From Sunday 2nd July, National Express West Midlands are making frequency changes to bus services as they introduce their early summer timetables. The following routes that serve Stirchley Ward will be affected by these changes:
11A | Birmingham Outer Circle: The Monday – Friday peak frequency will be reduced to every 9-10 minutes, off peak frequency will be reduced to every 10 minutes, and Saturday frequency will be reduced to every 11 minutes.
11C | Birmingham Outer Circle: The Monday – Friday peak frequency will be reduced to every 9-10 minutes, off peak frequency will be reduced to every 10 minutes, and Saturday frequency will be reduced to every 11 minutes.
45 | Birmingham – Longbridge: The Monday – Friday frequency will be reduced to every 15 minutes all day. There will be a permanent change to the 45, which will terminate at West Heath after 9pm and no longer serve Longbridge. The frequency will also be reduced to every 20 minutes, combined with the 47 service.
47 | Birmingham – Longbridge: The Monday – Friday frequency will be reduced to every 15 minutes all day. There will be a permanent frequency reduction to every 20 minutes, combined with the 45 service, to journeys after 9pm.
An unfortunate series of events means the Pineapple Road train station reopening to passengers will likely be delayed until the end of 2024.
An unstable wall that borders a locally listed building at Pineapple Road has had to be rebuilt brick by brick. Meanwhile, a previously undocumented Victorian well at the Kings Heath site, linked to the historic Highbury Hall, has meant a redesign of the area. Over in Moseley, badgers, who are protected species, have been discovered on the grounds and can only be moved at certain times of the year.
Despite these challenges, much of the structural work to prepare the site has now been completed at Kings Heath and Pineapple Road and the platforms are taking shape. Whilst the stations may not reopen until later, Transport for West Midlands have are of the view that most of construction work will be finished early next year.
Neil Gaskin, programme director for Network Rail’s Central Route, said: “These stations unlock the railway to three vibrant communities in Birmingham, which will bring benefits and opportunities to thousands of people and businesses. They will be worth the wait and we will continue to work with our partners to support them opening as soon as possible.”
Birmingham City Council are looking to extend the Places for People scheme across more of Bournville & Cotteridge Ward. This will make further changes to keep through traffic on the more main roads.
The proposed changes are aimed to complement the temporary measures introduced to Bournville in 2020. This was where large planters and bollards were placed on Oak Tree Lane and Franklin Road to prevent motorised vehicles from using these side streets to cut through and avoid main roads.
Whilst these proposed changes are not in Stirchley, there are several changes that may have an impact on residents, notably the one way system on Bournville side of Mary Vale Road and a shared-use path along Bournville Lane.
Transport for West Midlands are holding a series of community engagement sessions about the soon-to-reopen Camp Hill train line, including one in Stirchley.
Moseley Village, Kings Heath, and Pineapple Road stations will reopen as part of the Camp Hill line returning to use as a commuter line. Each station will have two platforms, lifts, ticket machines, information screens, and secure bike parking. The Moseley Village and Pineapple Road stations will also have a pick-up and drop-off area.
At the engagement sessions, residents will have the opportunity to meet members of the team building the stations and ask any questions. All of the events will cover all three stations so people can choose the date and time that is most convenient for them. The sessions are drop-in session with those registered able to turn up at any time in the two hour period. However, it is advised not to arrive less than 15 minutes before the end.
Transport for West Midlands have announced a number of changes to bus services across the West Midlands.
Routes that were ‘at risk’ of being withdrawn or changed were announced in October and TfWM have been working to find funding for as many of these routes as possible. Whilst none of the services affected serve Stirchley, there are a number of routes that operate nearby and may be of interest to residents. The full update on January bus service changes can be found here.
Amended routes include;
10S – Ridgacre to Selly Oak: will be renumbered 55 and will extend to Longbridge with a new timetable, run by Kev’s Coaches.
38 – Northfield to Selly Oak: will be renumbered 55 and will extend to Ridgacre via Harborne.
42 – Hollymoor Way to West Heath: will be renumbered 55 and will extend to Ridgacre via Harborne.