<![CDATA[Diamond Bus Group News]]> http://www.diamondbuses.com/news.html <![CDATA[Service Changes in the West Midlands during April 2017]]> http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/ServiceChangesintheWestMidlandsduringApril2017_575.html There will be a number of service changes to Diamond services in the West Midlands during April 2017.

We will also commence operation of a number of new tendered services and additionally will be taking over the operation of a number of Arriva services in the region.

Please see below for a summary of these changes.
(Service List Updated 27/04/17).

Service 15A & 15C Withdrawn Last day of operation Sunday 16th April.
See networkwestmidlands.com for more details. 
Service 12 New Service Blackheath to Cradley Heath. Monday to Saturday daytimes. Start Date Monday 24th April.
Service 13 New Service Merry Hill to Halesowen. Daily (Daytimes only).
Start Date Sunday 23rd April
Service 17 New Service Merry Hill to Halesowen. Monday to Saturday daytimes.
Start Date Monday 24th April.
Service 19 New Sunday Service Walsall to Bloxwich. Monday to Saturday timetable unchanged. Start Date Sunday 23rd April.
Service 23 New Service Bloxwich to White Horse Road. Monday to Saturday daytimes. Start Date Monday 24th April.
Service 25 New Service Pendeford to Bilston. Sundays Only.
Start Date Sunday 23rd April.
Service 27 New Service Dudley to Wolverhampton. Monday to Saturday evenings and Sunday daytimes. Start Date Sunday 23rd April.
Service 28A New Service Ward End to Small Heath. Monday to Saturday daytimes.
Start Date Monday 20th March.
Service 28E New Service Willenhall to Wolverhampton. Monday to Saturday evenings and Sunday daytimes. Start Date Sunday 23rd April.
Service 36 New Service Walsall to Manor Hospital. Daily Evenings and Sunday Daytimes. Start Date Sunday 23rd April.
Service 41 New Service Walsall to Willenhall. Sunday Evenings Only. 
Start Date Sunday 23rd April.
Service 50 Timetable Amendment  Sunday journeys will operate between Birmingham and Maypole only. From Sunday 23rd April.
Service 57 New Service Bilston to Wolverhampton. Monday to Saturday daytimes.
Start Date Monday 24th April.
Service 63 New Service Wolverhampton to Oxbarn Avenue. Monday to Saturday daytimes. Start Date. Monday 24th April.
Service 64 New Service.  Wolverhampton to Wakeley Hill. Start Date. Monday 24th April. Monday to Saturday daytimes
Service 65 New Service Wolverhampton to Fordhouses. Monday to Saturday daytimes. Start Date Monday 24th April.
Service 65 New Service Darleston to Woods Estate. Monday to Saturday daytimes.
Start Date Monday 24th April.
Service 72 Withdrawn Birmingham to Clock Garage.
Last day of operation Saturday 22nd April.
Service 77 New Service Walsall to Sutton Coldfield. Sundays Only.
Start Date Sunday 23rd April.
Service 82 New Service Wolverhampton to Dudley. Mon to Sat Evenings and Sunday All Day. Start Date Sunday 23rd April.
Service 142 New Evening & Sunday journeys  Additional Evening & Sunday journeys between Halesowen and Stourbridge only. Monday to Saturday daytime journeys re-routed via Bassnage Road. From Sunday 23rd April.
Service 202 Saturday Timetable amended No Change to Monday to Friday timetable.
From Saturday 29th April.
Service 208 New Service Dudley to Merry Hill only. Sundays Only.
Start date Sunday 23rd April.
Service 223 New Service Bilston to Dudley. Monday to Saturday daytime.
Start Date Monday 24th April.
Service 229 New Service Bilston to Dudley. Monday to Sunday daytimes and evenings.
Start date Sunday 23rd April.
Service 243 Timetable amended Dudley to Merry Hill. Sundays only.
New timetable from Sunday 23rd April.
Service 257 New Service Dudley to Stourbridge. Mon to Sat Evenings and All day Sunday. Start date Sunday 23rd April.
Service 310 New Service Willenhall to Wednesbury. Monday to Saturday daytimes.
Start Date Monday 24th April.
Service 326 New Service Bilston to Bloxwich. Monday to Saturday daytimes.
Start Date Monday 24th April.
Service 530 New Service Wolverhampton to Rocket Pool. Monday to Sunday daytimes and evenings. Start date Sunday 23rd April.
Service 637 New Service Walsall to Manor Hospital. Monday to Saturday daytimes.
Start Date Monday 24th April.

New timetables and route maps for the above services are now available from our timetable pages.

Please visit www.networkwestmidlands.com to find alternative operators or services for those services that are withdrawn.

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/ServiceChangesintheWestMidlandsduringApril2017_575.html
<![CDATA[New 28A Service]]> http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/New28AService_574.html Our new 28A service from Ward End to Small Heath via Belchers Lane and Heartlands Hospital commences on Monday 20th March 2017.

Service will operate Monday to Saturday daytimes. Click here to see the timetable and route map.

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Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/New28AService_574.html
<![CDATA[Easter Bank Holiday Service Levels]]> http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/EasterBankHolidayServiceLevels_576.html There will be revised service levels across the whole Diamond Bus Network during the Easter Bank Holiday period. From 14th to 17th April 2017.

Good Friday 14th April

A Saturday service will operate.
Except in Stratford-Upon-Avon:
Services 19, 27, 229, X19 will operate to a
normal School Holiday Friday timetable.

Saturday 15th April

A normal Saturday service will operate.

Easter Sunday 16th April

A normal Sunday service will operate.

Bank Holiday 
Monday 17th April

A Sunday service will operate.

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Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/EasterBankHolidayServiceLevels_576.html
<![CDATA[Changes to Concessionary travel in Redditch from 1st April 2017]]> http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/ChangestoConcessionarytravelinRedditchfrom1stApril2017_572.html Diamond buses will be offering a special fare which will help Concession
Card Holders who will be affected by the recent decision by Redditch
Borough Council.

The Council revealed last week it would no longer be funding the ‘extra’
bus travel concession which meant eligible residents could travel for free
before 09:30 on weekdays.

Tough budget decisions mean this will be scrapped but Diamond buses
are to introduce a fee of £1 for Concession Card Holders who wish to
travel before 09:30.

Council Leader Bill Hartnett said: “These decisions have not been taken
lightly but we have been dealt a huge financial blow with massive cuts to
our funding from Central Government, not least the New Homes Bonus,
and we have had to make some tough decisions with the majority of our
residents in mind”.

Concessionary Travel Pass holders can continue to use their pass for free
travel after 09:30 on Mondays to Fridays or at any time at weekends.

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Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/ChangestoConcessionarytravelinRedditchfrom1stApril2017_572.html
<![CDATA[Diamond Redditch Tickets now cheaper at PayPoint stores!]]> http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/DiamondRedditchTicketsnowcheaperatPayPointstores_567.html Beat the Monday morning bus pass queue on-board and now SAVE MONEY by buying your ticket at PayPoint.

From Monday 27th February it will be £1 cheaper to buy your Diamond Bus Weekly or Monthly ticket at PayPoint shops instead of on the bus. Tickets are available at many PayPoint stores throughout Redditch. To find your local store pick up a leaflet on-board or click here.

Some lower priced tickets are also available on the Diamond Bus Mobile App. Where you can download paperless tickets straight to your mobile. Available for iPhone and Android phones, the Diamond M-Tickets App is available to download on your smart phone at getcore.mobi/diamond or find out more about the App here.

Our Redditch Adult Month passes are also available at this lower price on-line at diamondbuses.com. Online you can select to automatically renew your pass each month, so you don’t have to remember to buy your ticket…We’ll remember it for you!

How to buy Redditch Week & Month Tickets:

 

ON-BUS PRICE
from 27th 
February 2017

PAYPOINT
STORE
PRICE

DIAMOND
MOBILE APP
PRICE

DIAMOND
WEBSITE
PRICE

Redditch
Child Week
£9 £8 £8 NOT
AVAILABLE
Redditch
Child Month

NOT
AVAILABLE

£27 NOT
AVAILABLE
NOT
AVAILABLE
Redditch
Adult Week
£10 £9 £9 NOT
AVAILABLE
Redditch
Adult Month
£34 £33 £33 £33

        

 

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Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/DiamondRedditchTicketsnowcheaperatPayPointstores_567.html
<![CDATA[Half Term Family Day Ticket Offers]]> http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/HalfTermFamilyDayTicketOffers_565.html Our great value family day ticket offers are back for the Half Term Holiday, so you can plan a great day out with the kids...

From Saturday 18th until Sunday 26th February 2017 all of our Diamond Family Day Tickets are on special offer to help you get out and about and make the most of your Half Term Break.

Unlimited travel for all the Family from just £5!
With our Family Day tickets, 2 adults and up to 4 children can enjoy unlimited travel on all Diamond and Signature Bus services in the zone specified for a whole day.

'West Midlands Family Day', 'Redditch Family Day' & 'Kidderminster Family Day' tickets are just £5! These are valid all day within the areas specified.

If you want to travel further afield, our Diamond Network Family Day is just £7.50 during the holiday. That’s a massive savings of £6.50 off the usual Network price! And you can use this ticket on ANY Diamond or Signature Bus ANYWHERE on the Diamond Network.

Save more at Midlands attractions when you travel by bus!
Not only is traveling by bus a great value way of getting around, did you know that if you travel by bus to many great West Midlands venues you could receive a discount on your entry ticket! 

Head on over to the Network West Midlands website to see the discounts available at attractions such as Dudley Zoo, Thinktank, Sealife and many more. Just download your chosen voucher and show this with your bus ticket to claim the offer!

Why not Tweet us and tells us where you're going during the holidays…. #explorewithdiamond!

Follow us at:
Facebook.com/diamondbuses
Twitter.com/diamondbuses

Diamond Family Day Tickets Terms and Conditions: A Family Day Ticket is valid for one day unlimited travel on all Diamond and Signature services in the zone specified for 2 adults and up to 4 children. A family group must consist of at least 1 adult & 1 child. Children aged 5-15.

Network West Midlands Attractions Vouchers Terms and Conditions: Some terms and conditions may appy to local attractions offers, please refer to your chosen voucher and NWM for further details.

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Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/HalfTermFamilyDayTicketOffers_565.html
<![CDATA[Diamond Bus helps local school learn about the benefits of Public Transport.]]> http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/DiamondBushelpslocalschoollearnaboutthebenefitsofPublicTransport_568.html
Last week, Diamond Bus had the pleasure of helping the pupils of Holyoakes Field First School in Redditch with their project to learn more about using public transport.

Last week, Diamond Bus had the pleasure of helping the pupils of Holyoakes Field First School in Redditch with their project to learn more about using public transport.

In a special outing organised especially for the school, Diamond staff took reception class children on bus journeys from the school, through Batchley and the bus station on one of their modern low floor Streetlite buses.

The children were able to ask lots of questions during their journey about Diamond and the benefits of using the bus. During the trips youngsters also learnt how to ask the bus driver a for a ticket and pay their fare. Each Child paid a small fare of 50p when boarding the bus. Diamond has donated the money raised from these special trips to the local charity, Primrose Hospice.

Reception teachers, Jackie Porter and Kirsty Willis of Holyoakes Field School Said: “The children all thoroughly enjoyed the experience and we are really grateful to Diamond for everything they did for the school by organising these trips. Our Head Teacher thinks it is wonderful.”

Chris Bridges, Diamond Redditch Operations Manager said “We were delighted to be able to help Holyoakes school. Our Driver and Customer Service Advisor who arranged the trips loved meeting the children and answering all of their questions. In addition to assisting the school with their project we were keen to support our local charity Primrose Hospice, by donating the funds raised on the trips to them.”

If any other school in Redditch would like to arrange a similar project with us, please contact comments@diamondbuses.com

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Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/DiamondBushelpslocalschoollearnaboutthebenefitsofPublicTransport_568.html
<![CDATA[Service Changes in Kidderminster and the West Midlands ]]> http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/ServiceChangesinKidderminsterandtheWestMidlands_561.html From Sunday 26th February there will be changes to some services in Kidderminster and in the West Midlands.

SERVICE CHANGES IN KIDDERMINSTER:

There will be a route change and timetable change to the following service Kidderminster:
1 Kidderminster to Rifle Range 

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO NUMBER 1 ROUTE:

  • Around the Rifle Range the bus will now operate in an anti-clockwise direction. This means passengers will now board the service on the side of the road where the bus stops are positioned.
  • The service will now use Sutton Park Road instead of Stourpourt Road and Goldthorn Road. 
  • The 1 will no longer serve Kidderminster General Hospital. For services to the Hospital, please use 2, 2L and 42.

There will also be timetables changes to the following services:

3, 4A, 7, 10, 192, 303

 

SERVICE CHANGES IN THE WEST MIDLANDS:

There will be timetable changes to the following services in the West Midlands:
002, 4, 4H, 142, 192

We will also commence operation of a new service:
243 Dudley to Merry Hill. Sundays only.

BUS STATION STAND CHANGES:
There will be a number of stand changes at Dudley, Halesowen and Stourbridge Bus Stations which will also take place on the date above. 

Service 25 (Stourbridge Bus Station):
This service will now depart from Stand A

Service 124 (Dudley Bus Station):
This service will now depart from Stand J

Service 142 (Stourbridge Bus Station):
This service will now depart from Stand C

Service 192/A/S (Halesowen Bus Station):
This service will now depart from Stand E

Service 243 (Dudley Bus Station):
This service will depart from Stand K

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Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/ServiceChangesinKidderminsterandtheWestMidlands_561.html
<![CDATA[Diamond Bus Tickets available at PayPoint Stores]]> http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/DiamondBusTicketsavailableatPayPointStores_560.html
From 13th February Diamond Bus tickets will be available at PayPoint outlets in Redditch, click here to find out more.

Diamond are pleased to announce that from 13th February some of our tickets will be available at PayPoint outlets in Redditch.
 

Using PayPoint is a great way to buy your Diamond Bus tickets, just pop into your local store to pay for your journey quickly and easily before you travel.

You can buy your ticket before you get on the bus
This reduces queuing times on the bus, especially in the morning and helps the driver leave the bus stop on time.

You can get change when buying your ticket
Although Diamond Drivers do give change when they have it available, sometimes early in the morning they don’t have enough change to give to everyone. By buying your ticket in your local PayPoint store you can get change much more easily.

You can buy your ticket with a debit or credit card
Don’t have any cash to hand? Don’t worry, at PayPoint outlets you can pay for your bus ticket with a debit or credit card, where available.

You can buy the following Reddtich Zone tickets at PayPoint stores:

Child Week £8

Child Month £27 *Exclusive to PayPoint Outlets*

Adult Week £9

Adult Month £33

 

To find your local PayPoint store click here or visit https://www.paypoint.com/en-gb

 

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Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/DiamondBusTicketsavailableatPayPointStores_560.html
<![CDATA[Redditch Service Changes]]> http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/RedditchServiceChanges_554.html From 29th January there will be some changes to services in Redditch as follows:

47

Revised timetable.

48

Revised timetable. 
Earlier journeys from Alexandra Hospital to Redditch.

51

Revised timetable. 
Now every 12 mins Mon-Sat daytimes. 
Earlier journey (Mon-Fri) and additional evening journey. 
Minor changes to Sunday times.

55

Revised timetable and route change. 
No longer serves Woodrow South. 
Minor changes to Sunday times. 
Journeys that do not serve Tesco numbered 55C.

57

Revised timetable.

58

Revised timetable.

62

Earlier journey (Mon-Fri).

64

Revised timetable. 
Most journeys now serves ASDA store.
Journeys that do not serve ASDA numbered 64C.

67

Revised timetable and route change. 
Now serves Woodrow South. 
Earlier journey (Mon-Fri) from Studley.

70

Revised timetable. 
Now every 30 mins Mon-Sat daytimes.

 

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Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/RedditchServiceChanges_554.html