Network West Midlands announce changes including more buses to Bartley Green

03/07/2018 by Sinead Staunton

Front of Newman University campus

Network West Midlands have announced a number of changes to the bus services which serve South Birmingham, with the changes taking effect from Sunday 22nd July 2018.

The current services which run to and around Newman which will be affected are the 22, 23 and X64.

The current 22 and 23 routes which serve the University will be replaced by the 23 and the X22.

The new 23 service will begin/end at Newman University, and go directly into Birmingham City Centre; the route will be a simpler, more frequent service serving Bartley Green, Romsley Road, Woodgate, Woodgate Valley South, Harborne and Five Ways to Birmingham. The 23 service will run up to every 8-10 minutes, meaning staff, students and visitors to the University can commute easily between Birmingham and the University.

The new X22 will run from Woodgate via Kitwell, Romsley Road, Bartley Green, Jiggins Lane, California, Quinton Road and University/QE Hospital to Birmingham up to every 20 minutes.

The changes will mean that there will be more buses serving the Bartley Green area as well as Woodgate and Woodgate Valley South, areas surrounding Newman University.

There will also be improved platinum buses on these new routes, offering extra legroom, wifi and USB points for passengers.

The current X64 will be replaced by the X21 and the aforementioned X22 which will see buses run more frequently between Bartley Green and University/QE Hospital, Birmingham.  However the new X21 will have a revised route from Weoley Castle, along Weoley Castle Road, Gregory Avenue, Long Nuke Road, Woodcock Lane and Cromwell Lane to its destination at Woodcock Hill. The closest stop to Newman University is at Cromwell  Lane / Moors Lane, which is a short walk away.

For staff, students and visitors travelling by rail, the University is still in easy reach with advice being to travel to New Street station and board the 23 bus service which is directly outside the station and will stop outside of the University. The 23 service also runs close to Snow Hill and Moor Street Stations.

Further information on the amended bus routes can be found on the National Express West Midlands website.