Changes coming to bus services in the city this week

National Express Coventry are adding more buses to their network and employing more drivers in the city.

Photograph taken by Luke Brown.

Starting this week, National Express Coventry are making major changes to their network in and around Coventry.

They are starting by adding more buses to the Coventry network and employing more drivers to help improve the service they offer, and in the process creating more jobs for people in the city.

The current network of bus routes has not changed much since 2012, and since then the population of Coventry has changed and so has the demand for bus services. Congestion has also got worse in the city.

The revised network has been carefully considered to reflect these changes:

  • Some changes are small, such as timetable improvements, so that buses can run more often and/or more reliably. 
  • Other changes are larger, such as route changes, to cater for new and emerging travel needs. 

During June and July 2019 National Express consulted about the changes, including talking to staff, customers, councillors and stakeholders, with around 1,500 people filling in their questionnaire online and on paper.

Following the consultation, National Express Coventry have made some changes to their initial proposals, and worked with their partners at Transport for West Midlands, to overcome some of the remaining issues. 

Overall, most bus commuters will see no change to the bus they catch or will see an improvement with more punctual and frequent buses. In some cases, only the route number will change – the way the bus travels will be the same.

National Express say the main benefits of the changes are:

  • New route for Eagle Street and Springfield Road area, requested by TfWM, local groups and some councillors
  • Buses will run more often to Allesley, Bell Green, Brownshill Green, Canley, Cheylesmore, Coundon, Earlsdon, Fargo Village, Hillfields, Holbrooks, Kenilworth, Keresley, Kirby Corner, Leamington Spa, Spon End, Tile Hill, University of Warwick, Westwood Park, Willenhall and Wood End
  • Improved evening and Sunday services for Canley, Cheylesmore, Coundon, Hillfields and Holbrooks
  • Extra early morning buses on Saturdays for many areas
  • Some routes benefit from extra Sunday morning buses
  • New direct link from Hillfields to University Hospital
  • New direct link from Allesley Park to University Hospital
  • New daytime service to Westwood Business Park from Coventry city centre and rail station
  • New direct links from Allesley Park and Canley to University Hospital

The new bus network map can be viewed below. Printed timetables and maps will be available from Pool Meadow bus station.