Diamond Midlands Review August

Updates on Diamond Bus Service Review

28 July 2022

West Midlands Worcester and Warwickshire

Diamond Bus recently confirmed that some of its services are currently under review with the risk of some service cuts.

Vital Government funding that enabled essential bus services to continue operating during the Coronavirus pandemic will end later this year. Government funding gave a life line to bus companies over the previous two years, however the long reaching effects of the pandemic are still being felt by bus operators with passenger numbers still dramatically lower than pre-covid levels.

Whilst we appreciate the news about proposed service cuts causes concern to passengers, we want to reassure you we are doing all we can to resolve this situation.

As a company we do not want to cut services, but the current climate means that the majority of our services run at considerable loss. We have been in discussion with Local Authorities, MPs and councillors to make them aware of the situation and hope that by working together we can collectively improve this position.

It is also important to state that this current dilemma is not only a Diamond Bus issue, it is an industry-wide problem created by accelerating operating costs and a reduction in the number of people using buses post COVID. Without the intervention of additional subsidy bus services will need to be reviewed for either service reduction or withdrawal altogether.

Diamond Bus has continued to be committed to providing a viable and desirable network in the Midlands. We have worked hard to meet the challenges of operating in a demanding market, by investing in new buses and better technology, whilst keeping fares affordable for passengers.

Ultimately we are committed to growing our services to keep communities moving. As we move forward from a very difficult period during Covid we want to encourage passengers back to support their local bus network. We have continued investing in our business to provide a strong local network, but in order to maintain that long term we need passenger levels to return to how they were before the pandemic.

Currently, we envisage that reviews will be undertaken over the coming months, with service changes and fare revisions to be implemented by 28th August 2022.

Confirmed changes in August:

Service Route Change Date Proposed Change

002

Weoley Castle - Merry Hill

28/08/22

Timetable change, frequency reduction to every 20 mins

4/4H

Walsall - Blackheath / HayleyGreen

28/08/22

Timetable changes. 4H service to Hayley Green will be reduced to half-hourly. 4 Service extended to Blackheath.
A combined frequency of 4 & 4H will be upto every 10mins between Walsall to Blackheath.

10

Kidderminster - Spennells

28/08/22

Timetable Improvements for commuters to provide better connections with Birmingham train services

13

Merry Hill - Halesowen

28/08/22

Some minor timetable changes

15

Tamworth - Hurley

28/08/22

Service Saved. Will be renumbered 76B and timetable revised.

16S

Castle Bromwich - Kingsbury School

28/08/22

Service will be withdrawn, due to being unsustainable at current passenger levels.

X16

Birmingham - Tamworth

28/08/22

Service will be withdrawn, due to being unsustainable at current passenger levels.

X20

Stratford - Coventry

14/08/22

Will operate current timetable in full until 14/8/22.
From 14/8/22 until 28/822, A revised timetable will operate between Solihull and Coventry by Diamond Bus on behalf of TFWM.
From 14/08/22, Solihull to Stratford service will be operated by Stagecoach on behalf of Warwickshire County Council.
From 28/08/22, Coventry to Solihull service will be undertaken by a different operator on behalf of Transport for West Midlands**. 

34

Kings Health to Birmingham

28/08/22

Withdrawn due to end of TfWM contract**

35

Lichfield - Walsall

28/08/22

Service will be withdrawn, due to being unsustainable at current passenger levels.

61

West Bromwich - Perry Barr

29/08/22

Some timetable changes.

67

Redditch to Studley

28/08/22

This service will be withdrawn but will be replaced by a re-routed Service 247 with a revised timetable.

76/76A

Tamworth to Kingsbury / Sutton Coldfield

28/08/22

Service Saved. will be continued with a reduced frequency between Tamworth and Kingsbury and a revised timetable introduced. Service 76A (early morning and late afternoon) continues, with a revised timetable. 

87/87A

Solihull to Coventry

28/08/22

Service will no longer be operated by Diamond Bus due to end of TfWM contract**

88/88A

Solihull to Balsall Common 28/08/22 Service will no longer be operated by Diamond Bus due to end of TfWM contract**

89

Solihull to Coventry

28/08/22

Withdrawn due to end of TfWM contract**

94

Birmingham to Chelmsley Wood

28/08/22

Some timetable changes.

202

Halesowen - Bromsgrove

28/08/22

Some Minor timetable changes to Saturday mornings

226

Merry Hill - Dudley

28/08/22

Service will be re-routed on a trial basis to serve Wall Heath during Mon-Sat daytimes. Frequency reduced to every 30 mins.
Evening & Sunday services will be renumbered 226A and operate as per current 226 not serving Wall Heath

247

Redditch - Evesham

28/08/22

Service Saved. Service will be rerouted between Redditch Bus Station and Alexandra Hospital via the current Service 67 route, and reduced frequency over whole route.

424

Perry Barr to Asda Queslett

28/08/22

Withdrawn due to end of TfWM contract**

** For information on alternative routes and other operators, please contact TfWM

Service changes still under proposal:

Alternative proposals for services marked * have been submitted by Diamond Bus to Worcestershire County Council, we are currently awaiting feedback from the local authority on these proposals.

Service Route Change Date Proposed Change

2

Bewdley - Kidderminster

28/08/22

Service to be reinstated following withdrawal of the 8*

8

Bewdley - Kidderminster

28/08/22

Service unsustainable at current passenger levels and will be withdrawn*

11

Redditch - Washford Mill

28/08/22

Service unsustainable at current passenger levels and will be withdrawn*

12

Redditch - Astwood Bank

28/08/22

Service unsustainable at current passenger levels and will be withdrawn*

52

Redditch to Kidderminster

28/08/22

Service unsustainable at current passenger levels and will be withdrawn*

52A

Alexandra Hospital to Bromsgrove

28/08/22

Service unsustainable at current passenger levels and will be withdrawn*

62

Redditch Circular

28/08/22

Service unsustainable at current passenger levels and will be withdrawn*

Our service review will continue over the coming weeks and months, the information detailed above may be subject to change, therefore we recommend that customers continue to check back for information regularly and follow us on Facebook or Twitter for latest updates.

Updated 05/08/22.

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