Coventry Bus Network Review Postponed Till 2012

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A National Express Coventry ALX400 Volvo B7 enters Coventry bus station
A National Express Coventry ALX400 Volvo B7 enters Coventry bus station

A review of Coventry’s bus network has been deferred until next year after an agreement by Centro, the City Council and bus operators. The delay will allow the review to be carried out when the impact of the Broadgate area closure in the city centre is known. Changes are being made as part of a £7m scheme to improve infrastructure for the Olympic football match spectators arriving in the city next year.

Broadgate is set to be permanently shut off to traffic in the autumn. The relocation of Broadgate bus stops to new hubs will go ahead as planned.

Centro said all partners felt it was important the full impact of the closures on traffic was understood before introducing the new bus routes and timetables.

Coventry and Solihull area manager Steven Hayes said: “Providing a reliable bus network is essential and partners wanted to take the opportunity to understand the implications of this closure (of Broadgate) before introducing passengers to new timetables across the wider network.

“Originally it was intended to introduce the new network at the end of October but it has become clear it is in the best interests of all to make this evaluation first.

“Delaying the review should mean that when the revised services are introduced, they should operate reliably from day one.”