Centro Chairman Cllr John McNicholas (second from the right) joins the celebrations of the launch of a new service which will improve links to University Hospital

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Coventry passengers in line for improved hospital links


Bus passengers in Coventry can expect improved services to University Hospital with local operator Travel de Courcey taking on another main route in the city.

People living in parts of Eastern Green and Tile Hill will be able to catch a direct bus to University Hospital as part of Travel de Courcey taking over the Number 801 service.

The need for improved links to the hospital was highlighted by passengers during an extensive public consultation last year.

Their views were sought to help draw up a new and improved bus network for Coventry which was launched by transport authority Centro in partnership with the city council and bus operators earlier this year.

Travel de Courcey has now been awarded the contract by Centro to operate the service which runs between the University of Warwick and University Hospital from Sunday, October 21.

The award-winning operator, based in Rowley Drive, Baginton, has recently invested in six new single-decker buses which will be used on the route.

The buses will link to Travel de Courcey’s existing Number 43 service which means there will be a direct hourly bus from parts of Eastern Green and Tile Hill to University Hospital.

The extended route for the Number 801 service means there will also be a link from Eastern Green to Tile Hill Station.

Bob Wildman, general manager of Travel de Courcey, said: "We are delighted to have been awarded the Number 801 service by Centro.

"Linking it to our existing Number 43 service will greatly benefit people in parts of Eastern Green and Tile Hill who until now had to catch more than one bus to get to University Hospital.�

"It also represents another piece in the jigsaw for Travel de Courcey providing a full circular bus service around the city.

"Next year, the Number 801 will be linked to existing services in Coundon, Holbrooks and Bell Green to provide a complete bus route around the edge of the city which will enable better links to University Hospital as well as important local amenities such as shops, schools and sports centres."

The new Coventry bus network, which was launched in February, has seen the introduction of a number of additional direct routes to the hospital.

Centro Chairman Cllr John McNicholas, said: "As promised, Centro has continued to work in partnership with operators including Travel de Courcey to deliver further improvements.

"This service is a direct result of that partnership and feedback from passengers and councillors and I hope people across Coventry will very much welcome the additional benefits that we have been able to deliver."

Last week the Coventry Bus Network review project, which resulted in the city’s new network, was ‘highly commended’� in the Transport Team Partnership Award at the 2012 National Transport Awards, widely regarded as the�industry’s ‘Oscars’.


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