A National Express Coventry bus in Travel Coventry branding
|Founded||9 December 2002|
(spun out of Travel West Midlands)
|Service area||Coventry and Warwickshire|
|Service type||Urban and interurban bus services|
|Destinations||Coventry, Bedworth, Kenilworth, Keresley Village and Leamington Spa|
|Operator||National Express Group|
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.
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'. became the new name for Travel Coventry.
An entire network review took place on the 26th February 2012, which resulted in frequency improvements on key corridors in the city. 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.
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.
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.
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.
The following table is a summary of the current passenger service fleet which totals 150 vehicles :
|Chassis||Bodywork||Quantity||Seating||Other Info||Typical routes||Image|
|Volvo B6LE||Wright Crusader||2||37||"Midi" compact single deck bus||3 3A|
|Mercedes-Benz O405N||Mercedes-Benz||43||43||Full sized single deck bus||2 3 3A 5 7 9 9A 16 16A 18 18A 42 (Sat)|
|Scania OmniLink K230UB||Scania||15||43||Full sized single deck bus||1 20 20A 20E|
|Dennis Trident 2 *||Alexander ALX400 or|
|47||75||Double 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|
|Volvo B7TL **||TransBus ALX400||10||74||Double deck bus|
|Volvo B7TL||Wright Eclipse Gemini||10||72||Double deck bus||13 13A|
|Alexander Dennis||Enviro400||13||77||Double deck bus||7 21|
|Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro||Mercedes-Benz||10||56||Articulated single deck bus (also called a "bendy bus" or "bendibus")||4 (Mon-Sat) 21 (Mon-Sat)|
|Volvo B7RLE||Wright Eclipse||23||43||Single deck bus||9 9A 20 20A 20E|
- 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. 1875 a Scania Omnilink single decker bus is named after Bernard Delaney a previous managing director of National Express Coventry.
Route List Edit
|1||Grey||Tile Hill||Brade Drive||Earlsdon, Coventry city centre, Binley Road, Stoke Hill, Wyken, Walsgrave Hospital||every 60 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime.|
|4||Rose Pink||Arena Retail Park||Walsgrave Hospital||Hen Lane, Holbrooks, Lockhurst Lane, Foleshill Road, Coventry city centre, Ball Hill, Stoke Hill, Wyken||every 15 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 30 minutes evenings and Sundays.|
|5||Royal Blue||Tile Hill||Arena Retail Park||Torrington Avenue, Herald Avenue, Earlsdon, Coventry city centre, Barker Butts Lane, Coundon, Jubilee Crescent, Foleshill Park, Lythalls Lane||every 30 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 60 minutes evenings and Sundays.|
|Pink||Tanyard Farm|| Little Heath (6)|
Victoria Farm (6A)
| Tile Hill Lane (6)|
Lower Eastern Green (6A), Jardine Crescent, Lime Tree Park, Hearsall Common, Coventry city centre, Hillfields, Stoke Heath, Courthouse Green, Little Heath, Alderman's Green (6A)
|every 10 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 30 minutes evenings and Sundays.|
|7||Royal Blue||Middlemarch Business Park||Brownshill Green||Coventry city centre||every 30 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 60 minutes evenings and Sundays.|
|Dark Red|| Walsgrave Triangle (8)|
Wood End (8A)
|Coventry railway station||Coventry city centre||every 15 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 30 minutes evenings and Sundays.|
|Dark Red|| Green Lane (9)|
|Walsgrave Hospital (9/9A) Green Lane|| Coventry city centre (9/(9A)|
Howes Lane (9C)
|every 15 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 30 minutes evenings and Sundays(9/9A).|
|10||Light Brown||Eastern Green||Bell Green||Coventry city centre||every 15 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 30 minutes evenings and Sundays.|
|Mauve|| Leamington Spa (11/11X)|
University of Warwick (12)
|Coventry (Pool Meadow Bus Station)||Earlsdon||every 5-30 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 20-60 minutes evenings and Sundays.|
|Black||Whitmore Park||Willenhall||Coventry city centre||every 10 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 30 minutes evenings and Sundays.|
|Yellow||Keresley||Walsgrave Hospital||Coventry city centre||every 10 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 30 minutes evenings and Sundays.|
|Peach|| Tile Hill (18/18A)|
Westwood Business Park (19)
|Coventry (Pool Meadow Bus Station)||Canley||every 15 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 60 minutes evenings and every 30 minutes Sundays.|
|Lime Green|| Bedworth (Johnson Road) (20)|
Oban Road (20E)
Bell Green (20A)
|Coventry city centre||Foleshill Road||every 5 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 15 minutes evenings and Sundays.|
|21||Orange||Wood End||Willenhall||Coventry city centre||every 8 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 30 minutes evenings and every 20 minutes Sundays.|
|Dark Green||Fenside||Allesley Park||Coventry city centre||every 10 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime, every 30 minutes evenings and Sundays.|
|42||Royal Blue||Coundon||Coventry (Pool Meadow Bus Station)||Holyhead Road||every 60 minutes Monday-Saturday shopping hours.|
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.
- ↑ National Express Group - "New brand, new name, new era"
- ↑ "New bus network is announced for Coventry"
- ↑ White, P. (2008) Public Transport - Its Planning, Management and Operation
- ↑ "New bus celebrates 100 years of travel in Coventry"