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National Express West Midlands
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Route 33

National Express West Midlands Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 double decker bus with route 33 branding in April 2013

Parent companyNational Express Group
Founded26 October 1986 (West Midlands Travel Ltd)
HeadquartersBirmingham
Service areaWest Midlands County
Service typeUrban bus services
AllianceNational Express Coventry
FleetJust under 1600
OperatorNXWM
Chief executiveTom Stables
Web sitenxbus.co.uk
West midlands travel bus 26l07

4425, a Dennis Trident 2/Alexander ALX400 in the old Travel West Midlands livery

National Express West Midlands (NXWM), is the trade name of West Midlands Travel Ltd (part of the National Express Group), a company which operates bus services in the cities of Birmingham, and Wolverhampton, as well as the Metropolitan Boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull and Walsall in the West Midlands County of England, and some adjacent areas. It is one of the largest bus operators in Great Britain, and the largest in the West Midlands area[1]. The operator carries approximately 1 million passengers every day [2]

HistoryEdit

West Midlands Travel Ltd came into existence on 26 October 1986, as part of the deregulation of the bus industry in England and Wales. It was previously the bus operations of the West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive (WMPTE).

West Midlands Travel remained in public ownership under the West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority until December 1991, when it was sold to its management and employees.

In April 1995, the company was purchased by the National Express Group, and rebranded as Travel West Midlands in September 1996. On 9 December 2002, the Coventry services were rebranded Travel Coventry.

The former Travel Your Bus and Travel Merry Hill subsidiaries have been merged into the main fleet.

In February 2008 as part of a rebranding of all National Express subsidiaries it was renamed National Express West Midlands.[3] The Coventry service was rebranded as National Express Coventry.

The current red and white is the sixth livery to be used by the company. A seventh livery of crimson and maroon is being introduced from 2015 starting with Birmingham routes 9 and 50.

Previously, the company and its predecessors have operated garages in Stourbridge, Dudley, Merry Hill Shopping Centre (Part of Travel Merry Hill), Harts Hill, Sutton Coldfield, Hockley, Cotteridge, Selly Oak, Washwood Heath and Quinton.

The Dudley garage closed on 28 August 1993 to make way for the Dudley Southern By-Pass (which opened in 1999) and was replaced, along with the former Travel Merry Hill depot, by the depot at Pensnett.

In July 2010, NXWM closed its Lea Hall depot.

National Express West Midlands aimed for the whole fleet to be low floor by March 2010.[4] This was achieved in July 2010, with the withdrawal of the final MCW Metrobuses in operation at Acocks Green garage.[5]

TicketingEdit

A two-tier flat fare structure is in operation within the West Midlands county boundary; there is a standard single fare for any distance and a cheaper short-hop fare. Cash fares can be bought from the driver on the bus, but as with some other urban operators, no change is given for security and speed of boarding[6]. Child fares are available at half the adult cost. Graduated fares apply on some services outside the West Midlands.

Daysaver tickets can also be purchased from the driver, which allows unlimited travel on all NXWM services for the whole day. Selected services have special daily and weekly return tickets available.

Various types of tickets are sold in advance (off-bus), for varying periods from 1 day to 1 year, covering different parts of (or the complete) operating area. The all day Daysaver ticket, also available on-bus, includes NXWM routes running outside the West Midlands County (where single fares are sometimes higher) and services operated by sister company, National Express Coventry.

NXWM generally increases fares at least once a year, with January the month of choice. Fares were increased at the start of 2016 with most fares increasing by 10p.

Senior citizens (aged 60 or over) and disabled persons are eligible for free concessionary travel pass in a similar fashion to that offered in other areas. Following successful trials in Yardley Wood of the new 'Smart' system for Concessionary Travel Pass holders, smart-card technology has now been introduced on all NXWM buses[2]. An early-bird add-on ticket can be purchased to extend the concession to cover weekday travel within the West Midlands county before 09:30.

On-bus ticketing systems and point of sale units are supplied by Parkeon.

RoutesEdit

Main article: List of National Express West Midlands Bus Routes

Routes of significance include: Route 11 which forms the Birmingham Outer Circle is a roughly circular, 27 mile (43 km) bus route in Birmingham, England (a small section crosses into Sandwell). It mainly follows the city's outer ring road, the A4040. Operating as routes 11A and 11C, it is the longest urban bus route in Europe[7][8]. Route 50 which is one of the most frequent bus services in the UK outside London and it is often suggested that it is one of the most frequent in Europe. Britain's first low floor double decker bus operated on this route. Route 65 was the first bus route in the UK to operate on a Guided Busway. Route 97 which now operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - the night service began on the 24th March 2013[9] making it the first regular night bus service in Birmingham for several years. Previously Birmingham had been one of the largest cities in Europe without a night bus operation.

Many routes can be traced back to the days of municipal operation but network reviews have resulted in major changes to the route numbering in recent years.

Route Branding (West Midlands-Birmingham/Sandwell/Solihull/Walsall & Wolverhampton)Edit

The latest route branding uses a variety of colours to differentiate routes to make it easier to see buses operating on a particular route. It is now easier to identify high frequency routes as these are generally the routes which are being branded. On some corridors routes are grouped together in the same colour scheme where they are operated with the same buses. The Platinum branded routes additionally operate in an all over silver & grey livery and route 1 and the Harborne route in an all over light green and white livery (Hybrid Electric buses).

So far routes which have been branded in the new scheme are as follows:

BU04BKF Working On 89 To Wolverhampton

BU04BKG Working On 77 To Sutton Coldfield

BU04BKJ Working On 37 To Willenhall

BV57XJC Working On 51 To Birmingham

Number Branding From To Via Notes
1 Red Dudley Bus Station Tettenhall Wood Mill Lane Burton Road Bishop Milner School, Sedgley Dudley Street, Wolverhampton Rd E Dudding Rd, Wolverhampton Bilston Street & Tettenhall Road Halfway House every 7 mins Mon-Sat daytime.
Tettenhall Wood Mill Lane Dudley Bus Station Tettenhall Road Halfway House, Wolverhampton Bus Station, Wolverhampton Rd E Parkfield Rd, Sedgley Dudley Street & Burton Road Bishop Milner School
2 Blue Warstones (East Croft Road/Enville Road) Bushbury Hill Old Fallings Lane Penn Fields Birches Barn Road, Wolverhampton Bus Station & Park Lane Bus Garage every 8 minutes Mon-Sat daytime.
3 Yellow Castlecroft (Castlecroft Hotel) Fordhouses Broadlands Finchfield Gardens, Wolverhampton Market St & Stafford Road Oxley Moor Rd both every 15 minutes Mon-Sat daytime. With service 4 roughly every 9 mins Mon-Sat daytimes.
Fordhouses Broadlands Castlecroft (Castlecroft Hotel) Stafford Road Three Tuns Lane, Stafford Road Greenwood Rd (Gatehouse), Wolverhampton Lichfield St & Finchfield Gardens
4 Spring Hill Springhill Lane I54 Site Moog Bradmore Inn, Wolverhampton Market Street, Rakegate Elmdon Rd./Probert Rd. & Pendeford Whitburn Close both every 15 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime. With service 3 roughly every 9 mins Mon-Sat daytimes.
I54 Site Moog Spring Hill Springhill Lane Rakegate Probert Rd./Elmdon Rd., Stafford Road Greenwood Rd (Gatehouse), Wolverhampton Lichfield St & Bradmore Inn
4 White Blackheath Oldbury Road Walsall Bradford Place (Bus Station) Oldbury Interchange, West Bromwich Bus Station & Stone Cross Hall Green Road every 6 minutes Mon-Sat daytime with service 4H & 4M. Diamond Bus (West Midlands) also operate a service as route 4
Walsall Bradford Place (Bus Station) Blackheath Oldbury Road Stone Cross opp. Stone Cross Pub, West Bromwich Bus Station & Oldbury Interchange
4H Hayley Green Lutley Lane Walsall Bradford Place (Bus Station) Halesowen Bus Station, Blackheath Oldbury Road, Oldbury Interchange, West Bromwich Bus Station & Stone Cross Hall Green Road every 6 minutes Mon-Sat daytime with service 4 & 4M. Every 30 mins on its own. Diamond Bus (West Midlands) also operate a service as route 4H.
Walsall Bradford Place (Bus Station) Hayley Green Lutley Lane Stone Cross opp. Stone Cross Pub, West Bromwich Bus Station, Oldbury Interchange, Blackheath Halesowen Street & Halesowen Bus Station
4M Merry Hill Bus Station (Merry Hill Shopping Centre) Walsall Bradford Place (Bus Station) Cradley Heath Interchange, Rowley Regis Hospital, Blackheath Oldbury Road, Oldbury Interchange, West Bromwich Bus Station & Stone Cross Hall Green Road every 6 minutes Mon-Sat daytime with service 4 & 4H. Every 30 mins on its own.
Walsall Bradford Place (Bus Station) Merry Hill Bus Station (Merry Hill Shopping Centre) Stone Cross opp. Stone Cross Pub, West Bromwich Bus Station, Oldbury Interchange, Blackheath Halesowen Street, Rowley Regis Hospital & Cradley Heath Interchange
5 Light Green Codsall Bakers Way Wolverhampton Bus Station Bilbrook Rail Station, Whitmore Reans Harden Grove & Dunstall Hill Five Ways Codsall Clipper (Re-branded to just service 5/5A) every 30 mins Mon-Sat daytime.
Wolverhampton Bus Station Codsall Bakers Way Waterloo Road Five Ways, Whitmore Reans Harden & Bilbrook Rail Station
5A Codsall Bakers Way Wolverhampton Bus Station Bilbrook Rail Station, Whitmore Reans Harden Grove & Dunstall Hill Five Ways Codsall Clipper (Re-branded to just service 5/5A), Mon-Fri daytime jrnys between 9:03am & 17:11 (5:11pm) & Sat daytime jrnys between 9:03am & 16:33 (4:33pm).
Wolverhampton Bus Station Codsall Bakers Way Waterloo Road Five Ways, Whitmore Reans Harden Grove & Bilbrook Rail Station Codsall Clipper (Re-branded to just service 5/5A), Mon-Fri daytime jrnys between 8:38am & 16:15 (4:15pm) & Sat daytime jrnys between 9:40am & 16:10 (4:10pm).
6 Orange Wobaston Patshull Avenue Wolverhampton Bus Station I54 Site, Pendeford Whitburn Close, Pendeford Avenue Cheam Gardens & Whitmore Reans Harden Grove every 10 minutes Mon-Sat daytime.
Wolverhampton Bus Station Wobaston Patshull Avenue Whitmore Reans Harden Grove, Green Lane Pendeford Avenue, Pendeford Whitburn Close & I54 Site
6A Wobaston Patshull Avenue Wolverhampton Bus Station I54 Site, Pendeford Business Park, Pendeford Whitburn Close, Pendeford Avenue Cheam Gardens & Whitmore Reans Harden Grove Mon-Fri daytime jrnys between 15:40 (3:40pm) & 18:24 (6:24pm) & Sat daytime jrnys between 12:05pm & 13:25 (1:25pm).
Wolverhampton Bus Station Wobaston Patshull Avenue Whitmore Reans Harden Grove, Green Lane Pendeford Avenue, Pendeford Whitburn Close, Pendeford Business Park & I54 Site Mon-Fri daytime jrnys between 6:20am & 9:10am & Sat daytime jrnys between 6:35am & 8:45am.
7 Purple Birmingham Livery St (Snow Hill Interchange) Perry Common Court Lane Aston Six Ways, Witton Square & College Road Hawthorn Road every 10 mins Mon-Sat daytime.
9 Green Stourbridge Bus Station Birmingham Colmore Row (Snow Hill Interchange) Lye Cross Providence Street, Halesowen Bus Station, Quinton Perry Hill Lane & Bearwood Kings Head every 7-8 mins Mon-Sat daytime.
Birmingham Colmore Row (Snow Hill Interchange) Stourbridge Bus Station Bearwood Kings Head, Quinton Ridgeway Avenue, Halesowen Bus Station & Lye Cross Pedmore Road
10 Pink Wolverhampton Bus Station Compton Square, Perton Coleridge Drive (Sainsburys Store) & Compton Square every 30 mins Mon-Saturday daytime.
10 Pink Walsall Bus Station (St Pauls) Rushall Library, Walsall Wood Streets Corner, Brownhills Smithys Forge, Chasetown Clock, Burntwood White Swan, Chasetown Clock, Brownhills Smithys Forge, Walsall Wood Street Corner & Rushall Lichfield Road every 20 mins Mon-Sat daytime, with service 10A every 10 mins Mon-Sat daytime.
10A Brownhills West Rising Sun Walsall Bus Station (St Pauls) Brownhills Smithys Forge, Coppice Road Maybrook Road & Rushall Lichfield Road every 20 mins Mon-Sat daytime, with service 10 every 10 mins Mon-Sat daytime.
Walsall Bus Station (St Pauls) Brownhills West Rising Sun Rushall Library & Coppice Road Maybrook Road
11A Yellow Acocks Green Westley Road Yardley Yew Tree, Wards End Fox & Goose, Tyburn Road, Erdington Six Ways, Marsh Hill Gipsy Lane, Perry Barr Crown and Cushion, Handsworth Soho Road, Dudley Road Summerfield Park, Bearwood Hagley Road, Harborne War Lane, Selly Oak Sainsburys, Cotteridge Watford Road, Kings Heath Church & Colebank Road Sarehole Mill every 10 mins Mon-Sat daytime. (Birmingham Outer Circle-anti-clockwise)
11C Acocks Green Westley Road Acocks Green Westley Road Colebank Road Sarehole Mill, Kings Heath Church, Cotteridge Watford Road, Selly Oak Sainsburys, Harborne War Lane, Bearwood Sandon Road, Aberdeen Street City Hospital, Handsworth Soho Road, Perry Barr Crown and Cushion, Marsh Hill Gipsy Lane, Erdington Six Ways, Stechford Flaxley Road & Yardley Swan Island every 10 mins Mon-Sat daytime. (Birmingham Outer Circle-clockwise)
14 Blue Chelmsley Wood Yorkminster Dr Bluebell Dr Birmingham Priory Q’way (Bull St/Priory Q’way interchange) Chelmsley Interchange, St Giles Rd after island, Burnley Lane Station Rd & Saltley Adderley Road every 8/9 mins Mon-Sat daytime.
Birmingham Priory Q’way (Bull St/Priory Q’way interchange) Chelmsley Wood Yorkminster Dr Bluebell Dr Saltley Adderley Road, Stechford Harrowfield Rd, St Giles Rd before island & Chelmsley Interchange every 8/9 mins Mon-Sat daytime.
16 Orange Birmingham Upper Dean St (Markets) Hamstead Green Lane Birmingham Priory Q’way (Bull St/Priory Q’way Interchange), Hockley Circus & Handsworth Park Gates every 8 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime. Diamond Bus (West Midlands) also operates a service as route 16
17 Yellow Tile Cross Bell Lane Birmingham Moor St Queensway (Interchange) Stoney Lane & Hawkes Street every 7-8 mins Mon-Sat daytime.
Birmingham Moor St Queensway (Interchange) Tile Cross Bell Lane Eversley Road & Yew Tree Lane
(Harborne) 22 Red Woodgate Wood Lane Birmingham Colmore Circus (Snow Hill Interchange) Kitwell Harlech Close, California Banes Hill, Harborne Serpentine Rd & Five Ways Broad Street every 15 minutes Mon-Sat daytime. With service 23 every 7/8 mins to Harborne
Birmingham Colmore Circus (Snow Hill Interchange) Woodgate Wood Lane Smallbrook Queensway, Five Ways Calthorpe Road, Harborne Lordswood Road, California Ullswater Close & Kitwell Harlech Close
(Harborne) 23 Woodgate Wood Lane Birmingham Colmore Circus (Snow Hill Interchange) California Barnes Hill, Harborne Serpentine Rd & Five Ways Broad Street
Birmingham Colmore Circus (Snow Hill Interchange) Woodgate Wood Lane Smallbrook Queensway, Five Ways Calthorpe Road, Harborne Lordswood Road & California Ullswater Close
28 Yellow Heartlands Hospital Great Barr Scott Arms Ward End Fox & Goose, Chester Road The Bagot, Erdington Six Ways, Short Heath Streetly Road, Hawthorn Rd Kingstanding Rd, Dyas Road Glenmead Road & Perry Beeches Hassop Road every 12 mins Mon-Sat daytime.
Great Barr Scott Arms Heartlands Hospital Tower Hill Beeches Road, Perry Beeches Hassop Road, Dyas Road Glenmead Road, Hawthorn Rd Kingstanding Rd, Short Heath Streetly Road, Erdington Six Ways, Chester Road The Bagot & Ward End Fox & Goose
33 Light Green Birmingham Lower Bull Street (Bull St/Priory Q‘way Interchange) Pheasey Church Aston Six Ways, Perry Barr Wellhead Lane, Warren Farm Rd Hawthorn Rd & Kingstanding Police Station every 10 mins Mon-Sat daytime.
Pheasey Church Birmingham Lower Bull Street (Bull St/Priory Q‘way Interchange) Kingstanding Kings Road, Kingstanding Rd Hawthorn Rd, Perry Barr Wellhead Lane & Aston Six Ways
35 Royal Blue Hawksley Shannon Rd Turning Circ Birmingham Moor Street (Interchange) Parsons Hill Monyhull Hall Rd, Kings Heath Vicarage Road, Moseley Village & Longmore St/Balsall Heath Rd every 10 mins Mon-Sat daytime
Birmingham Moor Street (Interchange) Hawksley Shannon Rd Turning Circ Longmore St/Balsall Heath Rd, Moseley Village, Kings Heath Vicarage Road & Parsons Hill Bells Lane
37 Pink Solihull Rail Station Birmingham High St (Bull St/Priory Q’way Interchange) Solihull Town Centre, Acocks Green Village & Sparkbrook Stoney Lane every 5 mins Mon-Sat daytime.
Birmingham High St (Bull St/Priory Q’way Interchange) Solihull Rail Station Sparkbrook Stoney Lane & Acocks Green Village
Pershore Road (45) Orange Bristol Rd Sth B’ville Col (Longbridge) Birmingham Carrs Lane (Moor St Interchange) West Heath Alvechurch Rd, Kings Norton Station (Cotteridge) & Edgbaston Priory Road every 10 mins Mon-Fri daytime and ever 12 mins Sat daytime.
Birmingham Carrs Lane (Moor St Interchange) Bristol Rd Sth B’ville Col (Longbridge) Edgbaston Priory Road, Kings Norton Station (Cotteridge) & West Heath Alvechurch Rd
Pershore Road (47) Cofton Parsonage Drive (Cofton Hackett) Birmingham Carrs Lane (Moor St Interchange) Turves Green Moorpark Rd, Kings Norton Station (Cotteridge) & Edgbaston Priory Road
Birmingham Carrs Lane (Moor St Interchange) Cofton Parsonage Drive (Cofton Hackett) Edgbaston Priory Road, Kings Norton Station (Cotteridge) & Turves Green Moorpark Rd
50 Blue Druids Heath Birmingham Moor Street (Moor Street Interchange) Maypole, Alcester Lanes End, Kings Heath Institute Rd, Moseley Village & Moseley Road/Highgate Road every 4-5 mins Mon-Sat daytime.
24-hour service.
Birmingham Moor Street (Moor Street Interchange) Druids Heath Moseley Road/Highgate Road, Moseley Village, Kings Heath Addison Rd, Alcester Lanes End & Maypole
51 Blue Walsall (St Pauls) Bus Station Birmingham Lower Bull Street (Bull St/Priory Q’way Interchange) Walstead Road Bell Inn, Great Barr Scott Arms, Walsall Road Cliveden Avenue & Aston Six Ways every 10 mins Mon-Sat daytime.
Birmingham Lower Bull Street (Bull St/Priory Q’way Interchange) Walsall (St Pauls) Bus Station Aston Six Ways, Perry Barr One Stop Shopping Centre, Great Barr Scott Arms & Walstead Road Bell Inn
54 Yellow Stafford Gaol Square [ST1] Wolverhampton Bus Station Stafford Railway Station, Dunston School Lane (lay-by), Penkridge Crown Bridge, Gailey Spread Eagle (after island), Coven Post Office, I54 Site Jaguar Land Rover, I54 Site Moog & Pendeford Business Park every 1hr but with service 154 between I54 Site Jaguar Land Rover every 30 mins Mon-Sat daytime & operates in conjunction with service 154 between I54 and Wolverhampton.
Wolverhampton Bus Station Stafford Gaol Square [ST1] Pendeford Business Park, I54 Site Moog, I54 Site Jaguar Land Rover, Coven Post Office, Gailey Spread Eagle, Penkridge Crown Bridge & Dunston School Lane (lay-by)
154 Hednesford Victoria Road [S2] Wolverhampton Bus Station Cannock Bus Station [ST1], Cheslyn Hay New Horse Road, Featherstone The Avenue (South Cst), I54 Site Jaguar Land Rover, I54 Site Moog & Pendeford Business Park every 1hr but with service 54 every 30 mins Mon-Sat daytime between I54 and Wolverhampton & operates in conjunction with service 54. Service 154 will be withdrawn after operation on Saturday 3rd February 2018.
Wolverhampton Bus Station Hednesford Victoria Road [S2] Pendeford Business Park, I54 Site Moog, I54 Site Jaguar Land Rover, Featherstone The Avenue (South Cst), Cheslyn Hay New Horse Road & Cannock Bus Station [ST7]
59 Light Green Wolverhampton Bus Station New Cross Hospital Entrance, Wednesfield Wood End Road, Ashmore Park Ashmore Inn, Ashmore Park Higgs Road, The Albion Lichfield Road & New Cross Hospital Entrance every 5 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime.
(Soho Road) 74 Blue Dudley Bus Station Birmingham Old Square/Colmore Circus (Snow Hill Interchange) Dudley Port Rail Station, Great Bridge Market Place, West Bromwich Bus Station (alternate daytime jrnys start here. Also jrnys at 00:30 (12:30am), 1:30am, 2:30am & 3:30am will extend to start at Carters Green Clock.), The Hawthorns Middlemore Rd, Handsworth Boulton Rd & Hockley Circus Soho Hill every 10 mins Mon-Sat daytime.
Birmingham Old Square/Colmore Circus (Snow Hill Interchange) Dudley Bus Station Hockley Circus Soho Hill, Handsworth Boulton Rd, The Hawthorns Middlemore Rd, West Bromwich Bus Station (alternate daytime jrnys terminate here), Carters Green Clock (jrnys at 1am, 2am, 3am & 4am terminate here), Great Bridge Interchange & Dudley Port Rail Station
80 Purple West Bromwich Bus Station Birmingham Upper Dean Street (Markets) West Smethwick West Cross, Smethwick Regent Street, Portland Road Selsey Road, Summerfield Park & Five Ways Islington Row every 20 mins Mon-Sat daytime, but with service 80A every 10 mins Mon-Sat daytime.
Birmingham Upper Dean Street (Markets) West Bromwich Bus Station Five Ways Broadway Plaza, Summerfield Park, Cape Hill Windmill Shopping Cen, Smethwick Regent Street & West Smethwick West Cross
80A West Bromwich Bus Station Birmingham Upper Dean Street (Markets) West Smethwick West Cross, Smethwick Regent Street, Portland Road Selsey Road, Summerfield Park & Five Ways Islington Row
Birmingham Upper Dean Street (Markets) West Bromwich Bus Station Five Ways Broadway Plaza, Summerfield Park, Cape Hill Windmill Lane, Smethwick Regent Street & West Smethwick West Cross
82 Pink Bearwood Bus Station Birmingham The Square Peg (Bull St/Priory Q’way Interchange Cape Hill before Grove Lane & Spring Hill Island Summer Hill Rd every 10 mins Mon-Sat daytime, but with service 87 it operates every 5 mins between Cape Hill & Birmingham.
Birmingham The Square Peg (Bull St/Priory Q’way Interchange Bearwood Bus Station Colmore Row (Snow Hill Interchange), Spring Hill Island Tesco & Cape Hill Grove Lane
87 Dudley Bus Station Birmingham The Square Peg (Bull St/Priory Q’way Interchange) Tividale Park, Oldbury Interchange, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Cape Hill before Grove Lane & Spring Hill Island Summer Hill Rd
Birmingham The Square Peg (Bull St/Priory Q’way Interchange) Dudley Bus Station Colmore Row (Snow Hill Interchange), Spring Hill Island Tesco, Cape Hill Grove Lane, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Oldbury Interchange & Tividale Park
97 Royal Blue Chelmsley Wood Coleshill Heath Rd Birmingham Moor St Q’way (Moor Street Interchange) Chelmsley Wood Interchange, Tile Cross Shirestone Road, Stechford Richmond Road & Great Barr Street Derby St every 6 mins Mon-Sat daytime, Sun daytimes every 10 mins.
24-Hour Service.
101 Silver Birmingham Colmore Row (Snow Hill Interchange) Oxhill Road The Leverets Warstone Lane Clock, Willes Road & Grove Lane Church Lane every 10 minutes Mon-Sat daytime, Sun daytime every 15 mins.
222 Turquoise Merry Hill Bus Station (Shopping Centre) Dudley Bus Station Brockmoor Community Centre, Russells Hall Hospital & Russells Hall Post Office every 20 mins Mon-Sun daytime.
301 & 301E Royal Blue Mossley Eagle Walsall (St Pauls) Bus Station Bloxwich Wolverhampton Road every 6 minutes Mon-Sat daytime (301), but with service 302 (every 12 mins) roughly every 3 mins Mon-Sat daytime between Bloxwich & Walsall.
Walsall (St Pauls) Bus Station [E] Mossley Eagle NXWM Bus Garage & Bloxwich Wolverhampton Road
302 Walsall (St Pauls) Bus Station [F] Walsall (St Pauls) Bus Station [F] NXWM Bus Garage, Bloxwich Park, Lower Farm Buxton Road & Bloxwich Wolverhampton Road every 12 mins Mon-Sat daytime, but with service 301 roughly every 3 mins Mon-Sat daytime between Bloxwich & Walsall.
(Platinum) 126 Green Wolverhampton Bus Station Birmingham Colmore Row (Snow Hill Interchange) Parkfield Road, Roseville Birmingham New Road, Dudley Bus Station, Wolverhampton Rd Newbury Lane, Causeway Green Road W’ton Rd & Bearwood Kings Head every 10 mins Mon-Sun daytime.
(Platinum) 529 Pink Wolverhampton Bus Station Walsall (St Pauls) Bus Station Portobello Nose Lane, Willenhall The Dale & Wolverhampton Rd Primley Av every 7 mins Mon-Sat daytime, Mon-Sat eve every 20 mins (19:55-21:35) then every 30 mins. Sun daytime jrnys every 15 mins.
Walsall (St Pauls) Bus Station Wolverhampton Bus Station Willenhall Sikh Temple, Willenhall The Dale & Neachells The Merry Boys
(Platinum) 934 Light Green Walsall (St Pauls) Bus Station Birmingham Lower Bull Street (Bull St/Priory Q’way Interchange) Barr Beacon “Beacon Road”, Pheasey Cat & Fiddle, Pheasey Church, Kingstanding Circle & Perry Barr Wellhead Lane every 30 mins Mon-Sat daytime, Sun daytime jrnys every hour. but with service 935 irregular frequency. Between Birmingham & Kingstanding every 10 mins
Birmingham Lower Bull Street (Bull St/Priory Q’way Interchange) Walsall (St Pauls) Bus Station Perry Barr Wellhead Lane, Kingstanding Circle, Pheasey Church, Pheasey Cat & Fiddle & Barr Beacon Sutton Road
(Platinum) 935 Lime Green Walsall (St Pauls) Bus Station Birmingham Lower Bull Street (Bull St/Priory Q’way Interchange) Barr Beacon Sutton Road, Streetly Hardwick Arms, Hundred Acre Road Aldridge Road, Kingstanding Circle & Perry Barr Wellhead Lane every 30 mins Mon-Sat daytime, but with service 934 irregular frequency. Between Birmingham & Kingstanding every 10 mins
Birmingham Lower Bull Street (Bull St/Priory Q’way Interchange ) Walsall (St Pauls) Bus Station Perry Barr Wellhead Lane, Kingstanding Circle, Hundred Acre Road Aldridge Road, Streetly Hardwick Arms & Barr Beacon Sutton Road
(Platinum) 936 Mid Green Brownhills West Rising Sun Birmingham Lower Bull Street (Bull St/Priory Q’way Interchange) Walsall Wood Streets Corner, Aldridge Shopping Centre, Barr Beacon “Beacon Road”, Pheasey Cat & Fiddle, Pheasey Church, Kingstanding Circle & Perry Barr Wellhead Lane Mon-Fri morning peak jrnys only every 20 mins Mon-Fri only, but with services 934/935/937 every 10 mins between Birmingham & Kingstanding. And between Pheasey Church & Birmingham between services 33/934/936 (peaks only)/997/997E roughly every 7 (934936), 10 (997/997E) or 12 (33) mins Mon-Sat daytime
Birmingham Lower Bull Street (Bull St/Priory Q’way Interchange) Brownhills West Rising Sun Perry Barr Wellhead Lane, Kingstanding Circle, Pheasey Church, Pheasey Cat & Fiddle, Barr Beacon Longwood Road, Aldridge Shopping Centre & Walsall Wood Streets Corner Mon-Fri evening peak jrnys only every 20 mins Mon-Fri only, but with services 934/935/937 every 10 mins between Birmingham & Kingstanding
(Platinum) 937 Dark Green Brownhills West Rising Sun Birmingham Lower Bull Street (Bull St/Priory Q’way Interchange) Walsall Wood Streets Corner, Aldridge Shopping Centre, Streetly Foley Arms, Kingstanding Circle & Perry Barr Wellhead Lane every 30 mins Mon-Sat daytimes on its own, but between Kingstanding & Birmingham and vice-versa with services (934/935), (936-peaks only) & (937A-eve only) every 10 mins Mon-Sat daytime. One early morning Mon-Fri jrny extends past Brownhills West Rising Sun to operate via Brownhills Smithys Forge & Chasetown Clock to start at Boney Hay Oak Lane
Birmingham Lower Bull Street (Bull St/Priory Q’way Interchange) Brownhills West Rising Sun Perry Barr Wellhead Lane, Kingstanding Circle, Streetly Foley Arms, Aldridge Shopping Centre & Walsall Wood Streets Corner every 30 mins Mon-Sat daytimes on its own, but between Birmingham & Kingstanding with services (934/935), (936-peaks only) & (937A-eve only) every 10 mins Mon-Sat. One early eve Mon-Fri jrny extends past Brownhills West Rising Sun to operate via Brownhills Smithys Forge & Chasetown Clock to terminate at Boney Hay Oak Lane
(Platinum) 937A Birmingham Lower Bull Street (Bull St/Priory Q’way Interchange) Brownhills West Rising Sun Perry Barr Wellhead Lane, Kingstanding Circle, Hundred Acre Road Aldridge Road, Streetly Hardwick Arms, Aldridge Shopping Centre & Walsall Wood Street Corner Mon-Sat eve jrnys and all daytime Sun jrnys hourly at 17 mins past the hour. Between Birmingham & Kingstanding every 10 mins Mon-Sat daytime with services (934/935) & (936-peak only).
Brownhills West Rising Sun Birmingham Lower Bull Street (Bull St/Priory Q’way Interchange) Walsall Wood Street Corner, Aldridge Shopping Centre, Streetly Hardwick Arms, Hundred Acre Road Aldridge Road, Kingstanding Circle & Perry Barr Wellhead Lane
Platinum 997 Birmingham Lower Bull Street (Bull St/Priory Q’way Interchange) Walsall (St Pauls) Bus Station Perry Barr Wellhead Lane, Beeches Rd, Pheasey Church, Deers Leap Doe Bank Lane, Streetly Foley Arms, Aldridge Shopping Centre & Rushall Lichfield Road every 30 mins Mon-Sat daytime & every hour Sun daytime, but with service 997E Mon-Sat every 10 mins & every 30 mins on Sun between Birmingham & Pheasey and vice-versa.
Walsall (St Pauls) Bus Station Birmingham Lower Bull Street (Bull St/Priory Q’way Interchange) Rushall Daw End Lane, Aldridge Shopping Centre, Streetly Foley Arms, Pheasey Church, Beeches Rd & Perry Barr Wellhead Lane
(Platinum) 997E Birmingham Lower Bull Street (Bull St/Priory Q’way Interchange) Deers Leap Stanhope Way Perry Barr Wellhead Lane, Beeches Rd & Pheasey Church Mon-Sat daytime jrnys at 03, 13, 33 & 43 & Sun daytime jrnys at 02 only.
Deers Leap Stanhope Way Birmingham Lower Bull Street (Bull St/Priory Q’way Interchange) Pheasey Church, Beeches Rd & Perry Barr Wellhead Lane Mon-Sat daytime jrnys at 14, 24, 44 & 54 & Sun daytime jrnys at 30 only.
(Platinum) X1 Light Green Coventry Pool Meadow (Bus Station) Birmingham Moor St Q’way (Moor Street Interchange) Parkhill Drive, Meriden Village Green, Airport Bus Interchange, NEC International Station, Sheldon Wheatsheaf, Yardley Swan Centre [SK] & Deritend Adderley Street every 30 mins Mon-Sat daytimes between Coventry to Birmingham and vice-versa, roughly every 10 mins Mon-Fri peaks between Birmingham Airport and Birmingham and vice-versa. every hour Mon-Sun eves between Coventry & Birmingham and vice versa and also between Birmingham Airport & Birmingham and vice versa, but with jrnys from Coventry every 30 mins.
Birmingham Moor St Q’way (Moor Street Interchange) Coventry Pool Meadow (Bus Station) Deritend Adderley Street, Yardley Swan Centre [SG], Sheldon Lyndon Road, Airport Bus Interchange, NEC International Station, Meriden Village Green & Parkhill Drive
(Platinum) X2 Green Solihull Rail Station Birmingham Moor St Q’way (Moor Street Interchange) Solihull Town Centre, Landrover Works Valiant Way, Sheldon Wheatsheaf, Yardley Swan Centre [SK] & Deritend Adderley Street every 20 mins Mon-Sun daytime & Mon-Sun eve jrnys every 30 mins.
Birmingham Moor St Q’way (Moor Street Interchange) Solihull Rail Station Deritend Adderley Street, Yardley Swan Centre [SF], Sheldon Lyndon Road, Landrover Works Lode Lane & Landrover Works Valiant Way (small)>(peak times only)
(Platinum Sutton) (X3) White Birmingham Corporation St (Bull St/Priory Q’way Interchange) Hill Hook Bishops Way Erdington Six Ways, Chester Road The Yenton, Sutton Coldfield Parade & Mere Green Services X3/X4/X5 operate every 20 mins Mon-Sat daytime. Services X4/X5 operate Mon-Sat eve & Sun daytime/eve jrnys as well. On service X4 the eve jrnys can either operate from Minworth every hour at 02 or from Sutton twice an hour at 02 or 22 mins. every 30 mins Sun daytime jrnys on service X4/X5. Mon-Sat daytime jrnys between Birmingham-Sutton Coldfield between services X3/X4/X5 & X14 roughly every 6 mins. Beyond Sutton Coldfield all three service operate every 20 mins Mon-Sat daytime.
(Platinum Sutton) (X4) Birmingham Corporation St (Bull St/Priory Q’way Interchange) Minworth Asda Erdington Six Ways, Chester Road The Yenton, Sutton Coldfield Parade (some Sun jrnys start here) & Falcon Lodge
(Platinum Sutton) (X5) Birmingham Corporation St (Bull St/Priory Q’way Interchange) Roughley Slade Road Erdington Six Ways, Chester Road The Yenton, Sutton Coldfield Parade & Mere Green
(Platinum) X10 Green Merry Hill Bus Station (Shopping Centre) all other jrny) Pensnett Trading Estate (outside NXWM Bus Garage) (four afternoon off-peak Mon-Fri jrnys every hour towards B’ham only) Birmingham Colmore Row (Snow Hill Interchange) Russells Hall Hospital, Merry Hill Bus Station (Shopping Centre), Cradley Heath Interchange, Old Hill Cross, Halesowen Bus Station, Quinton Stag & Bearwood Kings Head every 20 mins Mon-Sat daytime, Mon-Sun eve jrnys every hour & Sun daytime jrnys every 30 mins
Birmingham Colmore Row (Snow Hill Interchange) Merry Hill Bus Station (Shopping Centre) all other jrny) Pensnett Trading Estate (outside NXWM Bus Garage) (five Mon-Fri off-peak jrnys towards Pensnett only) Bearwood Kings Head, Quinton Stag, Halesowen Bus Station, Old Hill Cross, Cradley Heath Interchange, Merry Hill Bus Station & Russells Hall Hospital
(Platinum) X12 Red Solihull Rail Station Birmingham Priory Queensway (Bull St/Priory Q’way Interchange Solihull Town Centre, Damson Ln Land Rover Works, Birmingham International Station, Birmingham International Airport, Chelmsley Wood Interchange, Buckingham Rd Windward Way, Castle Bromwich Heathland Av & Farnhurst Road Bromford Lane every 20 mins Mon-Sat daytime, Mon-Sun eve every 30 mins & Sun daytime jrnys every 30 mins.
Birmingham Priory Queensway (Bull St/Priory Q’way Interchange Solihull Rail Station Bromford Road Bromford Lane, Castle Bromwich Heathland Av, Buckingham Rd Windward Way, Chelmsley Wood Interchange, Birmingham International Airport, Birmingham International Station & Damson Ln Land Rover Works
(Platinum) X14 Silver Birmingham Corporation St (Bull St/Priory Q’way Interchange Sutton Coldfield Parade Kingsbury Road Spring Lane, Eachelhurst Rd Penns Lane & Falcon Lodge Churchill Parade every 20 minutes Mon-Sat daytime, but between Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield with X3/X4/X5 & X14 roughly every 6 mins, Mon-Sun eve every hour. & Sun daytime jrnys 30 mins
X51 Light Green Walsall Bus Station (all other daytime jrnys)/Cannock Bus Station (Stand 8) (early morning/early eve Mon-Fri peak times only) Birmingham Lower Bull Street (Bull St/Priory Q’way Interchange) Cheslyn Hay War Memorial (early morning/early evening Mon-Fri peak times only), Bloxwich High Street (early morning Mon-Fri peak times jrnys only operate via this stop, whilst the early evening peak times jrnys only terminate here only), Walsall Bus Station & Scott Arms every 10 minutes Mon-Sat daytime & Sun daytime jrnys every 30 mins.
Birmingham Lower Bull Street (Bull St/Priory Q’way Interchange) Walsall (all other jrnys)/Cannock Bus Station (Stand 8) (two early evening peak time jrnys only terminate here) Scott Arms, Walsall Hatherton Road (early evening peak jrnys only), Bloxwich High Street (early evening peak time jrnys only, with one early evening peak jrny terminating here) & Cheslyn Hay War Memorial (early evening peak time jrnys only)
(Platinum) X61 Blue Frankley Holly Hill Birmingham Eastside Stop BT1 (Bull St/Priory Q’way Interchange-stop on Park St) Raven Hayes Road, Northfield Bell Lane, Selly Oak Sainsburys & Edgbaston Priory Road every 15 mins Mon-Sat daytime, Mon-Sat eve jrnys every 30 mins & Sun daytime jrnys every 19 mins.
Birmingham Eastside Frankley Holly Hill Edgbaston Priory Road, Selly Oak “Oak Tree Lane”, Northfield Lockwood Road & Raven Hayes Rd
X96 Yellow Wollaston Farm Dorset Road Wrens Nest Eve Lane/Green Lane Stourbridge Bus Station, Merry Hill Bus Station (Shopping Centre) & Dudley Bus Station every 20 mins Mon-Sat daytime & Mon-Sat eve & Sun daytime jrnys every hour.

Network ReviewsEdit

At the end of April 2008, NXWM in conjunction with Centro, Dudley Council and other operators, re-routed, re-timed, and renumbered buses in the Dudley, Halesowen and Stourbridge areas.

Following this, a similar process took place in Solihull in January 2009.

The next one took place in October 2009 for South and West Birmingham.

In April 2010 a network review for Walsall North (Bloxwich, Brownhills & Aldridge) took place.

That was shortly followed by a review of services in West Birmingham. This happened at the end of July 2010.

The first review of 2011 was in March for services in East Birmingham/North Solihull, [10].

That was shortly followed by a review of services in Wolverhampton and West Walsall in July 2011,[11].

That was followed by a review of services in Sandwell In October 2012.

The final review took place for North Birmingham and the Sutton Coldfield areas in June 2013. [12] There will be a Dudley Development Plan potentially implemented in April 2016.

Garages and Travel ShopsEdit

NXWM has ten garages - Acocks Green, Bordesley, Coventry, Birmingham Central (Digbeth), Pensnett, Perry Barr, Walsall, West Bromwich, Wolverhampton and Yardley Wood. The Bordesley garage is the newest location, having opened in 2005. NXWM has six Travel Shops located in Solihull Town Centre, Coventry Pool Meadow Bus Station, West Bromwich bus station, Dudley bus station, Birmingham Pavilions Shopping Centre and Walsall Bus Station. Additionally there is a Centro travel shop at Wolverhampton bus station and also a Centro travel shop in New Street Station. The Dudley, Birmingham Pavilions, West Bromwich and Walsall all sell all types of Travelcards, National Express Coach Tickets and assist customers with timetable information, Information on bus/coach fare and route planning.


The Solihull travelshop closed, it closed on Friday 28 April 2017.

OperationsEdit

National Express West Midlands unveiled in 2013 a £1.6 million AVL (control) centre from which all services are monitored to help identify problems and cut response times.[16] But there are also Route Managers and Inspectors present to identify and solve issues on the road, particularly in Birmingham City Centre where most frequent routes converge.

Anti-social Behaviour and Ticket InspectionsEdit

Crime (such as robbery and assault) and vandalism are an ongoing problem on NXWM buses, with travel on the upstairs deck sometimes being particularly challenging. The installation of CCTV on buses was part of the failed attempt to stabilise the level of crime. In the 2009-10 accounting period, 3,341 incidents were recorded on West Midlands buses, including theft, property damage, and drug possession.[13]

National Express West Midlands is part of the Safer Travel Partnership, created in 2005 its members also include Centro (responsible for bus, train and Midland Metro tram transport in the West Midlands) and West Midlands Police. The partnership is committed to reducing crime and anti social behaviour across the West Midlands bus network whilst providing reassurance to the travelling public. The partnership achieves this through a variety of tactics including Gateway Operations. These operations are intelligence led and are based on the established link between those who evade paying their fare and those responsible for crime, disorder and anti social behaviour. The operation involves partners including NX Revenue Inspectors and Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers from the dedicated Safer Travel Police Team. The activities of the partnership have resulted in very significant reductions in recorded crime across the West Midlands bus network.

Most of the cost of 'Safer Travel' is met from public funds, rather than those of NXWM. This contrasts with most commercial enterprises, such as football clubs, which have to pay a substantial amount for policing.

The 'Safer Travel' name is also used for presentations for schools 'educating children about how to respect their buses'.

The 'See Something, Say Something' campaign, where passengers are encouraged to anonymously send information about nuisance behaviour on buses by text message, has led to 134 arrests and a cut in crime of 15% since April 2010. Crime on the West Midlands bus network has fallen to its lowest level in the last five years.[14]

FleetEdit

Travel West Midlands 4697

4697, the prototype double-deck Scania OmniCity in the "toothpaste" Travel West Midlands livery, which was used for a short while before the new National Express West Midlands one was introduced

National Express West Midlands is one of the largest bus operators in the UK, with a fleet of nearly 1600 vehicles. A variety of bus types are used, including double-decks, single-decks, articulated 'bendy' buses, and midi-buses.[15]

In 2011 National Express West Midlands began investing in new greener vehicles, with the addition of 120 new buses to the fleet, including 18 'hybrid' vehicles. Alexander Dennis supplied 9 Enviro 400H hybrid-power double-deck models alongside 50 EEV-approved diesel Enviro 400 double-deck models, while Volvo suppied 9 B5LH Wrightbus Eclipse Gemini 2 hybrid-power double deck models, with 52 B7RLE single-deck models. The new buses were to be progressively introduced to various garages from September 2011,[16] however due to some delays these buses began to enter service in November 2011, with the full rollout completed early in 2012.

2012 saw a further 100 new vehicles enter service, with the addition of more Wright Eclipse Urban 2 single-deck buses at Wolverhampton, Acocks Green, Birmingham Central and Pensnett garages to replace older single deckers such as Mercedes-Benz O405N and some Volvo B6LE at Pensnett garages, Volvo B10L at Acocks Green and Optare Excel at Wolverhampton. A further 30 new Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart buses have entered service on routes 99, 222 and on routes at West Bromwich garage, replacing Volvo B6LE's. An extensive refurbishment programme has seen many older buses repainted into the new livery, as well as having etched windows and upholsteries replaced.

The investment is continuing in 2013, as Green Bus Funding has assisted again in the purchase of a further 21 new Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 hybrid-powered double-deck buses which have entered operation at Wolverhampton garage on route 1 (Tettenhall Wood-Dudley).

The company operates the following vehicles:

July Fleet Changes

BP51HDJ - BP51HDK - BU04BKF - BU04BKG - BU04BKJ Wolverhampton - Walsall

Y716TOH - Y717TOH - Y718TOH Walsall - Withdrawn

Y751TOH - Y762TOH Sold to PVS for scrap

BX02AUO - BX02AUR Yardley Wood - Wolverhampton

Double Deck Buses:Edit

Single Deck Buses:Edit

Articulated Single Deck Buses:Edit

A list of vehicle type allocation by route can be found here.

ReferencesEdit

  1. UK Bus - Key Facts
  2. About Us
  3. TWM rebranding. travelwm.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2008-02-15. Retrieved on 2008-02-16.
  4. £69 million Bus & Coach Order. travelwm.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2008-04-03. Retrieved on 2008-03-03.
  5. http://nxbus.co.uk/west-midlands/news/metrobus-farewell/
  6. White, P. (2008) Public Transport - Its Planning, Management and Operation
  7. http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/travel-writer-hails-birminghams-11c-158958
  8. UK Bus - Key Facts
  9. [1]
  10. .East Birmingham & North Solihull Bus Review
  11. .[Wolverhampton and West Walsall Bus Review]
  12. .[North Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield bus review]
  13. Template:Cite news
  14. http://nxbus.co.uk/west-midlands/news/antisocial-behaviour-brought-to-task-thanks-to-passenger-tipoffs
  15. http://www.ukbuses.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/fleet/nxwm.pdf Unofficial NXWM fleetlist
  16. http://nxbus.co.uk/west-midlands/news/national-express-goes-green-with-21m-investment-in-uk-bus-fleet

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