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New bus services for Warwickshire announced

Stratford Editorial 18th May, 2024   0

NEW bus services in Warwickshire have been announced.

Warwickshire County Council (WCC) and Stagecoach have announced changes to services which will come into effect between May 25 and June 14.

They include new evening services to support the county’s nighttime economy, and measures to ensure buses turn up on time.

The changes are part of a two-year programme of investment designed to improve the county’s bus network, funded by a £5.5million grant from the government’s Bus Service Improvement Plan.




The council also hopes the two-year programme will allow it to explore increased weekend services, fare initiatives and multi-operator ticketing in the future.

WCC’s transport spokesman Coun Jan Matecki said the changes were a major step forward for public transport in county.


“These changes will make buses a more reliable and attractive option for everyday travel, and also provide a welcome boost to our nighttime economy.

“With new evening services and improved timetables, residents can enjoy a night out or socialise later safe in the knowledge they can get home easily by bus.

“I look forward to seeing more people using Warwickshire buses.”

Mark Whitelocks, Managing Director for Stagecoach Midlands added: “These changes will also help improve reliability, giving passengers comfort that their bus will turn up as expected.”

See below for a list of the changes to bus services in Rugby, Leamington and Stratford.

Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/public-transport for more information about bus services in Warwickshire.

Rugby

  • Service 4: Following a council review the Sunday services will be revised to run every 30 minutes. Starts 25 May 2024.
  • Service 4A: A new evening service with later buses supporting those working or socialising in the evening. The last buses from the town centre to both Brownsover and Bilton will now be at 2234.
  • Service 63: The morning journey leaving Leamington at 07:04 will leave 12 minutes earlier to help improve reliability during the morning. Starts 1 June 2024
  • Service 64: The morning journey will leave 8 minutes earlier at 0545 from Rugby. Starts 1 June 2024
  • Service 961: The 0813 will depart at 0810 with more time to complete the journey reflecting local traffic conditions. Starts 1 June 2024

Leamington & Stratford

  • Service 1: evening services retimed. Some journeys extended to Jaguar Land Rover at Gaydon via Bishops Tachbrook and Lighthorne Heath, replacing service 77 at these times. On Fridays & Saturdays, one journey will provide a late evening service through to Southam. Starts 25 May 2024.
  • Service X18: Following the great success of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s trial of an evening service running Thursday to Saturday between Stratford-upon-Avon and Coventry, the council has stepped in to fund this Monday to Saturday securing it for the future. Starts 25 May 2024.
  • Service 75A: New evening services running Friday and Saturday from Stratford rail station and town centre to Lower Quinton with one journey extending to Shipston. Starts 25 May 2024.
  • Service 77: evening journeys after 8.30pm replaced by enhanced service 1. Starts 25 May 2024.
  • Service 63: The morning journey leaving Leamington at 07:04 will leave 12 minutes earlier to help improve reliability during the morning. Starts 1st June 2024
  • Service 64: The morning journey will leave 8 minutes earlier at 0545 from Rugby. Starts 1 June 2024
  • Service 247A: Additional journey Fridays and Saturday evenings 2230 Redditch-Studley-Alcester-Bidford; returning 23h15 (run by Diamond)

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