Birmingham Service Changes – Sunday 4th October 2020

Updated: Service 55 no longer diverted in Kingshurst

From this Sunday (4th October) there will be some minor timetable adjustments, along with some additional X70 journeys to Hams Hall, and a temporary diversion in Shard End and Kingshurst for the 55.

X70 – Chelmsley Wood – Birmingham

  • Mon-Fri 13:30pm journey from Chelmsley Wood will be moved forward to 13:20pm and will serve Hams Hall.
  • New early morning journeys introduced on a Sunday on a trial basis – 05:10am from City Centre and 06:09am from Chelmsley Wood both serving Hams Hall.  
  • On Sundays the 14:00pm journey from Chelmsley Wood will be moved forward to 13:50pm and serve Hams Hall.
  • On Sundays the 13:00pm journey from City Centre will also serve Hams Hall on its way to Chelmsley Wood.

97 / 97S – Chelmsley Wood – Birmingham City Centre

  • From Sunday 4th October 2020 the 97/97S service will no longer use stop MS18 as it’s terminus.
  • The new terminus for the 97/97S service will be stop BS17 on Albert Street.
  • Terminus changes are due to works commencing on Moor Street 

School services below will have some timetable amendments.

49 – Solihull – Shirley – Maypole – Cotteridge – West Heath – Longbridge – Rubery – Frankley – Allens Cross – Northfield

  • Some school day only journeys are withdrawn

76 – Solihull – Shirley – Kings Heath – Selly Oak – QE Hospital / Birmingham University

  • Additional morning school day journeys from Kings Heath to Solihull are introduced to increase capacity

897 – Lode Heath School – Wagon Lane / New Coventry Road

  • This journey will depart Lode Heath School at 15:20pm due to changes in school finishing times

Services below will have minor timetable amendments.

8A – Saltley – Aston Cross – Hockley – Jewellery Quarter – Five Ways – Small Heath – Saltley [Inner Circle, Anticlockwise]

8C – Saltley – Small Heath – Five Ways – Jewellery Quarter – Hockley – Aston Cross – Saltley [Inner Circle, Clockwise]

17 – Birmingham – Hob Moor Road – Garretts Green – The Radleys – Tile Cross

61 – Frankley – Northfield – Selly Oak – Birmingham

63 – Birmingham city centre – Selly Oak – Northfield – Longbridge – Rubery – Frankley

73 – Heartlands Hospital – Yardley, Yew Tree – Sheldon, Wheatsheaf – Solihull

101 – Birmingham – Jewellery Quarter – Winson Green – Handsworth, Oxhill Road

X12 – Solihull – Birmingham 

Service 55 temporary diversion from Sunday 4th October 2020

Due to overgrown trees, service 55 will operate to a temporary diversion route from Sunday 4th October. Regrettably, some sections of route will not be served until the affected trees have been pruned. 

For more information and diversion details, please see below.

  • Kendrick Avenue and Pithall Road will not be served. 
  • Instead, the 55 will run directly along Packington Avenue.

From the same date, this service will become double-deck operated in order to ease some overcrowding at times on this service, hence the need to cut back low-hanging trees.


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