Belcher Lane-Sparkhill via Acocks Green
  • 38 Northfield-Selly Oak via Cotteridge
  • 40 West Bromwich-Wednesbury via Lynden & Stone Cross
  • 41 Friar Park-West Bromwich via Stone Cross
  • 41 Walsall-Willenhall via New Invention
  • 41A Wednesbury-West Bromwich via Stone Cross
  • 42 West Bromwich-Tipton Rail Station or Owen Street via Great Bridge
  • 43 West Bromwich-Bilston via Great Bridge
  • 50 Birmingham-Maypole via Moseley
  • 54 West Bromwich-Worlds End via Smethwick & Brandhall (Mon-Sat daytimes)
  • 54A West Bromwich-Worlds End Smethwick & Brandhall (Sun daytimes only)
  • 54A Perry Barr-Hamstead (Sun daytimes only)
  • 55 Brandhall-Cape Hill via Smethwick
  • 61 Wolverhampton-Goldthorn Park
  • 61 Handsworth-Perry Barr via Handsworth Wood
  • 63 Wolverhampton-Oxbarn Avenue via Bradmore
  • 64 Wolverhampton-Wakeley Hill via Penn Road
  • 65 Woods Estate-Darlaston via Wednesbury
  • 65 Wolverhampton-Fordhouses via New Cross Hospital
  • 66 Stone Cross-West Bromwich via Sandwell Hospital
  • 68A Perry Barr-Aston via Witton (Anti-clockwise)
  • 68C Perry Barr-Aston via Witton (Clockwise)
  • 71 Sutton Coldfield-Chelmsley Wood via Castle Bromwich & Walmley (Sun daytimes only)
  • 74 Walsall circular via Gillity Village
  • 74A West Bromwich-Dudley via Great Bridge
  • 75 Sutton Coldfield-Birmingham International Airport via Water Orton & Coleshill
  • 78 Sutton Coldfield-Queslett via Mere Green & Streetly
  • 82 Wolverhampton-Dudley via Bilston
  • 88 Erdington-Streetly via New Oscott & Kingstanding (Mon-Fri peaks only)

  • 89 Erdington-Shady Lane via New Oscott & Kingstanding (daily)
  • 91A Chelmsley Wood circular via Tile Cross & Marston Green (Anti-clockwise)
  • 91C Chelmsley Wood circular via Marston Green & Tile Cross (Clockwise)
  • 108 Erdington-Birmingham via Sutton Coldfield, Walmley & Erdington
  • 122 Bearwood-Oldbury via Langley
  • 124 Cradley Heath-Dudley via Dudley Wood & Netherton
  • 125 Stourbridge-Bridgnorth via Kidderminster & Bewdley
  • 142 Stourbridge-Halesowen via Hasbury (Mon-Sat daytime/evening & Sun daytime - from 28 April 18 the Evening and Sun jrnys will no longer be operated by Diamond)
  • 146 Birmingham-Redditch via Cotteridge, Kings Norton & Alvechurch
  • 202 Halesowen-Bromsgrove via Quinton, Frankley, Rubery & Rednal
  • 205 Wall Heath-Dudley via Russells Hall Hospital (Sun only)
  • 208 Dudley-Merry Hill via Old Hill (Sun only)
  • 223 Dudley-Bilston via Gornal Wood
  • 224 Sedgley-Bilston via Ettingshall
  • 226 Merry Hill-Dudley via Brierley Hill, Kingswinford, Pensnett & Russells Hall Hospital
  • 227 Stourbridge-Kinver via Wollaston
  • 228 Russells Hall Hospital-Kinver via Merry Hill & Stourbridge
  • 229 Bilston-Dudley via Coseley & Sedgley
  • 231 Blackheath-Halesowen via Rowley Regis
  • 243 Dudley-Merry Hill via Netherton & Cradley Heath
  • 250 Stourbridge circular via Brockmoor & Merry Hill
  • 251 Stourbridge circular via Merry Hill & Brockmoor
  • 257 Dudley-Stourbridge via Kingswinford
  • 267 Stourbridge-Wall Heath via Ashwood Park
  • 276 Dudley-Stourbridge via Merry Hill & Lye
  • 287 Merry Hill-Stourbridge via Amblecote
  • 288 Stourbridge-Norton via Oldswinford & Pedmore
  • 296 Stourbridge-Brockmoor via Merry Hill
  • 298 Stourbridge circular via Lye, Wollescote & Pedmore
  • 299 Stourbridge Circular via Pedmore, Wollescote & Lye
  • 301 Walsall-Mossley via Bloxwich
  • 302 Lower Farm-Walsall via Bloxwich & Leamore
  • 303 County Bridge-Bilston via Willenhall
  • 310 Willenhall-Wednesbury via Darlaston
  • 401E Walsall Circular via Bescot Stadium & The Delves
  • 530 Wolverhampton-Rocket Pool via Bilston
  • 657 Stourbridge-Kingswinford via Wordsley

West Midlands Services-Signature ServicesEdit

  • S2 Cheswick Green-Dorridge via Solihull & Bentley Heath
  • S3 Wythall-Hockley Heath Solihull, Knowle & Dorridge
  • S3W Hockley Heath-Wythall via Dorridge, Knowle & Solihull
  • S11 Solihull Circular via Buryfield Road & Solihull Rail Station
  • S15 Solihull Circular via Widney Lane
  • 30 Solihull-Acocks Green via Olton
  • X30 Ansty Park-Coventry City Centre via Walsgrave Road & Coventry Rail Station (Peaks only)
  • X31 Ansty Park-Coventry City Centre via Dorchester Road (Off-peaks only)
  • 82 Solihull-Coventry via Hampton-in-Arden & Meriden
  • 88 Solihull-Balsall Common via Knowle

Warwickshire ServicesEdit

  • 19 Stratford-West Green Drive
  • X19 Stratford-upon-Avon-Redditch via Great Alne, Alcester & Studley (previously service 26)
  • 27 Stratford-Broad Marston via Welford & Long Marston
  • 229 Stratford-Snitterfield via Wilmcote

Worcestershire ServicesEdit

  • 1 Kidderminster Circular via Stourport Road & Rifle Range
  • 2 Kidderminster-Bark Hill via General Hospital, Wribbenhall, Bewdley & Hales Park
  • 2L Kidderminster-Ludlow via Cleobury Mortimer (from 16/4/18 this service will be operated by R&B Travel as service 292)
  • 3 Kidderminster-Arley Kings via Birchen Coppice, Stourport & The Walshes
  • 4 Kidderminster Circular via Puxton Drive, Ferndale & Frenche (from 16/4/18)
  • 4A Kidderminster Circular via Puxton Drive, Ferndale & Frenche (this service is withdrawn from 16/4/18. Although one journey on service 4 will still operate as service 4A)
  • 7 Kidderminster-Sion Hill via Greenhill
  • 9A Kidderminster circular via Cookley, Caunsall, Fairfield & Sion Hill
  • 9C Kidderminster circular via Sion Hill, Fairfield, Cookley & Caunsall
  • 10 Kidderminster-Spennells via Offmore
  • 42 Redditch-Kidderminster General Hospital via Finstall, Bromsgrove & Chaddesley Corbett
  • 43 Redditch-Princess of Wales Hospital (Bromsgrove) via Finstall, Charford, Bromsgrove & Sidemoor
  • 47 Redditch Circular via Webheath, Crabbs Cross, Alexandra Hospital & Matchborough (Anti-clockwise)
  • 48 Redditch Circular via Matchborough, Alexandra Hospital, Crabbs Cross & Webheath (Clockwise)
  • 51 Redditch Circular via Batchley
  • 53 Redditch Circular via Brockhill Drive
  • 55 Redditch-Alexandra Hospital via Oakenshaw & Tesco
  • 55C Redditch-Alexandra Hospital via Oakenshaw
  • 57 Redditch East Circular via Matchborough & Winyates (Anti-Clockwise)
  • 58 Redditch East Circular via Winyates & Matchborough (Clockwise)
  • 62 Redditch Circular via Forge Mill Road, Winyates, Matchborough West & Matchborough East (Clockwise)
  • 65 Redditch circular via Arthur Jobson House
  • 67 Redditch-Studley via Lakeside, Greenlands & Alexandra Hospital (Anti-Clockwise)
  • 70 Redditch-Astwood Bank via Crabbs Cross (Anti-Clockwise)
  • 182 Bromsgrove-Redditch via Lickey
  • 192 Kidderminster-Halesowen via Blakedown, Churchill & Hagley
  • 192A Kidderminster-Halesowen via Blakedown, Churchill & Hagley (this service will be withdrawn from 16/4/18 but will be replace with one journey on Wyre Forest Dial-a-Ride service 193 from Kidderminster on Monday, Wednesday & Friday only operating via Cookley, Churchill & Horsefair)
  • 247 Redditch-Evesham via Crabbs Cross, Studley & Alcester
  • 294 Kidderminster-Worcester via Burlish, Stourport, The Walshes & Hallow (Peaks only) (this service will be withdrawn but replaced by Coniston Coaches service 294.)
  • 295 Kidderminster-Worcester via Wilden, Stourport, The Walshes & Hallow (Off-Peaks only) (this service will be withdrawn but replaced by Coniston Coaches but will not operate via Wilden & Kidderminster Railway Station. Service 295 will also be changed and will operate as service 296 but will operate via Bewdley, Stourport to terminate at Worcester)
  • 303 Kidderminster-Worcester via Hartlebury & Ombersley
  • 318 Bromsgrove Rail Station-Stourbridge via Catshill, Belbroughton & West Hagley

Warwickshire School/College ServicesEdit

  • 290 Lower Quinton-Stratford Girls Grammar via Welford-on-Avon

West Midlands School ServicesEdit

  • 39 Great Barr-S Francis of Assisi School via Kingstanding & Streetly
  • 40 Great Barr-St Francis of Assisi School via Hamstead
  • 42 Handsworth-Q3 Academy via West Bromwich & Stone Cross
  • 229S Hockley Heath-Stratford Schools via Henley, Wotton Wawen & Wilmcote
  • 749 Amblecote-Ridgewood Middle School via Audnam


Worcestershire School/College ServicesEdit

  • 9S Caunsall-Wolverley Secondary School via Cookley
  • S69 Birchfield Road-Ridgeway Middle School via Webheath
  • S77 Redditch-Ridgway Middle School via Walkwood & Stonepits Lane
  • 182 Redditch-Alcester Schools via Crabbs Cross, Studley & Coughton
  • 192S Wolverley Secondary School-Halesowen via Cookley, Broadwaters Heath & Blakedown (this service will be withdrawn from 16/4/18 but replaced in part by revised service 833 which will serve Birmingham Road, Horsefair & Broadwaters Heath but no longer serves Chester Road North.)
  • 302 Bewdley-Worcester Sixth Form College via Kidderminster & Stourport
  • 831 Wolverley Secondary School-Proud Cross Ringway via Puxton Drive & Habberley
  • 833 Wolverley Secondary School-Kidderminster

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ReferencesEdit

  1. Go-Ahead - "Disposal of Go West Midlands" Accessed 3rd March 2008

External linksEdit

Diamond Bus Website