Sunday, 9 November 2014

146: Birmingham - Redditch


The 146 connects England's third city with the town that once produced 90% of the world's needles. It runs hourly Monday to Saturday daytimes and is operated by Rotala's Diamond.


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Places served





The 146 starts from stop NS7 on Smallbrook Queensway, near New Street railway station and the Bullring:


It then calls at stop HF1 on Bristol Street, near the O2 Academy:







Buses towards Redditch use stops LA and LK. Buses towards Birmingham use stops LJ and LN.





Buses towards Redditch use stop EF on Bristol Road:


Buses towards Birmingham use stop EJ, just over the Priory Road crossroads and a short walk from the cricket ground:






Buses to Redditch stop on the right, buses to Birmingham on the left on the A441 Pershore Road, next to Birmingham Nature Centre on the edge of the park:









Buses towards Redditch stop near the Co-Operative funeral parlour on the A441 Hazelwell Street one-way system:


Buses to Birmingham stop by the Co-Operative supermarket and travel agency:


Stirchley is just a short walk away from Bournville railway station and Cadbury World.






Buses to Redditch use stop CM on the right and buses to Birmingham use stop CE on the left at Cotteridge Island:


One stop along is Kings Norton railway station, which isn't actually in Kings Norton village.




Buses to Redditch stop on Pershore Road South near the roundabout at The Green:


Buses to Birmingham stop over the road and a bit further north:









The last stop in the West Midlands County is at The Crest.




Buses to Redditch stop on the right, buses to Birmingham on the left on the A441 Birmingham Road:


Just in the distance in the picture above, where the road crosses the Worcester and Birmingham Canal is the Hopwood House pub.





Buses to Redditch stop near The Square on Red Lion Street:


Buses to Birmingham stop over the road and a bit further north just outside the Red Lion pub:






The 146 starts from and finishes at stand C at Redditch Bus Station:


Redditch railway station is a short walk away.



Timetables

You can see the full timetable courtesy of:



Here are your links for live scheduled bus times from major stops towards Redditch:



...and back towards Birmingham:



Tickets


The cheapest day ticket that is valid throughout route 146 is the Diamond Network Day ticket at £6.20 for adults.

If you'll only be travelling within the West Midlands (that's from Birmingham as far as West Heath, The Crest on the 146), then you can use the Diamond West Midlands Day ticket at £3.60 for adults. It is valid on all Diamond and Signature buses within the West Midlands County.


If you're travelling only within the West Midlands County (that's from Birmingham as far as West Heath, The Crest on the 146) and need to use other bus operators, trams, trains or a combination of them, then you need a Network West Midlands ticket. A 1 Day nBus Adult ticket currently costs £4.30. It is valid on all buses throughout the West Midlands County, regardless of operator.


If you're only going to be travelling within Worcestershire (that's from Redditch as far as Hopwood on the 146) and also want to use the buses of other operators, then a County Connecta ticket at £6.90 is what you need.


If you're arriving in the region by train, then a Birmingham Plusbus ticket has the same validity as a 1 Day nBus. It's valid on the 146 between Birmingham and West Heath only.

Redditch has a Plusbus ticket too, but its validity zone is so small that it really won't get you far on the 146.


Connections

Network West Midlands produces a comprehensive series of maps showing all bus routes throughout the West Midlands County. See their Birmingham maps here. There's one showing a detailed plan of the city centre, one showing the whole city and ones showing connections from major interchanges, which on the 146 includes Lee Bank, Edgbaston and Cotteridge.

Major bus destinations from Central Birmingham include:

Cotteridge is the place to change to/from the 11A/11C circular service, operated by National Express West Midlands.

Major bus connections from Redditch include:



The 146 passes close to the following railway stations:



From central Birmingham, the Midland Metro tram runs towards Wolverhampton.


Alternatives

The train provides a good alternative to the 146, with a parallel route and several stations near where the bus stops. They also run more frequently and will get you there more quickly. See train timetables at London Midland's website. An adult off-peak day return (with morning and evening peak restrictions Mon-Fri, valid any time at weekends) between Birmingham and Redditch costs £5.60. See more train fares here.

Between Cannon Hill Park and Cotteridge, National Express West Midlands routes 45 and 47 provide a higher frequency along the same route as the 146. They also continue into Birmingham City Centre from Cannon Hill Park, but via a different route to that used by the 146.


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All of the information in this post is correct at the time of writing, but please check the relevant links before travelling.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

X39/X40 Reading - Oxford


The X39 and X40 connect the major Thames Valley town of Reading with world-famous university city Oxford. They run every half-hour Mon-Sat daytimes and hourly evenings and Sundays and are operated by Go Ahead's Thames Travel. The X39 is slightly quicker, with the X40 taking a detour through Woodcote.


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Places served





The X39/X40 start from stop SB on Station Road near the railway station, outside Davinas newsagent and opposite the Malmaison hotel:


They then call at stop EL on Forbury Road outside the Apex Plaza office block:


...and then at stop NA at the railway station's North Interchange:


See Reading Council's map of all bus routes in the borough here. Here's an extract showing the X39/X40's route in the town:









Buses to Oxford stop on the left, buses to Reading on the right on the A4074 Reading Road outside the Palm Tree Indian restaurant:


A short walk away up Horsepond Road is The Reformation pub.




Only the X40 serves Woodcote. The X39 sails past on the A4074 by-pass.

The X40 towards Oxford stops outside the Co-op, buses to Reading stop opposite in the distance on Brindle Path:


The Co-op is on a loop in the X40's route as illustrated by this map of the route taken in Woodcote:

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Buses to Oxford stop on the right, buses to Reading on the left on the A4074 Port Way, near the turning for Ipsden village, in the background on the left:












At Market Place, buses to Oxford use stop A on the right and buses to Reading use stop C on the left:






Buses to Oxford stop on the right, buses to Reading on the left near Jewsons on The Street:






Buses to Oxford stop on the left, buses to Reading on the right on the A4074:






Buses to Oxford stop on the right and buses to Reading on the left on the A4074 Henley Road, near the Kingfisher Inn, in the distance:






Buses to Oxford stop on the right, buses to Reading on the left on the A4074 Oxford Road. The actual village of Dorchester is a short walk away.






Buses to Oxford stop on the left and buses to Reading on the right on the A4074, with the village a short walk away to the right:






Buses to Oxford stop on the left and buses to Reading on the right on the A4074. Oxford University's Harcourt Arboretum is a short walk away:






The main stop for buses to central Oxford is this one right outside the Duke of Monmouth pub and the junction with Lincoln Road on the A4144 Abingdon Road:


Buses to Reading stop over the road and a bit further south, opposite the Mediterranean Fish Bar:



Oxford

The X39/X40 start from stop H5 on St Aldates, right next to Christ Church Cathedral:


They also call at stop P1, further down St Aldates, right outside the police station:


Here's an edited version of Oxford Bus Company's city centre bus stop map with those stops served by the X39 and X40 highlighted in yellow:


Here's an extract of a summary map of most major bus services in Oxford. See the full map here:




Timetables

See the full timetable on the websites of Thames Travel or Traveline.

Here are your links for live scheduled departure times from major stops towards Oxford:



...and back towards Reading:




Fares


The cheapest day ticket that is valid throughout the route of the X39 and X40 is Thames Travel's Go Anywhere Ticket, the adult version of which currently costs £8. It is valid on all Thames Travel and Oxford Bus Company services within the South Oxfordshire zone (map on Thames Travel's website), which covers all of routes X39 and X40. In the Oxford Smartzone, which covers most of the city, it can be used on any bus operated by Thames Travel, Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach.

For information on single and return ticket prices, contact Thames Travel directly.


For journeys within Oxford, Smartzone tickets issued by Stagecoach (Oxford Dayrider £4) or Oxford Bus Company (Day Pass £4) are valid on the X39/X40 between the city centre and Canning Crescent.


If you're arriving in Reading by train, then the Reading Plusbus is valid on the X39/X40 as far as the borough boundary at Shepherd's Lane.

Oxford Plusbus tickets have the same validity as the Oxford Smartzone tickets described above.


Connections


See maps of all routes operated by Thames Travel here.


Most local buses in Reading are operated by Reading Buses. See their network map here.
Other major routes connecting from Reading:




Many routes in and around Oxford are operated by Stagecoach. Their network maps are here. Major connecting routes from Oxford:

  • X5 to Milton Keynes and Cambridge
  • S3 to Chipping Norton
  • X30 to Wantage



Oxford's other major operator is the Oxford Bus Company. Find details of their network here.

Other major connecting routes from Oxford:



The X39 and X40 run within walking distance of the following railway stations:




Alternatives


No other bus route runs alongside the X39/X40 for any significant stretch of the route, so the main alternative is the train for end-to-end journeys between Reading and Oxford. If you travel after 0859 weekdays or anytime at weekends, an adult single will cost £8.80 and a day return is £8.90. More rail fares here.


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All of the information in this post is correct at the time of writing, but please check the relevant links before travelling.