Construction work on the public transport network during December and January

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The Smarter Choices team wanted to let you know that there will be lots of construction work on the public transport network during December and January – some of the works may affect your staff and students as they travel around the local area.

Engineering works will take place on the rail network over the Christmas period from Sunday 24th December, 2017, to Tuesday 3rd January, 2018.

Wolverhampton station is also being refurbished.

There will be significant changes to services between Birmingham and Wolverhampton, north of Wolverhampton up to Stafford and on the Cross City Line.

Direct services between Wolverhampton and Birmingham will keep running but many of the local services will use replacement buses.

This work is also affecting the Cross City Line which will have amended services over the Christmas period and into the New Year.

Further information about these rail changes (and changes to bus and tram services) over Christmas/New Year are available online.  (Click on ‘Train’ for details of rail services).

Please note:

There will be fewer trains over Christmas and the New Year and some of the works are continuing through Tuesday 2nd January, 2018, so your journey returning to work after the holiday may be affected by these service changes.

We would encourage those travelling during this period to plan ahead, look at alternative routes or ways to travel, and plan journeys online by public transport, walking or cycling.

The tram track improvement work between Priestfield and Wolverhampton St Georges’ stops on the Bilston Road are now near completion.

The road is open to traffic while we are training drivers and commissioning tracks and bus services 79 & 79E are also running along this road into the centre of Wolverhampton.

Tram services into Wolverhampton St Georges will resume on 10th December, 2017, subject to successful track commissioning.

Further information and timetables are available online. (Click on ‘Bilston Road Metro Line – November Update’)

If you travel between Wolverhampton and Birmingham regularly, you may wish to consider using the tram as an alternative to the train while engineering works are taking place on the rail network in this area over the Christmas period.

Further to the consultation that was undertaken over the summer, National Express West Midlands is seeking further views in relation to their proposed South Birmingham bus network.  National Express is looking to provide faster, more reliable, and more punctual journeys across this part of the city.

The South Birmingham bus network consultation has been re-issued and TfWM and the bus operator National Express are urging those travelling around the South of Birmingham to have a look at the proposed services on the following link:

Additional Information for Birmingham Schools and Education sites

Throughout 2018 Birmingham City Council and McPhillips (Wellington) Ltd will be converting the Ashted Circus roundabout into a signalised cross roads junction.  Information is available at:

You are welcome to attend a ‘Meet the Contractor’ event about these upcoming improvements on Tuesday 5th December 2017, 2pm – 7pm, Nechells Wellbeing Centre (formerly the Community Sports Centre), on Rupert Street, Nechells, B7 4PS.

How we can help your students and staff travel around

We also wanted to remind you that our team can come out to you and support students and staff travelling around.

Please get in touch at to find out more or to book in Journey planning workshops or providing resources for events.

And don’t forget our Class Pass ticket – how about a trip to the German Market ? just £21.50 for 10 students and 2 adults to travel all day on bus, train or tram services in the West Midlands.

We look forward to hearing from you,

The Smarter Choices Team,

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