National Express West Midlands change bus services

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NXWM is bringing more Platinum-branded buses to Sandwell and Dudley region and adding express services 

An X10 Platinum-branded ADL Enviro400 MMC double-decker bus pictured at Merry Hill

National Express West Midlands is changing its bus services in Sandwell and Dudley from 2 September 2018. This change means passengers will see more Platinums in the area.

There will be new faster express services between Birmingham, City Hospital, Smethwick, Oldbury, Dudley and Wolverhampton, as well as new direct and regular links between Halesowen and Russells Hall Hospital, and between Merry Hill and Gornal Wood.

Many route numbers will change to ‘easy-to-remember’ low numbers, helping to create a new Dudley and Sandwell network and a local identity for the region’s buses.

Tom Stables, Managing Director of National Express West Midlands, said: “In October 2017, we launched a consultation process on our proposed changes to bus services in and around Dudley.

“We received nearly 2,000 responses from the public. We looked at all that feedback and used it to inform our route redesign.

“Our new Dudley network means faster and more frequent services for our Black Country customers.

“And it means we can bring more of our beautiful top-spec Platinum bus services – with more legroom, free WiFi and USB charging – to Smethwick, Blackheath and Oldbury.

“Our network planners have worked hard to better coordinate services together, to make it simpler and easier for customers making journeys that involve a change of bus.”

National Express West Midlands’ successful Sandwell and Dudley low fare zone will still apply.

The low fare zone takes in Stourbridge, Merry Hill, Dudley, Wednesbury, West Bromwich, Oldbury, Blackheath and Halesowen. The M5 motorway is the eastern border of the zone.