Warwickshire County Council has been in discussions with the local bus operator Stagecoach who has now agreed to restore a direct bus service between Stratford and Warwick Hospital after a four-year gap.
Overall the changes being introduced by Stagecoach and the alterations to financially supported services being made by the county council should produce an improved public transport network in the area.
Cllr Martin Heatley
In a series of changes to its bus service network in Stratford and South Warwickshire Stagecoach have decided to re-establish their Stratford to Coventry service.
The 16 service will, after serving Warwick town centre, be routed via the Hospital and then Leek Wootton, Kenilworth, University of Warwick and Coventry. It will no longer serve Leamington.
The journey time from Stratford to the Hospital is also much faster than it used to be when it was part of the 18 service. The 18 used to take 47 minutes whereas the 16 will take only 28 minutes.
The other major Stagecoach change is a new service between Stratford and Leamington, via Wellesbourne, the Crematorium and Bishops Tachbrook. It’s the first time people will be able to travel by bus to the Crematorium.
Warwickshire County Council has responded to the Stagecoach changes by altering several bus services that it financially supports.
Changes to the Kenilworth town services. The 539 will no longer serve Warwick. It will start at Kenilworth Clock and is routed through the south east of the town before serving Stoneleigh, Baginton and Coventry. The 540 will continue to provide journeys between Kenilworth and Cannon Park shops. It will also provide journeys into Kenilworth town centre for passengers living in the Clinton Lane and Castle area but at times more suitable for shopping.
The routing of the revised Stagecoach 16 service and the Johnsons 539 service allows for the 541 and 543 services to be discontinued.
The village of Kineton is now served on a more frequent Stratford to Banbury 270 service operated by Johnsons. This allows Stratford to be withdrawn from the Stagecoach 77 service which will now operate between Kineton and Leamington with occasional journeys serving villages beyond Kineton such as Temple Herdewyke, Northend and Fenny Compton.
Cllr Martin Heatley, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment said: “Overall the changes being introduced by Stagecoach and the alterations to financially supported services being made by the county council should produce an improved public transport network in the area.
“We are particularly delighted that Stagecoach is restoring the direct link from Stratford to Warwick Hospital, Kenilworth and Coventry and that buses will now serve the crematorium.”
Details of all the changes to bus services in the Stratford and south Warwickshire area due on October 1 are displayed on the county council website www.warwickshire.gov.uk/publictransport listed under ‘Forthcoming Bus Service Changes’.