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Central Connect Diamond route 56, Choice Travel route X56 and A2Z Travel Route 56A

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56/X56 & 56A
Management
Operated by Diamond Bus, Choice Travel and ATZ Travel
Garage Tividale/ Wolverhampton/ Walsall
Vehicle Wright Cadet/ Any
Route
Start Birmingham
End Brownhills West (56/56A), Boney Hay (X56)
Length About ?? Miles
Service
Level 06:30 - 23:00 Monday - Friday, 08:00 - 23:00 Saturday and 10:00 - 23:00 Sunday
Frequency Service 56 runs every 20 minutes daytime with no evening service. Service 56A runs every hour from 19:00 Monday - Saturday and all day Sunday. X56 runs 1 journey in both directions during peak hour.
Journey time 56-60 minutes

The 56, X56 and 56A are bus routes in the West Midlands County, United Kingdom.

Service 56 and 56A both link Birmingham with Brownhills West with service X56 linking Birmingham to Boney Hay.

HistoryEdit

  • 11th May 2008 - A2Z Travel start running the 56A under contract to Centro evenings and Sundays. Diamond Bus withdraw their service on the 56A which was run commercially and amend the timetable for the 56.
  • 02nd September 2007 - Choice Travel replace Diamond Bus on the X56 under contract to Staffordshire County Council. Diamond Bus also reduce their frequency to every 20 minutes, with service 56A running evenings and Sundays every 30 minutes.
  • 29th April 2007 - Diamond Bus renumber the service from 156 to 56 and 56A (56A denoting services serving Hundred Acre and finishing in Brownhills (high street). Both services run during the daytime every 30 minutes each giving a combined frequency of 15 minutes.

PresentEdit

Service 56, Diamond Bus

Currently run by Diamond Bus, the 56 serves Birmingham, Perry Barr, Kingstanding, Aldridge and Brownhills before reaching Watling Street. On journeys going out of Birmingham the service runs express and does not stop in Newtown or at One Stop Shopping Centre. After this, it serves all stops up to the terminus. However, on journeys going into Birmingham it serves all stops in Perry Barr and Newtown. Service currently takes 1 hour to complete. Vehicles mainly used on this service include Wright Cadet's and Dennis Dart's.

Diamond Bus currently charge £2.00 maximum fare.

Service X56, Choice Travel

Currently run by Choice Travel under contract to Staffordshire County Council, service X56 provides a peak hour service between Birmingham and Boney Hay. The service runs one journey in the morning from Boney Hay to Birmingham, and one return journey in the opposite direction in the evening. Unlike Diamond Bus and ATZ Travel, this service serves all stops in Newtown and calls at One Stop Shopping Centre, Perry Barr, however it does not call at Aston University. Currently it takes 1 hour 5 minutes to complete. Arriva Midlands started operating this service from 23 September 2012

Service 56A, ATZ Travel

Currently run by ATZ Travel (also known as Travel A2Z) under contract to Centro, service 56A provides a hourly Monday - Saturday evening service from 19:00 and all day service on Sundays between Birmingham and Brownhills. Like sister service 56, this service runs express and does not stop in Newtown or at One Stop Shopping Centre. On journeys going into Birmingham it serves all stops in Perry Barr and Newtown. Service currently takes 55 minutes to complete. The unknown was proven, that currently ATZ Travel didnt accept Diamond Bus Freedom tickets. This service Was replaced by National Express West Midlands service 935A from October 2012.

Please see page uploaded on 18 April 2013 by Omnibus53

Current routeEdit

Service 56, Diamond Bus
  • Birmingham
  • Birmingham City University
  • Kingstanding
  • Aldridge
  • Brownhills High Street
  • Brownhills West

Service X56, Choice Travel Arriva Midlands started operating this service from 23 September 2012
  • Birmingham
  • Perry Barr, One Stop Shopping Centre
  • Birmingham City University
  • Kingstanding
  • Brownhills High Street
  • Ogley Hay
  • Chasetown
  • Burntwoood
  • Boney Hay

Service 56A, ATZ Travel

Service was replaced by National Express West Midlands on 21 October 2012

  • Birmingham
  • Birmingham City University
  • Kingstanding
  • Hundred Acre
  • Aldridge
  • Brownhills High Street
  • Brownhills West

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