Service Changes 1 April 2018

March 16th, 2018


Changes Announced to Local Bus Services following Funding Cuts by Staffordshire County Council from 1 April 2018

Following an eight-week consultation by Staffordshire County Council which asked for people’s views on four different options of local bus service provision, a decision has been reached by the local authority to make cuts to a number of local bus routes across Staffordshire. Some of these changes affect bus routes operated by Midland Classic and those changes are outlined below.

The changes will be introduced from 1 April 2018:

Route 1: Burton on Trent – Rolleston – Tutbury

All journeys on Saturdays will be withdrawn following a decline in patronage.

The departure at 0710 from Eton Park to Burton will be withdrawn Monday – Friday along with the 1620, 1650 and 1720 departures from Burton also on Monday to Friday. Additional journeys will run on route 8H at similar times to serve Horninglow Road and Rolleston Road.

Route 2: Edge Hill – Burton on Trent – Horninglow

An amended timetable will be introduced with some weekday journeys withdrawn. The Saturday service will now run up to every 30 minutes.

Route 3: Winshill – Burton – Queens Hospital – Longmead Road

Route 8: Swadlincote – Newhall – Burton – Queens Hospital – Longmead Road

The Monday to Saturday timetable on routes 3/8 and Sunday route 8H will be amended in the Horninglow area to provide a new service to the Red House Farm development (subject to Bus Gate being opened between Lower Outwoods Road and new housing development – if not accessible from 1 April 2018 buses will wait time at Queens Hospital). Buses to Norton Road and Longmead Road continue to run up to every 30 minutes.

Following recent monitoring of bus routes, we will no longer run via Elmsleigh Drive and some poorly used evening journeys are withdrawn.

Route 4: Woodville – Swadlincote – Stanton – Burton

The 1755 Burton – Woodville along with the 2005 Burton – Woodville and 2025 Woodville – Burton journeys are withdrawn due to a decline in patronage.

Route 401: Uttoxeter – Tutbury – Queens Hospital – Burton

The departures at 0644 from Hatton and 0725 from Uttoxeter to Burton on Monday to Friday will no longer serve Rolleston and will run along Lodge Hill between Tutbury, Burton Street and The Beacon, Tutbury Road. The departure at 0644 from Hatton to Burton is retimed to depart at 0634.

On Saturdays a new departure will be introduced from Uttoxeter to Burton at 0755. Departures at 0725 and 0830 from Uttoxeter to Burton will run on Monday to Friday only. The departure at 0644 from Hatton to Burton will be withdrawn on Saturdays due to a decline in patronage.

The Sunday service along with most weekday evening journeys between Burton and Uttoxeter will no longer operate following withdrawal of support by Staffordshire County Council. We’re pleased to announce the departure at 1835 from Burton to Uttoxeter and the 1925 (previously 1945) departure from Uttoxeter to Burton will continue to operate on Monday to Saturday without support from the local authority.

Route 406: Uttoxeter – Outer Circle

The Saturday Town Circle journey at 0800 will be withdrawn along with ALL evening journeys on Monday to Saturday from 1923 onwards will be withdrawn following withdrawal of support by Staffordshire County Council.

Route 402A: Burton – Abbots Bromley – Draycott – Uttoxeter

All journeys running towards Burton will be retimed and run direct from the Acorn Inn to Burton. The 0715 from Burton is retimed to depart at 0710.

Route 811 / 812: Burton Barton under Needwood – Lichfield

The Saturday departure at 0615 Burton to Lichfield is withdrawn following a decline in patronage.

The Monday to Friday departure at 0635 from Lichfield to Burton along with the Saturday departure at 0715 from Lichfield to Burton will commence in Barton.

The 1540 departure on weekdays from Lichfield will be retimed to depart 10 minutes later to maintain reliability.

We’re pleased to introduce new journeys to Barton at 2015, returning at 2036 providing partial replacements of withdrawn journeys previously supported by Staffordshire County Council. These new journeys are being introduced on a trial basis.

The Monday to Saturday departures from Burton to Lichfield at 1900 and 2100 along with the 2000 and 2215 departures from Lichfield to Burton departures and all Sunday journeys are withdrawn following withdrawal of support by Staffordshire County Council.

A NEW journey will be introduced on Monday to Saturday departing Lichfield, Bus Station at 1910 for Burton as service 811 calling at Streethay, Fradley, Alrewas, Barton under Needwood and Branston.

Route X12: Burton – Branston – Lichfield – fast & direct

The weekdays 0710 Burton Railway Station, Burton to Lichfield will commence in New Street.

The 1910 departure from Lichfield to Burton will be renumbered 811 and will call at Streethay, Fradley, Alrewas, Barton under Needwood and Branston offering a partial replacement to later evening journeys being withdrawn following withdrawal of support by the local authority.

Route 822: Lichfield City Circular

The departure at 1515 from Lichfield Bus Station will be withdrawn following a decline in in patronage.

Midland Classic Operations Manager, Michael Cartwright said: “Following the eight-week consultation by Staffordshire County Council which asked for people’s views on four different options of local bus service provision, a decision has been reached by the local authority to make cuts to a number of local bus routes across Staffordshire. Although some of these changes affect bus routes operated by Midland Classic we have looked closely at those routes and are pleased to be able to retain some and introduce new journeys without support from the local authority.”

 Please note that from 1st April the price of single tickets bought with a “Your Staffordshire” card will increase to £1.30

To find out more information about revised bus services call our customer helpline on 01283 500228, email us at info@midlandclassic.com or pick-up a copy of our free timetable booklets at local libraries, council offices, Tourist Information Centres and on-bus.

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