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9A - National Express Coventry bus - Station Square, Coventry (13725900145)

A National Express Coventry bus in the Light Blue and White Travel Coventry branding

Founded9 December 2002
(spun out of Travel West Midlands)
HeadquartersCoventry, England
LocaleCoventry
Service areaCoventry and Warwickshire
Service typeUrban and interurban bus services
DestinationsCoventry, Bedworth, Kenilworth, Keresley Village and Leamington Spa
Fleet150
OperatorNational Express Group
Chief executiveTom Stables
Web sitenxbus.co.uk/coventry/
Travel Coventry logo

The previous Travel Coventry logo.

National Express Coventry is the current trading name and brand name of West Midlands Travel Ltd (part of the National Express Group), a company which operates local bus services from its depot in the city of Coventry in the West Midlands County of England. The operating area is mainly within the Coventry urban area which is covered by Centro the West Midlands integrated transport authority in terms of public transport infrastructure and Warwickshire County Council. All other bus depots of National Express UK Bus in the West Midlands County operate under the name National Express West Midlands. National Express Coventry previously operated under the trading names of Travel Coventry, Travel West Midlands and West Midlands Travel.

HistoryEdit

In 26 October 1986 West Midlands Travel Ltd came into existence, and stems from the 1986 deregulation of the bus industry in England and Wales. It was previously the bus operations of the West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive (WMPTE) which had originally been the separate operations of the Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Walsall, West Bromwich and Coventry Corporations. Then from April 1995 the company was purchased by the National Express Group and in September 1996 was re-branded to trade under the name Travel West Midlands. On 9 December 2002 the Coventry depot attained a more local identity and began trading as Travel Coventry and from 4 February 2008 'National Express Coventry'.[1] became the new name for Travel Coventry.

Network ReviewEdit

An entire network review took place on the 26th February 2012, which resulted in frequency improvements on key corridors in the city[2]. Many routes were extensively revised or renumbered whilst there were some routes which were removed and others were introduced. The new network is designed to be simpler. Since then extensive service monitoring, reliability checks and public feedback have resulted in some further minor timing changes to some services to further improve the punctuality of services to their customers.

The new network is colour coded and the colours of routes are displayed on the network map and on timetables, the buses themselves are being route branded to match these colours. Route 21 is the first route to have the new route branding applied.

The previous network review was conducted on the 2nd April 2006.

Fare StructureEdit

A flat fare structure is in operation within the Coventry boundary; people can travel on almost all of its buses, and to almost everywhere on its network, for a fixed price. Graduated fares apply on route 11 & 11X to/from Kenilworth & Leamington Spa. As with some other urban operators, no change is given for security and speed of boarding[3].

A range of fares are available including singles and daysavers and their own travelcards which are available for 1 week, 4 week and 52 week periods of validity. Off-peak, evening and group tickets are also available. Also Network West Midlands multi-operator tickets are issued and accepted on the companies buses within the Coventry boundary and to/from Keresley.

CompetitionEdit

Other operators in Coventry include Travel de Courcey mainly operating orbital services around Coventry, Blue Diamond with two tendered routes, Johnson's of Henley-in-Arden and Stagecoach in Warwickshire with mainly inter-urban services.

Vehicle TypesEdit

The following table is a summary of the current passenger service fleet which totals 150 vehicles :

ChassisBodyworkQuantitySeatingOther InfoTypical routesImage
Volvo B6LEWright Crusader237"Midi" compact single deck bus 3 3A 7839383534 6e5ab62215 z
Mercedes-Benz O405NMercedes-Benz4343 Full sized single deck bus2 3 3A 5 7 9 9A 16 16A 18 18A 42 (Sat) Coventry travel bus32 27a07
Scania OmniLink K230UBScania1543 Full sized single deck bus 1 20 20A 20E
Dennis Trident 2 *Alexander ALX400 or
TransBus ALX400
4775Double deck bus -
23 of these have bodywork under the Alexander brand and 24 of these have bodywork under the TransBus brand (different only in name)
4 (Sun) 6 6A 8 8A 9C 10 11 11X 12 13 13A 16 16A 19 42 (Mon-Fri) 58 58A 59 101 771 772 Bus 13A 12u07
Volvo B7TL **TransBus ALX4001074Double deck bus
Volvo B7TLWright Eclipse Gemini1072Double deck bus13 13A Travel coventry no13 26l07
Alexander DennisEnviro4001377Double deck bus 7 21
Mercedes-Benz O530 CitaroMercedes-Benz1056 Articulated single deck bus (also called a "bendy bus" or "bendibus")4 (Mon-Sat) 21 (Mon-Sat) Travel coventry bendibus 13 26l07
Volvo B7RLEWright Eclipse2343Single deck bus9 9A 20 20A 20E

Table footnotes:

  • Two offside seats in front of stairs on upper deck otherwise similar to Volvo B7TL with TransBus ALX400 bodywork
    • Four offside seats in front of stairs on upper deck otherwise similar to Dennis Trident 2 chassis with Alexander ALX400 or TransBus ALX400 bodywork

Since July, 2009 all of National Express Coventry's buses are low floor.

Named/Special Buses Edit

4453 a Dennis Trident double decker bus is painted in Coventry Corporation colours to commemorate 100 years of Coventry Transport.[4] 1875 a Scania Omnilink single decker bus is named after Bernard Delaney a previous managing director of National Express Coventry.

Route Branding (Coventry)Edit

Number Branding From To Via Notes
4 Rose Pink Walsgrave Hospital Arena Tesco Supermarket (Retail Park) Wyken Belgrave Road./Clifford Bridge Rd., Burns Road Forum, Coventry City Centre Pool Meadow [U], Burnaby Rd & Hen Lane Rowleys Green Island every 15 mins Mon-Sat daytime, every 30 mins Mon-Sat eves & Sun daytime.
Arena Tesco Supermarket (Retail Park) Walsgrave Hospital Hen Lane Rowleys Green Island, Burnaby Rd, Coventry City Centre Pool Meadow [N], Burns Road Forum & Wyken Belgrave Road./Clifford Bridge Rd.
5 Royal Blue Arena Tesco Supermarket (Retail Park) Tile Hill South Torrington Avenue Lythalls Lane Bartlett Close, Jubilee Crescent, Norman Place Road, Westhill Road Cedars Island, Coventry City Centre Pool Meadow, Earlsdon City Arms & Canley Rd every 30 mins Mon-Sat daytime, every 60 mins Mon-Sat eves and Sun daytime. The eve jrnys operate between Arena Tesco Supermarket (Retail Park) & Canley Rd only
Tile Hill South Torrington Avenue Arena Tesco Supermarket (Retail Park) Canley Rd, Earlsdon City Arms, Coventry City Centre Pool Meadow, Westhill Road Cedars Island, Norman Place Road, Jubilee Crescent & Lythalls Lane Bartlett Close
7 Brownshill Green Coventry City Centre Pool Meadow Allesley Neale Avenue, Kingsbury Road & Westhill Road Cedars Island every 30 mins Mon-Sat daytime, every 60 mins Mon-Sat eves and Sun daytime.
6 Pink Little Heath Profitt Ave Tanyard Farm Swancroft Rd/Mercer Ave, Coventry City Centre Pool Meadow, Broad Ln Village Hotel & Tile Hill North Library every 20 mins Mon-Sat daytime, every 60 mins Mon-Sat eves and Sun daytime. But with service 6A or 6 every 10 mins.
Little Heath Profitt Ave Tanyard Farm Tile Hill North Library, Broad Ln Village Hotel, Coventry City Centre Pool Meadow & Swancroft Rd/Swan Lane
6A Victoria Farm Tanyard Farm Little Heath Profitt Ave, Swancroft Rd/Mercer Ave, Coventry City Centre Pool Meadow, Broad Ln Village Hotel, Tile Hill North Library & Broad Lane/Banner Lane
Tanyard Farm Victoria Farm Broad Lane/Banner Lane, Tile Hill North Library, Broad Ln Village Hotel, Coventry City Centre Pool Meadow, Swancroft Rd/Swan Lane & Little Heath Profitt Ave
8 Dark Brown Walsgrave Triangle Parkway Island Coventry railway station [SC] Potters Green Ringwood Highway, Walsgrave Church, Burns Road Forum & Coventry City Centre Pool Meadow [R] every 30 mins Mon-Sat daytime, every 60 mins Mon-Sat eves and Sun daytime. But with services 8A/9/9A every 7/8 mins Mon-Sat daytime between Coventry City Centre Pool Meadow [R] & [[Coventry railway station] and vice-versa.
Coventry railway station Walsgrave Triangle Parkway Island Coventry City Centre Pool Meadow [P], Burns Road Forum, Walsgrave Church & Potters Green Ringwood Highway
8A Wood End Hillmorton Road Coventry railway station [SC] Potters Green Ringwood Highway, Walsgrave Church, Burns Road Forum, Coventry City Centre Pool Meadow [R]
Coventry railway station Wood End Hillmorton Road Coventry City Centre Pool Meadow [P], Burns Road Forum, Walsgrave Church & Potters Green Ringwood Highway
9 Walsgrave Hospital Wainbody Leasowes Avenue (Green Lane) Burns Road Forum, Coventry City Centre Pool Meadow [R], Coventry railway station [SG] & Finham Brentwood Ave Shops
Wainbody Leasowes Avenue (Green Lane) Walsgrave Hospital Finham Park School, Finham Brentwood Ave Shops, Coventry railway station Coventry City Centre Pool Meadow [P] & Burns Road Forum
9A Walsgrave Hospital Wainbody Leasowes Avenue (Green Lane) Burns Road Forum, Coventry City Centre Pool Meadow [R], Coventry railway station [SG] & Mantilla Drive/Chideock Hill
Wainbody Leasowes Avenue (Green Lane) Walsgrave Hospital Mantilla Drive/Chideock Hill, Coventry railway station, Coventry City Centre Pool Meadow [P] & Burns Road Forum
10 Light Brown Bell Green Eastern Green Henley Green Winston Ave, Sewall Highway Devonshire Arms, Coventry City Centre Pool Meadow [J] & Maudsley Road The Maudsley every 15 mins Mon-Sat daytime, every 30 mins Mon-Sat eves and Sun daytime.
Bell Green Eastern Green Maudsley Road The Maudsley, Coventry City Centre Pool Meadow [N], Barras Green Flats, Sewall Highway Devonshire Arms & Henley Green Winston Ave
11 Purple Crown Hotel Royal Leamington Spa Coventry City Centre Pool Meadow (Bus Station) Upper Parade, Kenilworth Clock, University of Warwick Bus Interchange, Earlsdon City Arms & Coventry railway station every 30 mins Mon-Sat daytime, but with service 11U every 15 mins Mon-Sat daytime (between Uni & City Centre), Mon-Sat eves & Sun daytime every 30 mins (11 only on Sun).
11U University of Warwick Bus Interchange Coventry City Centre Pool Meadow (Bus Station) Earlsdon City Arms & Coventry railway station every 30 mins Mon-Sat daytime, but with service 11 every 15 mins.
12X University of Warwick Bus Interchange Coventry City Centre Pool Meadow (Bus Station) Coventry railway station every 15 mins Mon-Sat daytime, every 30 mins Mon-Sat eves and Sun daytime. Evening jrnys operate as a circular from Coventry Pool Meadow-Uni of Warwick-Prior Dream Walk-Uni of Warwick-Coventry Pool Meadow.
13 Black Whitmore Park Willenhall Remembrance Road Jubilee Crescent Cheveral Ave, Coventry City Centre Hales Street, Bromleigh Drive & Willenhall LN./Brandon Rd. every 10 mins Mon-Sat daytime, every 30 mins eves and Suns.
Willenhall Remembrance Road Whitmore Park Willenhall Ln./Brandon Rd., Bromleigh Drive, Coventry City Centre Burges & Jubilee Crescent
13A Whitmore Park Willenhall Remembrance Road Jubilee Crescent Cheveral Ave, Coventry City Centre Hales Street, Bromleigh Drive, Willenhall LN./Brandon Rd. & Herald Way Binley Trading Estate Mon-Fri morning jrnys peaks only.
Willenhall Remembrance Road Whitmore Park Herald Way Binley Trading Estate, Willenhall Ln./Brandon Rd., Bromleigh Drive, Coventry City Centre Burges & Jubilee Crescent Mon-Fri eve jrnys peaks only.
16 Yellow Warwickshire Shopping Park Keresley Village Stoke Aldermoor Jasmine Grove, Humber Road/Terry Road, Coventry City Centre Burges & Keresley Road Shepherd every 20 mins Mon-Sat daytime, but with service 16A every 10 mins Mon-Sat daytime. Sun daytime jrnys every hour.
Keresley Village Warwickshire Shopping Park Keresley Road Shepherd, Coventry City Centre Hales Street, Humber Road/Terry Road & Stoke Aldermoor Jasmine Grove
16A Warwickshire Shopping Park Keresley Village Stoke Aldermoor Jasmine Grove, Bolingbrooke Road, Coventry City Centre Burges & Keresley Road Shepherd every 20 mins Mon-Sat daytime, but with service 16 every 10 mins Mon-Sat daytime. Sun daytime jrnys every hour.
Keresley Village Warwickshire Shopping Park Keresley Road Shepherd, Coventry City Centre Hales Street, Bolingbrooke Road & Stoke Aldermoor Jasmine Grove
18 Peach Tile Hill South Torrington Avenue Coventry City Centre (Pool Meadow Bus Station) Canley Bradney Green, Canley Prior Dream Walk & Broad Ln Village Hall every 30 mins Mon-Sun daytime, but with service 18A every 15 mins (Mon-Sat daytime) only. Mon-Sun eve irregular frequency (18:00 & 18:48 Mon-Sat & 18:12) then hourly from 19:42 (18 only) Mon-Sat 18:42 (18 only) Sun only (towards City), Mon-Sat eve (18 only) hourly from 19:12 & Sun (18 only) hourly from 18:12 (towards Tile Hill).
Coventry City Centre (Pool Meadow Bus Station) Tile Hill South Torrington Avenue Broad Ln Village Hall, Canley Prior Dream Walk & Canley Bradney Green
18A Tile Hill South Torrington Avenue Coventry City Centre (Pool Meadow Bus Station) Canley Bradney Green, Canley Prior Dream Walk & Cannon Park Shops
Coventry City Centre (Pool Meadow Bus Station) Tile Hill South Torrington Avenue Coventry railway station (three morning jrnys only operate via this stop) , Cannon Park Shops, Canley Prior Dream Walk & Canley Bradney Green
19 Westwood Business Park Coventry City Centre (Pool Meadow Bus Station) Broad Ln Village Hall Mon-Fri eve peak jrnys only between 16:10 (4:10pm) & 18:10 (6:10pm) every 30 mins Mon-Fri eves only.
Coventry City Centre (Pool Meadow Bus Station) Westwood Business Park Broad Ln Village Hall Mon-Fri morning peak jrnys only between 6:52am & 8:22am roughly every 30 mins Mon-Fri mornings only.
20 Lime Green Bedworth Mill Street Coventry City Centre Trinity Street Bayton Road Shearings (evening peak jrnys only), Longford & Old Church Rd every 10 mins Mon-Sat daytime, but with services 20A & 20E roughly every 5 mins Mon-Sat daytime & roughly every 15 mins Sun daytime (20 & 20A) between Old Church Rd & Trinity Street.
Coventry City Centre Trinity Street Bedworth Mill Street Old Church Rd, Longford, Bayton Road Shearings (morning peak jrnys only), Bedworth Mill Street & Bedworth Johnson Rd./Wootton St Island
20A Walsgrave Hospital Coventry City Centre Trinity St Bell Green Riley Square & Old Church Rd every 30 mins Mon-Sun daytime, but with services 20 & 20E roughly every 5 mins Mon-Sat daytime & roughly every 15 mins Sun daytime (20 & 20A) between Old Church Rd & Trinity Street.
Coventry City Centre Trinity St Walsgrave Hospital Old Church Rd & Bell Green Riley Square [BD]
20E Oban Road Woodshires Rd Coventry City Centre Trinity Street Longford & Old Church Rd Mon-Sat irregular daytime frequency, but with services 20 & 20A roughly every 5 mins Mon-Sat (20/20A/20E) daytime between Old Church Rd & Trinity Street. Does not operate on Sun.
Coventry City Centre Trinity Street Oban Road Woodshires Rd Old Church Rd & Longford
21 Orange Wood End Hillmorton Road Willenhall Remembrance Road Bell Green Riley Square, Gallagher Retail Park, Coventry City Centre Trinity Street, New Union Street & Whitley Riverside Cl every 10 mins Mon-Sat daytime, every 30 mins Mon-Sun eves and every 20 mins Sun daytime.
Willenhall Remembrance Road Wood End Hillmorton Road Whitley Riverside Cl, Quadrant, Coventry City Centre Hales Street, Gallagher Retail Park & Bell Green Riley Square
23 Dark Green Fenside Charminster Drive Allesley Park Black Prince Avenue Arundel Road, Coventry City Centre Burges & Maudsley Road The Maudsley Mon-Sat daytime jrnys every 20 mins, Mon-Sat daytime jrnys with service 23A operate every 10 mins along the route. Mon-Sat eve and Sun daytime/eve jrnys every hour, Mon-Sat eve & Sun daytime/eve jrnys with service 23A every 30 mins. All buses on Mon-Sun daytime will operate between Fenside & Allesley Park, but Mon-Sun eve operate Fenside-City and vice-versa only.
23A Fenside Charminster Drive Allesley Park West Orchard Church/Baginton Rd Shops, Black Prince Avenue Arundel Road, Coventry City Centre Burges & Maudsley Road The Maudsley Mon-Sat daytime jrnys every 20 mins, Mon-Sat daytime jrnys with service 23 operate every 10 mins along the route. Mon-Sat eve and Sun daytime/eve jrnys every hour, Mon-Sat eve & Sun daytime/eve jrnys with service 23 every 30 mins. All buses will operate between Fenside & Allesley Park and vice-verse only.

PrimeLines Edit

PrimeLines is a partnership between National Express Coventry, other bus operators, Coventry City Council and Centro to deliver high quality bus corridors in Coventry complete with real-time information, bus priority schemes and modern buses.

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