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Public Consultation on National Express Buses in West Bromwich, Bearwood, Oldbury and Blackheath

National Express West Midlands wants to hear from members of the public before it changes some bus routes in West Bromwich, Bearwood, Oldbury, Blackheath and surrounding areas.

Andy Foster, the bus operator’s Head of Network Management, said: “We have to make changes every so often to make sure our passengers can rely on their bus service. There are a number of major roadworks coming up which will significantly increase traffic levels on the local road network. In addition, people’s travel patterns change over time.

“We are looking to make these changes in April 2017. We would like your feedback - good or bad - on our proposals by Sunday 5 February. You can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The services which could change are:

50A & 50C – West Bromwich to Bearwood

  • 50A & 50C replaced by changes to 48, 83 & 89 and new service 48A.
  • 48A would serve Salop Road, Bristnall Hall Road and George Road.
  • 83 would cover Crocketts Lane, Price Street and Windmill Lane between Cape Hill and West Bromwich.
  • The 83 would run more often – every 20 minutes
  • 89 changed to run to West Bromwich via Kenrick Park, replacing the 50A & 50C on Brasshouse Lane & Dartmouth Road. This would maintain links from Hales Lane and Londonderry Lane to West Bromwich.
  • Route 82 maintains the link between Bearwood and Cape Hill.

48 – West Bromwich to Northfield and 48A – West Bromwich to Bearwood via Salop Road, Bristnall Hall Road and George Road

  • 48 to continue beyond Bearwood to Harborne, Q.E. Hospital, Weoley Castle and Northfield every 30 minutes.
  • New 48A introduced between West Bromwich and Bearwood to cover Salop Road, Bristnall Hall Road and George Road.
  • Frequency of buses between West Bromwich and Bearwood increased to every 15 minutes on 48 & 48A.

80 – Birmingham to West Bromwich

  • Route of the 80 changed in Smethwick to cover Devonshire Road.
  • Frequency between Cape Hill, Shireland Road, Portland Road, City Road, Icknield Port Road and Birmingham City Centre (Markets) increased to every 10 minutes between the 80 and revised 83.
  • Should the 80 operate along St. Paul’s Road between Smethwick High Street and West Bromwich or along Oldbury Road?

83 – Birmingham to West Bromwich

  • Birmingham City Centre terminus changed to Upper Dean Street (Markets).
  • Frequency increased to every 20 minutes.
  • Route changed between Cape Hill and Birmingham to follow the route of the 80 along Shireland Road, Portland Road, City Road and Icknield Port Road.
  • Between Smethwick and West Bromwich, route changed to operate along Smethwick High Street, Oldbury Road and Spon Lane.
  • Kenrick Park served by revised route 89.
  • Should the 83 operate along St. Paul’s Road between Smethwick High Street and West Bromwich or along Oldbury Road?

89 – Birmingham to Blackheath

  • 89 would link people to West Bromwich rather than Oldbury.
  • Route unchanged between Birmingham and Smethwick (Stony Lane).
  • Between Smethwick and West Bromwich buses would run via Brasshouse Lane, Dartmouth Road and Kenrick Park.
  • Between Oldbury and Blackheath, new route 120A replaces the 89 at a higher 20 minute frequency.
  • 120, 120A and 128 continue to link Oldbury with Tat Bank Road/Rood End Road.
  • 89 provides a direct link from West Bromwich to Birmingham City Hospital on Dudley Road and will also provide a direct link to the new Midland Metropolitan Hospital, which is currently under construction. 
  • Should the 89 continue to operate the double loop at Victoria Park (High Street/Newlands Green) on journeys from Birmingham – or should the route be changed to operate directly onto Bearwood Road, omitting the Victoria Park stop but saving time?

120 – Birmingham to Oldbury and Dudley and 120A – Birmingham to Oldbury and Blackheath

  • Route and frequency unchanged between Birmingham and Oldbury.
  • 120 continues to run every 20 minutes between Oldbury and Dudley.
  • New 120A introduced every 20 minutes between Birmingham, Oldbury and Blackheath, replacing the 89 between Oldbury and Blackheath.
  • Faster journey times to Birmingham with more buses and new links to Hagley Road for passengers from Blackheath and Lion Farm.

For more information please contact National Express on 0871 781 8181 or visit

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