Service 44: Timetable Changes
31st October 1987
Worcester Citibus Network changesShow All
On Saturday 31st October 1987, Midland Red West Limited extend their Worcester Citibus network to include Droitwich Spa, and introduce service revisions on most existing Worcester Citibus routes and certain Country and “Midland Express” routes in Worcester, Droitwich Spa, and Malvern areas.
- Sunday workings of Warndon Citibus Service 34 (clockwise circular) and Service 37 (anti-clockwise circular) are re-routed to omit Lansdowne Road, running direct via Lowesmoor. These journeys are renumbered to new Worcester Citibus Service 44 and Service 47 respectively.
18th April 2004
On Sunday 18th April 2004, First Midland Red Buses Limited introduced a large number of changes to their bus services in Worcestershire. These are a result of both efficiencies introduced by the company and by changes to Worcestershire County Council subsidy strategy.
- Worcestershire County Council contract to operate evening Service 46 and Service 46A between Worcester, Great Malvern and Belmont passes from First Midland Red Buses Limited to Astons Coaches under re-tendering. These journeys are cut back to run only between Worcester and Great Malvern and operate as Service 44.
5th July 2004
Worcester “Overground” Network LaunchedShow All
On Monday 5th July 2004, First Midland Red Buses Limited re-brand their local service in Worcester City as the new Worcester “Overground” network.
- Service 44 between Worcester, Powick, Malvern Link and Great Malvern is re-branding as “Red Line” as part of the new Worcester “Overground” network.
4th September 2005
On Sunday 4th September 2005, First Midland Red Buses Limited introduced a number of significant changes across all of their operating area. Many of these are the result of changes to contracts issued by Worcestershire County Council and include the launch of “Worcester Express” network to expand and replace the Worcester North Park+Ride Services, and the withdrawal of Malvern area “FlexiLINK” and “EasyLINK” services.
- Service 44 is extending past County Hall to Worcestershire Royal Hospital. The service now runs direct between Red Hill and County Hall, with Baynham Estate no longer served. This extension is partly funded by Worcestershire County Council to improve links between Malvern and the hospital.
27th February 2007
- Worcestershire County Council contract to operate evening journeys on Service 44 is passed to First Midland Red Buses Limited (previously operated by Astons Coaches).
1st September 2009
Worcester area network changesShow All
- The County Hall to Worcestershire Royal Hospital section of Service 44 is withdrawn.
15th October 2017
On Sunday 15th October 2017, First Midland Red Buses Limited revise most of their services, with minor changes in the Worcester City Area and on Service 144 and Service 144A, and a new network of services for Pershore and Evesham areas, and for Malvern area.
- New Service X43 and Service X44 are introduced between Worcester and Great Malvern, runing via Bromwich Road and omitting Malvern Retail Park. Service X43 runs via Malvern Vale and Belmont every 30-minutes and replaces certain Service 44A journeys, while Service X44 runs via Pound Bank and Barnards Green at peak-times only as a direct alternative to Service 44.
- Certain Service 44 journeys are extended past County Hall to Worcestershire Royal Hospital. All Service 44C journeys are withdrawn and replaced by additional Service 44 journeys, with a 15-minute frequency during the daytime (Service 44 and Service 44C had a combined frequency of evrey 10-minutes).
16th April 2018
- Service 43S and Service 44S are introduced as a variations to Service 43 and Service 44, running via Battenhall Road, Timberdine Avenue, and Bath Road, on schooldays only.