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Just had a look through the proposals and on the whole not too bad - as already mentioned the Bournville area and parts of the Yardley Wood area would need another operator (aka Diamond or Igo) to step in to provide a local link to Northfield and Kings Heath respectively.

76 being rerouted away from Robin Hood to Baldwin I don't see as an issue - gives the Baldwin a faster service to Solihull than the 5 and the 76 at times does get stuck in some heavy traffic in the Robin Hood Island vicinity at peak times - particularly Solihull bound. The 76 rerouting to serve Pineapple Road etc. is fine. However, if the 27 is withdrawn the frequency on the 76 needs to step up to every 15 minutes at least to cover the loss. The 84 extension to Northfield makes sense and again, increase the frequency, and could adequately replace the 27 round there.

Wouldn't surprise me either if the 5 switched to YW operation considering the reroute would pass right through the 6 driver changeover point and the 1 maybe being extended requiring additional resources. Scanias made redundant off the 27 could probably be put on the 84/76 and the 5 if it transferred over from AG?
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National Express West Midlands / Re: Repaints & Retrims 2017
« Last post by Tony on Today at 08:36:50 AM »

Vehicles currently in paint

BC       4607; 4595; 4596
YW      1924
PB       4489; 4480
WA      1854; 1837; 1841
CV       4403
WN      2028; 2025; 2026; 4136
Training  4131; 4520; 4697

Vehicles painted since last update
1850; 1914; 2019; 2024; 4405; 4477; 4637




 Vehicles painted in 2017 so far

Training 1421
WA 1758; 1762; 1766; 1767; 1773
Dundee 1787
WA 1850; 1859; 1860; 1879; 1880; 1881; 1884; 1892
YW 1901; 1914; 1919; 1923; 1927; 1930
WN 2019; 2022; 2023; 2024
CV  4144; 4190
PN  4198
AG 4233
PB  4237; 4240; 4279; 4282; 4283; 4285; 4286;  4287; 4288
WA 4350; 4357
YW 4387
CV 4405
PB 4475; 4476; 4477; 4478; 4479; 4483; 4484; 4491; 4492; 4493; 4494; 4496; 4499; 4500; 4501; 4507
WN 4546; 4550; 4551
YW 4565; 4567; 4568; 4569; 4570; 4571; 4573; 4574; 4575; 4576
BC  4594; 4609; 4610; 4613; 4614; 4615;  4616; 4617; 4619; 4624; 4625; 4627; 4632; 4633
AG 4637; 4676
PB 4692; 4693; 4694; 4695; 4696
Dundee 4713; 4714
CV 4776; 4833; 4836; 4837; 4840
BC 4875


Buses in service in new livery
Crimson
WA 1750-73 (24)
WA 1845/8/9/50/9/60/80-2/4/92 (11)
PB 1863-1877/98-907 (25)
YW 1910-7/23/5-9/30/3 (9)
PB 1925-30/3 (7)
WB 1936-53 (18)
WN 2019/22/3/4 (4)
AG 2201-50 (50)
PN 3301-5 (5)
PN 4425-39 (15)
BC 4440-74 (30)
PB 4475-9/83/4/6/91-4/6/9 (14)
AG 4500/1/3-7/24-34 (18)
YW 4565-77 (13)
BC 4594; 4608-17/9/21-7/31-4 (23)
AG 4635-50/52-7/9 (23)
PB 4687-96 (10)
WB 4738-62 (25)
PB 4799-815/7-29 (30)
PB 4843-56 (14)
BC 4871/2/5 (3)
PN 6101-22 (22)
YW 6123-48 (26)
PB 7019-33 (15)

Total 433

Blue
CV 4763-76 (14)
CV 4836 (1)

Total 15

Platinum
AG 6701-10 (10)
PN 6711-18 ( 8 )
WA 6719-58 (40)
WN 6759-95 (37)
PB 6796-824 (29)
BC 6825-54 (30)

Total 154

Green
431-5 (5)
1774-87 (14)
2053/5/7/8 (4)
4076 (1)
4700-17 (18)
7002-10 ( 9 )

Total 51
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National Express West Midlands / Re: South Birmingham Consultation 2017
« Last post by Kevin on Today at 08:16:06 AM »
Agreed that the proposals need to be widely circulated but I have to say kudos to the way the proposals have been laid out, it does give the potential to have a much more localised consultation than previous mass changes and hopefully leafletting around the affected areas or on buses along the affected routes takes place

I can see why certain changes have been proposed, giving everywhere a direct route into the city centre just isn't viable, and honestly to me the suggestions ain't all that terrible, just need some tweaking

- The Northfield to Frankley stretch of the 29/49 and the QE - Northfield stretch of the 48 could easily be one route on it's own. Then the 29 and 48 can be much more logical shorter routes, perhaps even with a much needed increase in frequency to the 48 with the 48A journeys also extended to the QE

- my issue with the proposed routing of a revised 45 is that it leaves the Wychall Lane area with no decent route to anywhere unless the 49 is increased in frequency, and cutting Cofton Hackett off from the Longbridge /Turves Green area seems strange, there should at least be some sort of provision for replacement there, perhaps getting iGo on board and sending the 145 back to Kings Norton. Beyond that the 45 route itself at a high higher frequency does to me seem a decent proposal

- curious what their proposal for the Bournville area is if they're planning on getting rid of the 27, that stretch from Kings Heath to Northfield has always been well patronised from my observations maybe just keep that section as the 27

- In the Stirchley area I would suggest taking the 76 off Warwards Lane and sending it up Umberslade Road giving a better connection to the Stirchley village area for the student population, and the 84 taking over the Raddlebarn Road Road and Warwards Lane section on it's way out towards Kings Norton

- really don't see the need to mess with the 18 and create an 18A when the general idea is to simplify routes

- while I do like the proposal to merge the 2 and 3, as with the Pershore Road it does leave a surprising section of Yardley Wood Road without a service anywhere. I particularly like the second option for the 3 where it runs to Slade Road then through Warstock to the Maypole but perhaps it should stick to a less winding route, leaving that to whatever replaces the 27 in that area

- I like the idea of shortening the 5 and leaving the 6 to pick up the city traffic. I think the 76 in this area should not be complicated by running through the Baldwin area, it's a fairly straight forward route and at the moment it does the job of working with the 6 from Solihull to Hall Green quite well. Having said that it could be altered to run as per the current 31 Solihull to Shirley

- Mixed thoughts about the Gospel Oak area. I wonder of it would make sense to keep the 31 to the city but have it completely avoid Acocks Green and run from Shaftmoor Lane straight onto Olton Boulevard and into Gospel Oak? The 1 still runs into the village and maybe a new local minibus sort of service like the current 96/99 can run instead taking on the job of connecting Acocks Green with Gospel Oak and Hall Green (including the Baldwin area) potentially even as a circular
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National Express West Midlands / Re: South Birmingham Consultation 2017
« Last post by cardew on Today at 08:08:40 AM »
Regardless of the contents of these changes, if it is just a survey on the NX website linked from twitter and facebook - giving, incidentally a one month consultation at a time when many passengers will be on holiday - then it does not seem sufficient to me. Despite what some who work in marketing may believe, not everybody lives their lives on social media.

I hope that these proposals are on all buses and shelters in a printed format - with an address/phone number for views in addition to the on-line survey.  I will look out for such information on shelters on my travels, if there is nothing, in my opinion NX cannot truly say that the public has been consulted
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National Express West Midlands / Re: South Birmingham Consultation 2017
« Last post by Lukeee on Yesterday at 10:52:01 PM »
A taxi is cleaner and is way faster

A rolls Royce is Cleaner and way faster than a taxi, doesn't always make it a viable alternative however
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National Express West Midlands / Re: Pensnett Garage
« Last post by Lukeee on Yesterday at 10:43:44 PM »
It's a long way to Temperary....
 8)

 :D will daysavers be accepted across the whole route
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National Express West Midlands / Re: South Birmingham Consultation 2017
« Last post by PM on Yesterday at 10:35:33 PM »
I've had a quick skim through all of the proposals and it has the potential to be every bit as unpopular as the East Birmingham changes. I get the congestion and worsening journey times but the potential loss of direct services from Cofton Hackett / Turves Green, Gospel Lane and Warstock to the city centre seems bizarre.

And lo and behold, it looks like the 29 will be shortened back to Northfield. I predicted that a long time ago - surprised it's taken this long to be honest.

The likely withdrawal of the 27 seems to have no coherent or well thought out replacement. The 27 worked better when it went Kings Heath to West Heath and before the constant extensions which, not surprisingly, have made it more unreliable. This was a popular and well used route when I lived in Stirchley, not least with Dame Elizabeth Cadbury school kids and Cadbury workers. I hope the many connections it provides aren't lost.

Agreed on the 27, Kings Heath to West Heath seemed to work rather well, although saying that the current route has been in place since October 2009 review, when 19 route was created and awarded to Diamond, taking in the Pamela and South Rd portions of the route amongst others, 20 was also created to serve Swarthmore Rd but didn't last very long at all!
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National Express West Midlands / Re: South Birmingham Consultation 2017
« Last post by PM on Yesterday at 10:33:13 PM »
Perhaps you should go and catch some buses elsewhere

I've come back from a weekend in Brighton, B&H are a much praised operator. Frequencies lower than on most NX routes, fares higher, daysavers not valid on night services!!! I reckon fares are about the most competitive in the country, happy to be proven wrong though!
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PCV & Locomotive Discussion / Re: Round Trips
« Last post by RS on Yesterday at 10:19:44 PM »
25/07/17

NX PN 827 222 Russells Hall Rd - Dudley Bus Stn
NX WB 4749 87 Dudley Bus Stn - Halesowen St Oldbury
DIA TV 30000 4H Council House - Sandwell Station
VT 221115 + 221107 Sandwell & Dudley - Birmingham New St
LM 350375 Birmingham New St - Wolverhampton
LM 350 104 Wolverhampton - Smethwick Rolfe St
LM 323202 Smethwick Rolfe St - Birmingham New St
XC 43321+43384 Birmingham New St - Tamworth
LM 350369 Tamworth - Rugeley T.V
LM 170 634 Rugeley T.V - Birmingham New St
LM 323219 Birmingham New St - Sandwell & Dudley
DIA TV 4H 30941 Sandwell & Dudley - Oldbury Bus Interchange
NX PN 2107 120 Oldbury - Dudley
NX PN 828 222 Dudley- Ashenhurst Rd
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National Express West Midlands / Re: South Birmingham Consultation 2017
« Last post by Trident 4194 on Yesterday at 10:12:36 PM »
Still cheaper than a taxi!

A taxi is cleaner and is way faster
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