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.