Coventry buses returning to pre-pandemic frequencies as new routes added

Changes coming to Coventry bus services this month include many services returning to pre-pandemic frequencies, some route changes and new links.

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Coventry’s main public bus provider, National Express Coventry, is making changes to its bus network from 30 August, including more buses, route revisions, frequency increases and new bus links.

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the bus operator has been adapting services so that key workers and other customers who rely on buses could continue to safely get to where they needed to be.

The latest confirmed changes come ahead of an expected increase in the use of public transport during September.

The changes will see the introduction of new services 14/14A providing links from the University of Warwick to Canley, Tile Hill, Eastern Green and Whoberley before continuing to the city centre.

Chris Gibbens, commercial director at National Express Bus, said: “As the COVID-19 situation evolves, so too do our bus services.

“I am pleased to say that from 30 August many of our bus services will be returning to their pre-pandemic frequencies. This includes our 9/9A route which will see our brand new double-decker electric buses launched into service on the same day.

“We’re making adjustments to some routes to better match how our customers use the bus network. Some roads may have a different service on them than the service they have now.

“However, I’d like to reassure our customers that nobody will lose a bus service. In fact, they’ll get a better service as we are improving our network reliability and connections.”

Throughout lockdown and the relaxation of travel restrictions, National Express Coventry said they have been working closely with Transport for West Midlands through the Bus Alliance to provide the right public transport network for the region.

A full list of revision to National Express Coventry’s bus timetable:

3/3A – will have a revised route 

  • Arena Shopping Park and Holbrooks to the city centre will remain as service 3, continuing to Coventry University, Stoke Aldermoor, Binley and University Hospital, replacing service 23. 
  • The frequency of the 3 will increase to every 12 minutes (hourly to the Hospital). 
  • Between Fenside, Cheylesmore and the city centre the 3 & 3A will be replaced by the 17 & 17A which continue to Wyken and University Hospital at Walsgrave (replacing service 4)

4/4A – these route numbers will no longer be used

  • See service 17/17A for buses between University Hospital, Wyken and city centre.
  • See service 18 for buses between Tile Hill, Canley and city centre.
  • See service 18A for buses between Westwood Business Park and city centre.      

6/6A – the frequency will be increased

  • The frequency of the service will be restored to every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes.

8/8A – will have a revised route   

  • Wood End, Walsgrave & Potters Green to the city centre will stay as service 8/8A but will then continue to Allesley Park to replace the 23 service. The frequency will be increased to every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes.
  • The route from Eastern Green and Whoberley to the city centre will be replaced by service 14.

9/9A – the frequency will be increased

  • The frequency of the service will be restored to every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes. These routes will also now be run with brand new fully electric buses.

10/10A – the frequency will be increased

  • The frequency of the service will be restored to every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes. Service 10A will now serve Coventry Station Interchange.

11 – the frequency will be increased

  • The frequency of the service will be restored to every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes, with additional University term only journeys.

12X – the frequency will be increased

  • The frequency will be restored to usual levels (every 10 minutes during term time)

New 14/14A introduced

  • From the city centre to Whoberley and Eastern Green replacing services 8/8A, then, working in partnership with The University of Warwick, it will continue via Tile Hill Station to the University. 
  • This will also connect Canley’s Charter Avenue residents with the Cannon Park shops. The frequency will be every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes.

16 – the frequency will be increased

  • The frequency will be restored to every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes.

New 17/17A introduced

  • Fenside & Cheylesmore to the city centre, Wyken and University Hospital to replace parts of services 3/3A and 4. The frequency will be every 15 minutes  Monday to Saturday daytimes.

New 18 –  new number for service 4 running between Tile Hill and city centre every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes

New 18A – new number for service 4A running between Westwood Business Park and city centre

20B – re-introduced with a revised route

  • Journeys on service 20 currently terminating at Bayton Road/Longford to be re-routed via Oban Road and Wilsons Lane in both directions, restoring a bus service to this area.
  • This change is subject to TfWM installing new bus stops towards Coventry.

20C – revised times with more journeys

21A – will have an additional journey added early morning

23 – this route number will no longer be used

  • See service 3 for University Hospital, Binley and Stoke Aldermoor to city centre.
  • See service 8/8A for Allesley Park to the city centre.

For more information, visit nxbus.co.uk/coventry/information/service-changes/coventry-timetable-route-changes-from-30th-august-2020.