Bus users in Coventry are to get even better services after Centro agreed improvements to routes and services across the city.
From October 22 the Number 1 service will be extended while the Number 801 will be linked to the Number 43 to better serve University Hospital.
Steve Hayes, Centro area manager for Coventry and Solihull, said the new services fulfilled of a pledge made at the time of the review.
He said: “Whenever we introduce a new network we know that’s only the first phase
“With the introduction of any new network Centro always looks closely for areas where services can be improved once the revised routes actually start running.
“We are delighted that this process, along with the help and feedback of bus users, has enabled us to identify and provide a better service.”
Travel De Courcey will take over the contract to operate the Number 801 from National Express and will link it to parts of their existing Number 43 service.
This will provide a direct hourly service from parts of Eastern Green and Tile Hill to the hospital via Warwick University and re-establish a link from Eastern Green to Tile Hill Station.
Next year De Courcey will link this to other orbital services through Coundon, Holbrooks and Bell Green to provide an ‘outer circle’ style service.
National Express will take over the contract for the Number 1 service from West Midlands Special Needs Travel.
It will be extended to Tile Hill and beyond the city centre along Binley Road to the hospital, Narberth Way and Brade Drive, replacing the Number 61.
This will provide a new direct bus to the hospital from Tile Hill, Chapelfields, Earlsdon, Binley Road and Walsgrave.
The hours of operation will be extended to between 8am and 5pm. It currently runs from 9.30am to 3pm.
The current Coventry network came into effect on February 26 following a major review of routes and timetables across the city, providing many areas with more frequent services designed to get more of Coventry’s residents travelling by bus.
Centro 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 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 is supported by a partnership agreement between Centro, Coventry City Council and bus operators.
This pledges investment in the bus network, including new vehicles, cleaning and monitoring of services, new infrastructure and Real Time Information, and better signage.