MORE details have emerged about the new bus which will operate between Bromsgrove and Longbridge, via Rubery, from Tuesday, May 3.
The service will be called the ‘144A’ and will also go via Catshill.
The bus will also be included in the usual ‘card tap’ pricing format for Birmingham buses, meaning it will cost users £2.40 for one journey and a maximum of £4 in total after the second ‘tap’ for as many NXWM buses used on that day (Daysaver ticket).
The new National Express West Midlands link agreed with Worcestershire County Council means local residents are being provided with onward connections to and from Birmingham city centre. From Longbridge customers can board the bus company’s 63 service or catch the cross city rail link from the local rail station.
David Bradford, National Express West Midlands Managing Director, said he was pleased to announce the launch of the new 144A.
“Working in partnership with Worcestershire County Council, we are delighted to step in and serve Bromsgrove – a town that we have not served for many years and which we are delighted to be able to include again in our network.
“National Express West Midlands has a range of low-cost ticket and pass options to suit customers’ travel needs.
“You don’t even need to be always trying to work out the best fares – if you simply tap your contactless bank card each time you get on a bus, you’ll never pay more than £4 to travel all day anywhere on our services.
“We are now working hard to mobilise the new services at short notice to ensure that local communities do not lose their vital bus connections.
“We hope that new and existing customers will take advantage of our new 144A bus link between Bromsgrove and Longbridge to ensure that it goes from strength to strength.”
National Express West Midlands’ new 144A service between Bromsgrove, Catshill, Rubery and Longbridge will initially operate up to every 70 minutes Monday to Saturday. The bus operator is working with Worcestershire County Council on plans to operate a more frequent service as soon as possible.
This service replaces the First Bus 144 between Bromsgrove and Longbridge which is being removed from Sunday.