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The Coventry bus network undergoes a major shake-up
New bus network is announced for Coventry"
People in Coventry will enjoy a new network of enhanced bus services at the end of February following a major review.
�Centro, the integrated passenger transport authority for the West Midlands, has worked in partnership with Coventry City Council and bus operators A Line, Blue Diamond, Johnsons, National Express West Midlands, Stagecoach and Travel De Courcey to conduct the comprehensive overhaul.
The new network comes into effect on February 26 and will see many changes to routes and timetables across the city, providing many areas with more frequent services designed to get more of Coventry’s residents travelling by bus.
It follows an extensive consultation and market research exercise with the public.
Councillor Angus Adams, the chairman of Centro, said: "The driving force for these changes is to make bus travel a more attractive option for existing and new customers.
"We believe the new network will create long-term bus passenger growth through a simpler and easier to understand network in the city."
The new network reflects the new or altered cross-city links being created following multi-million pound works in the city centre’s Broadgate area by Coventry City Council.
It will be supported by a partnership agreement between Centro, Coventry City Council and bus operators.
This will pledge investment in the bus network, including new vehicles, cleaning and monitoring of services, new infrastructure and Real Time Information, and better signage.
As part of the consultation process leaflets were distributed to hundreds of thousands of residents across Coventry encouraging people to attend a series of exhibitions or go online to fill in a questionnaire, while house-to-house surveys were also conducted.
Many requested more frequent services, and as a result more than 50% of bus customers in Coventry will now receive them.
�There will be increased frequencies and more buses including:
- 15 buses an hour along Ansty Road
- 4 buses an hour to Potters Green
- To Willenhall via the 13 route every 10 minutes
- To Willenhall via the 21 route every 6-8 minutes
- To Stoke Aldermoor every 10 minutes
- To Quinton Park and Cheylesmore every 7/8 minutes
- To Leamington Road every 15 minutes
- To Canley every 15 minutes
- To Cannon Hill every 30 minutes
- To Tile Hill North (Jardine Crescent) every 10 minutes
- 8 buses an hour to Keresley
- To Radford and Whitmore Park every 10 minutes
- Along Stony Stanton Road every 10 minutes
- To Harnall Lane, Stoke Heath and Little Heath every 10 minutes
- To Ball Hill over 20 buses an hour
- Walsgrave Hospital, now twelve buses per hour from the City Centre
Another request was for improved Sunday and evening services.
Cheylesmore, Finham, Stivichall, Styvechale Grange, Tile Hill, Allesley, Coundon, Sewall Highway and Bell Green, Walsgrave Hospital and Ansty Road will all benefit as a result.
Steve Hayes, Centro’s area manager for Coventry, said: "This simpler network will mean less route variants and fewer numbers, colour coded and better quality information, plus new maps and web services."
A major information campaign to inform all residents of Coventry about the changes will now take place in the run-up to February 26.
A leaflet explaining the changes will also be delivered to all households in Coventry starting on February 1.
It will give details of exhibitions to be held across the city from 11 February where Centro and bus operator representatives will tell people about the changes to their services and answer any questions.
New timetables will be available at these exhibitions and will also be available online and from the Network Coventry travel shop at the city’s Pool Meadow bus station after this date.
More details can also be found at www.networkwestmidlands.com/busreview"
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