Bus service review in Worcestershire.

Bus and Coach operations, new or changed services and timetables for First Midland Red Buses Limited or its predecessor, Midland Red West Limited.
asb
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Re: Bus service review in Worcestershire.

Post by asb » 13:52 Monday 13th June 2022

I travelled on the 423 a couple of weeks ago on a Wednesday at lunchtime (i.e. the same day of the week and about the same time the bonus trip ran when MRW had it) and there were only two passengers.

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Re: Bus service review in Worcestershire.

Post by trainbasher » 22:05 Tuesday 14th June 2022

Looks like the 31/A is brown bread from July 24th

PD0000480/26 Cancelled
FIRST MIDLAND RED BUSES LTD

Route: Worcestershire Royal Hospital to Henwick Park, Monarch Drive via Worcester, City Centre Bus Station

Service number: 31 (31A, 31U)

Service type: Normal Stopping

Effective date: 24 Jul 2022

bmmoboy
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Re: Bus service review in Worcestershire.

Post by bmmoboy » 21:52 Wednesday 15th June 2022

The information on the application is incorrect, as the 31 has not operated to the Royal Hospital for several years, and the 31U was a short lived night-time service. This has probably been done to try and get a further subsidy from the Council.

Having driven many times over the past few weeks on the 31A, I will not be surprised if this is discontinued, as I have only had two passengers use the bus stops on the Comer Road/Laugherne Road section.

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Re: Bus service review in Worcestershire.

Post by DD12 » 10:38 Thursday 16th June 2022

bmmoboy wrote:
21:52 Wednesday 15th June 2022
The information on the application is incorrect, as the 31 has not operated to the Royal Hospital for several years, and the 31U was a short lived night-time service. This has probably been done to try and get a further subsidy from the Council.

Having driven many times over the past few weeks on the 31A, I will not be surprised if this is discontinued, as I have only had two passengers use the bus stops on the Comer Road/Laugherne Road section.
bmmoboy may be replying to a post I put on very briefly, but there was a glitch (my end) so now it's gone ! -- --
Someone on the wmbusphotos forum has posted that First have notified the authorities that they will cancel the 31 / 31A (no further info yet).

DD12
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Re: Bus service review in Worcestershire.

Post by DD12 » 14:27 Thursday 16th June 2022

Astons have announced on Facebook that they are finishing their operation of the 294 / 296 and S15, - from 20/6/22, and someone else has posted that DIAMOND have been given the work --
I have put this information here because there is the prospect that Diamond MIGHT be going to do some workings along the 31 / 31A routes -- ???

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Re: Bus service review in Worcestershire.

Post by DD12 » 14:45 Thursday 16th June 2022

https://www.diamondbuses.com/news/diamo ... ds-review/

Also, Diamond have just made this announcement !!

(I have posted the link here for continuity).

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Re: Bus service review in Worcestershire.

Post by DC54 » 08:56 Friday 17th June 2022

DD12 wrote:
14:27 Thursday 16th June 2022
Astons have announced on Facebook that they are finishing their operation of the 294 / 296 and S15, - from 20/6/22, and someone else has posted that DIAMOND have been given the work --
I have put this information here because there is the prospect that Diamond MIGHT be going to do some workings along the 31 / 31A routes -- ???
Here’s the announcement from Diamond regarding the S15, 294 and 296…
https://www.diamondbuses.com/news/new-k ... es-june22/

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Re: Bus service review in Worcestershire.

Post by Ridercross » 13:37 Saturday 18th June 2022

The Diamond advance warning said that the 303 route would be amended from 24/07/22.

On a post on the Wyre Forest Bus Users Facebook page Simon Dunn advised that:

The 303 is being re-routed to cover the 37 service. We are hopeful this will improve its viability. at the same time in the short term Worcestershire County Council have provided some funding. We need to see how the next few months go.

DD12
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Re: Bus service review in Worcestershire.

Post by DD12 » 18:36 Thursday 23rd June 2022

https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/news/ ... estershire

Linking-in to Tim's post in the Diamond section is the above statement (23/6/22).

bmmoboy
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Re: Bus service review in Worcestershire.

Post by bmmoboy » 20:32 Thursday 23rd June 2022

I have very little confidence in the WCC Public Transport department.

Recently, when Droitwich Road outside the new Lidl was closed for 48 hours from Friday evening until Sunday evening, the council suggested that northbound buses travel via Checketts Lane, Ombersley Road, The Northern Link road, and down the slip road to re-join the normal route on the A38 near The Grange, so that Dilmore Road would be served, and southbound would be in reverse. WHAT SLIP ROAD????? What hope for any bus services in the future if the Public Transport department don't know the road layouts.

Incidentally, the route used was via the Northern Link but using Hurst Lane into Fernhill Heath, thus missing out a section of around 2 miles, and the busiest bus stop at DIlmore Lane.

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