<![CDATA[Diamond Bus Group News]]> http://www.diamondbuses.com/news.html <![CDATA[Merry Hill Special Fare Withdrawal]]> http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/MerryHillSpecialFareWithdrawal_645.html The Merry Hill £1.00 Special Fare between Stourbridge and Merry Hill on these services:

227, 228, 250, 251, 287, 296 

will be withdrawn from 1st December 2017.

From this date, standard Diamond West Midlands fares will be applicable for these journeys.

 

 

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Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/MerryHillSpecialFareWithdrawal_645.html
<![CDATA[REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY SERVICE DIVERSIONS - Sunday 12th November 2017]]> http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/REMEMBRANCESUNDAYSERVICEDIVERSIONS-Sunday12thNovember2017_644.html A number of roads across the West Midlands will be closed for Remembrance Parades on Sunday 12th November. The below services will be effected by these closures.

OLDBURY FROM 10:30 UNTIL 12:00: Church Street will be closed 
4H service: Service 4H will board and alight at the emergency bus stops located on Oldbury Ringway, Adjacent to the Oldbury retail park.

SMETHWICK FROM 10:30 UNTIL 12:00: A number of roads in Smethwick will be closed 
55 Service: The 55 service will divert via Soho Way, after Trinity Motors, then Windmill Lane to rejoin normal line of route in Cape Hill. A large portion of Smethwick High Street will be unable to be served during this time.

QUARRY BANK FROM 11:15 UNTIL 12:00: Park Road will be closed. 
Service 13: Buses will be diverted via Quarry Bank High Street. Mogul Lane and Dunns Bank Estate will NOT be serviced. Passengers should board or alight at the bus stops on Park Road or at the Service X10 stops on Quarry Bank High Street.

Service 243: Buses will be diverted via Quarry Bank High Street. Netherend Lane, Mogul Lane and Bower Lane will NOT be served. Passengers should board or alight at the bus stops on Park Road or at the Service X10 stops on Quarry Bank High Street.

TIPTON FROM 10:30 UNTIL 12:00: Mayfair Gardens will be closed 
Service 229: Buses will NOT service Park Lane West, Queens Road or Owen Street. Passengers should board or alight at the bus stops on Sedgley Road West.

WALSALL FROM 09:00 UNTIL12:00: Bradford Place will be closed 
Services 4 & 4H: Buses will depart from temporary bus stops located on Bradford Street.

BLOXWICH FROM 10:00 UNTIL 1200: High Street will be closed 
Service 301: Buses will divert as follows - Towards Mossley: normal line of route then Pinfold, Field Road, Lichfield Road onto the High Street and then normal line of route. Towards Walsall: reverse of the above.

COSELEY FROM 9:15 UNTIL 11:30: 
Service 82: Towards Wolverhampton: Normal line of route then Birmingham Road, Ivyhouse Lane, Fullwoods End, Gough Road, Yew Tree Lane then normal line of route. Towards Dudley the reverse of the above.

Service 229: Will not be able to service Coseley Town Loop. After Gough Road service will turn into Havacre Lane and continue normal line of route to Dudley and reverse of the above. 

CRADLEY FROM 14.15 UNTIL 16.15:
Service 002: Towards Merry Hill: The bus will continue along Colley Gate then Park Road, Park Lane, Netherend Lane and join normal line of route at Lyde Green. Towards Halesowen/Weoley Castle reverse of above route. 

WORDSLEY FROM 11.00 UNTIL 11.05: 
Service 226: The delay is only for 5 minutes and buses should not be affected. 

GORNAL FROM 9:30 UNTIL 12:00: 
Service 257: Towards Dudley: Cinder Street then Himley Road, Milking Bank to join normal line of route. This means a considerable amount of the route is missed out in Gornal. Potentially the bus could double back on itself from Milking Bank, to serve Corncrake Road, Lake Street and the Five Ways Island to join normal line of route. (Towards Stourbridge reverse of the above).   

HALESOWEN FROM 10:00 UNTIL 12:30: 
Queensway (from Hagley Rd to High St) and High Street will be closed
4H service: Towards Hayley Green - Normal Line of route until Dudley Rd, then Bromsgrove Rd onto Queensway, Enter Halesowen Bus Station and serve stand E, exit Bus Station onto Andrew Rd and normal line of route to Hayley Green. Towards  Walsall - Normal line of route until Bus Station, then divert in reverse of above via Queensway & Bromsgrove Rd to rejoin normal line of route at Dudley Rd.

KINGSWINFORD FROM 10:15 UNTIL 12:45:
Summerhill and High Street, Kingswinford will be closed
Service 226: From Merry Hill potentially we could continue buses along Swindon Road, Kidderminster Road, Dudley Road, Moss Grove to join normal line of route. To Dudley would be reverse of above. We could use Oak Street and cut out Summerhill which is closed but could be an issue with parked cars and a question of the road being suitable. Diversion similar to this recently?

NETHERTON FROM 10:00 UNTIL 12:30:
Halesowen Road/Church Road will be closed 
Service 243: This needs to be looked at but potentially buses can divert from Blowers Green Road along Duncan Edward’s Road, New Rowley Road, Doulton Road, Gawne Lane, Withymoor Road, Oak Street the Cole Street to join normal line of route to Merry Hill.  Reverse of above to Dudley.

SEDGLEY FROM 10:00 UNTIL 12:00: 
Service 229: Towards Bilston, Normal line of route then Brook Street, Bourne Street, King Street, Caddick Street, Clifton Street then Hurst Road to join normal line of route (doubling back into Sedgley and turning at the Bull ring Island. Towards Dudley normal line of route until Bullring Island then High Street, Bilston Street then Hurst Road, Clifton Street, Caddick Street, King Street, Bourne Street and Brook Street to join normal line of route. 

WALL HEATH FROM 10:30 UNTIL 12:00: 
High Street, Wall Heath will be closed 
Service 205: From Wall Heath, Blaze Park, Normal line of route then Swindon Road, Summerhill until normal line of route. This means not serving Wall Heath High Street but a double island is closed. Reverse of above route to Wall Heath. 

DUDLEY FROM 06:00 UNTIL 13:00: 
Several streets in Dudley town centre will be closed 
Service 82: From Dudley - normal line of route leaving the bus station then use The Broadway until joining normal line of route to Priory Road. Towards Dudley - reverse of above.

Service 205 and 257: From Dudley divert using The Broadway, The Parade, Wolverhampton Street and Stafford Street. Towards Dudley - reverse of above.

Service 226 and 243: In both directions use King Street to and from the Bus Station. Do not use High Street on journeys from Merry Hill. 

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Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/REMEMBRANCESUNDAYSERVICEDIVERSIONS-Sunday12thNovember2017_644.html
<![CDATA[New Diamond Bus Website and Mobile App Coming Soon! ]]> http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/NewDiamondBusWebsiteandMobileAppComingSoon_634.html
We have been working on some exciting changes to the Diamond Bus Website and Mobile App.

New Diamond Bus Website and Mobile App Coming Soon! 

We have been working on some exciting changes to the Diamond Bus Website and Mobile App.

In the next few weeks we will be launching our brand new Diamond Bus Website and Mobile App.

We have been working on some exciting new features which will be of great benefit to passengers.

Track your bus...

Earlier this year we installed brand new ticket machines on all our buses, which included the latest in GPS technology.

This means, that through our new website and app, we will now be able to offer passengers access to Real Time Information (RTI) through our Bus Tracker feature.

Bus Tracker, enables you to locate the bus that you wish to catch and check how close the bus is to you and if its on time.

Plan your Journey...
Our new Journey Planner, advises you on the best Diamond services to catch to your required destination, it will even show you how to get to the bus stop to catch your service. You can plan your journey online through the website or while you are on the move in the mobile app.

Next Stop Announcements...
If you are traveling on a service you haven’t used before or in an area that you don’t know well, it can be difficult to know when its the right time to get off the bus.

With our new Next Stop Announcements feature in the mobile app you can set notifications for the next bus stop on your bus route. It’s also a great tool, if you have visual impairments or disabilities, as you can choose how far in advance you are notified of your stop and set audible alerts to notify you too.

New style tickets and passes...
Our app and online tickets and passes will be changing too. With a new improved customer log-in area, you will be able to manage tickets and your account much more easily. Our new app tickets will have a QR Code, which will scan on the ticket machine to check your ticket is valid and record your journey. 

A new security feature means app tickets will now feature a photo of the pass holder too, this enables you to transfer your ticket onto a different phone if you change your handset, but you can still be sure that your ticket can only ever be used by you.

If you are an existing app or online customer you should have recently received an email from us telling you more about the changes to passes.

We are looking forward to launching our new site later this Autumn. The additional features we have developed will give passengers more accurate service information and enable you to plan your journey with us much more effectively.

Keep watching this space to find out when our new site and app are launched!

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Fri, 27 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/NewDiamondBusWebsiteandMobileAppComingSoon_634.html
<![CDATA[Family Day Ticket Offers for Half Term]]> http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/FamilyDayTicketOffersforHalfTerm_642.html
Great value offers are back for the half term holiday

Our great value family day ticket offers are back for the Half Term holiday, so its a great time to plan some fun days out with the kids...

From Saturday 21st until Sunday 29th October 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, up to 2 adults and 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 latest discounts available at attractions such as Black Country Living Museum, Dudley Zoo, Thinktank, Sealife and many more. Just download your chosen voucher and show it with your bus ticket to claim the offer!

There's lots of places to visit over on our Places of Interest page. Why not Tweet us and tell 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 up to 2 adults and 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 Network West Midlands for further details.

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Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/FamilyDayTicketOffersforHalfTerm_642.html
<![CDATA[Diamond tickets go smart with Swift]]> http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/DiamondticketsgosmartwithSwift_639.html
You can now purchase selected Diamond Bus Passes on Swift smart card.

You can now purchase selected Diamond Bus Passes on Swift smart card.

Swift is the easy and flexible way to buy public transport tickets and passes on a smart card. 

You can now buy selected Diamond Bus tickets on a Swift Card at myswiftcard.com 
and networkwestmidlands.com.

Once you have purchased your pass, just load it onto your Swift Card via the Swift Collector Android App or at any Swift Collector point on-street.

To travel just scan your Swift smart card on the bus!

 

Working with Transport for West Midlands to launch some of our products onto Swift Card now gives us the opportunity to add smart card technology to the growing ways passengers can buy Diamond Bus tickets and passes. In addition to Contactless Payment and M-ticketing, both of which are already available to Diamond Customers, we are achieving a key goal of making ticketing more flexible and accessible to passengers.

The below tickets are now available on Swift smart card...

Diamond West Midlands Adult Week
Diamond West Midlands Adult Month
Diamond Network Adult Week
Diamond Network Adult Month
Diamond Redditch Adult Week
Diamond Redditch Adult Month
Diamond Kidderminster Adult Week
Diamond Kidderminster Adult Month

...and more tickets will be coming soon!

 

Please note: Diamond Bus Swift tickets are valid within the specified Diamond Zones only. Please check your zone validity before purchasing Swift products.

Diamond Redditch and Kidderminster tickets are valid only within the Redditch and Kidderminster Zones, for Cross Boundary travel please choose Diamond Network tickets. nBus tickets are not valid outside of the Network West Midlands area.

Updated: 13/10/17

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Wed, 04 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/DiamondticketsgosmartwithSwift_639.html
<![CDATA[749 SERVICE ROUTE CHANGE]]> http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/749SERVICEROUTECHANGE_638.html At the request of Ridgewood School and Passengers, the 749 route will change from Monday 9th October.

The service will now operate as follows:

749 from Amblecote: Service will commence from the 228 Bus Stop on Hillfields Road (opp. Sandringham Way), then left onto Vicarage Road, continue along Vicarage Road, right onto High Street and normal line of route to Ridgewood High School.

749 from Ridgewood High School: Normal line of route until Vicarage Road, then continue along Vicarage Road, turn right onto Hillfields Road and terminate on Hillfields Road (adj. Sandringham Way).

Please note: Trinity Road will no longer be served, Passengers are advised to catch the service at the 228 bus stop on Vicarage Road (nr. Trinity Road).

Revised terminus times can be found here

 

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Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/749SERVICEROUTECHANGE_638.html
<![CDATA[October Service Changes]]> http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/OctoberServiceChanges_636.html During October, there will be a number of changes to Diamond services:

41 and 41A

From Monday 23rd October. New Service 41A introduced.
Service 41A will operate hourly between West Bromwich and Wednesbury via Tantany. Service 41 between West Bromwich and Friar Park is being reduced to hourly. There will still be a combined 30 minute frequency between Westminster Road and West Bromwich.

54 and 54A

From Sunday 22nd October. Route amendment.
From West Bromwich service will now operate via Trinity Way, Spon Lane South, Mallin Street, St Paul’s Road, onto the High Street to follow normal line of route (Same in Reverse). Kenrick Way and Telford Way will no longer be served. No changes to timetable.

205

From Sunday 22nd October. New Hourly Sunday Service.

530

From Monday 23rd October. Early morning weekday trips withdrawn.

19

From Monday 23rd October. Monday to Saturday service withdrawn, no change to Sunday timetable.

 

The below services will no longer be operated by Diamond Bus.
Please visit www.networkwestmidlands.com for alternative operator details.

326

Last day of operation Saturday 21st October 2017.

77

Last day of operation Sunday 15th October 2017.

25

(Wolverhampton)

Last day of operation Sunday 15th October 2017.

57

Last day of operation Saturday 21st October 2017.

 637

Last day of operation Saturday 21st October 2017.

 70

Last day of operation Saturday 21st October 2017.

 50 

(Wolverhampton)

Last day of operation Saturday 21st October 2017.

 600

Last day of operation Saturday 21st October 2017.

27

Last day of operation Saturday 21st October 2017.

28E

Last day of operation Saturday 21st October 2017.

 

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Mon, 02 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/OctoberServiceChanges_636.html
<![CDATA[Diamond to attend West Midlands Jobs and Careers Fair]]> http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/DiamondtoattendWestMidlandsJobsandCareersFair_641.html If you're looking for employment in the West Midlands or Worcestershire, Diamond Bus will be attending the West Midlands Jobs and Careers Fair at the Army Reserves Centre, Redditch.

Come along to find out more about joining the Diamond Bus Depots across the region.

Wednesday 18th October. 10 AM - 4 PM

Location: Army Reserves Centre, Kohima House, Redditch B98 9PJ.
(Please bring a form of Photo ID in order to gain entry)

 

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Sun, 01 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/DiamondtoattendWestMidlandsJobsandCareersFair_641.html
<![CDATA[VELO EVENT: BUS SERVICE DISRUPTION]]> http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/VELOEVENTBUSSERVICEDISRUPTION_628.html On Sunday 24th September the Velo Cycle Race Event will take place across the West Midlands and Worcestershire. Some bus services across the area will be suspended, diverted or delayed as a result of road closures to allow the event to take place. Please see below for Diamond services affected on this day.

Revised timetables for the day are available to download on the individual service pages.

WEST MIDLANDS:

002 from Merry Hill:
0903, 0933,1003, 1033 departures will not operate.
1103 departure and every 30 mins until 1803 will terminate at Howley Grange Road.
Section between Howley Grange and Weoley Castle will not be served throughout the day.

002 from Howley Grange Road:
Section between Weoley Castle and Howley Grange will not be served throughout the day.
0859, 0929, 0959, 1029, 1059 departures from Howley Grange Road will not operate.
Service will commence at 1129 and every 30 mins until 1729 from Howley Grange Rd.

4H from Walsall / West Bromwich:
0905, 0935, 1005 departures from Walsall / 0828, 0858, 0928, 1003 and 1033 departures from West Bromwich towards Hayley Green will terminate at Dudley Road / Coombs Road.
Service will then operate as normal for the remainder of the day.

4H from Hayley Green:
0903, 0933, 1003, 1038 and 1108 departures from Haley Green will start from Dudley Road / Coombs Road at 0914, 0944, 1014, 1049 and 1119.
Service will then operate as normal for the remainder of the day.

13 from Merry Hill:
1015 from Merry Hill will not operate.
Service will then operate as normal for the remainder of the day.

13 from Halesowen:
0945 and 1045 from Halesowen will not operate.
Service will then operate as normal for the remainder of the day.

54A from West Bromwich:
0935 and 1035 from West Bromwich will terminate at Brandhall Interchange.

54A from Quinton:
0930, 1030 and 1130 from Quinton will start from Brandhall Interchange at 0937, 1037 and 1137.
Service will then operate as normal for the remainder of the day.

142 from Stourbridge:
0950 and 1050 from Stourbridge will not operate.
Service will then operate as normal for the remainder of the day.

142 from Halesowen:
1020 and 1120 from Halesowen will not operate.
Service will then operate as normal for the remainder of the day.
 

WORCESTERSHIRE:

42 from Redditch:
0810, 1110, 1410 Departures from Redditch will terminate at Bromsgrove Bus Station.
Section between Bromsgrove and Kidderminster will not be served throughout the day.

42 from Kidderminster:
1210, 1510, 1810 Departures from Kidderminster will commence at Bromsgrove Bus Station at 1235, 1535, 1835.
Section between Kidderminster and Bromsgrove will not be served throughout the day.

3 from Kidderminster: 
During this day, we will not be able to serve Abberley Avenue.
Services will follow the diversion as follows: Normal line of route until Areley Kings Post Office, then continue along Areley Common to Dunley Road turn right and return back to Stourport. Stops on Abberley Avenue, Redstone Lane & Pearl Lane will not be served.

Please be aware that other services in the surrounding areas of the race may also be delayed due to increased traffic around the event and diversion routes. Please allow additional time for your journey. Full details of road closures across the region can be found here: https://velobirmingham.com/the-route/road-closures/

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Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/VELOEVENTBUSSERVICEDISRUPTION_628.html
<![CDATA[004 and 226 Service Changes]]> http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/004and226ServiceChanges_626.html 226 Timetable change 

From Monday 25th September the 226 Monday to Saturday timetable will change. Daytime services will operate as a 20 minute frequency.

Revised times are available to download here

004 Service Withdrawal

The 004 service from Harborne to Merry Hill will be withdrawn and last date of operation will be Saturday 30th September 2017.

The following alternative Diamond Bus services are available between Merry Hill and Halesowen: 

002 - Merry Hill to Weoley Castle via Halesowen
13 - Merry Hill to Halesowen via Fatherless Barn
17- Merry Hill to Halesowen via Cradley Heath

Alternative services between Halesowen and Harborne are provided by National Express West Midlands service 244

For further information and to plan your alternative journey please visit www.networkwestmidlands.com

We thank you for your custom on this service.

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Fri, 01 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.diamondbuses.com/news/004and226ServiceChanges_626.html