Pre 9.30am Concessionary Fares on National Express Buses for Pensioners


    As many of you may know, the West Midlands Pensioners’ Convention have for some time been talking to Transport for West Midlands to try and negotiate a pre 9.30 am reduced fare for users of the Pensioners’ Concessionary Bus Pass.

I am pleased to confirm that the pre-9.30am £1 Concessionary Fares on National Express Buses has now been agreed and will be introduced from Monday 8th January 2018 and covers all National Express Services operated by National Express West Midlands including those operating into adjoining districts to the West Midland County Area – It will also be available to users of the National Bus Pass visiting the West Midlands or having access to National Express West Midlands Bus Services in adjoining areas.

As the lead operator it is expected that other smaller companies will shortly offer a similar £1 fare facility some of which like Diamond already do.

The pre-9.30am start is not time limited and will prove especially beneficial for those needing to travel by bus fairly early – hopefully it will facilitate low cost access to hospital or similar appointments or early morning travel that would otherwise require use of a car including journeys to work for just £1.00 per day.

The Final Scheme has taken quite some time to work-up and is much better than originally anticipated when first raised by your WMPC Transport Group thanks to the co-operation of National Express and Transport for West Midlands officers and the assistance of our good friend Cllr Richard Worrall Chair of the TfWM Transport Delivery Group.

The Full details will be publicised shortly in the media via Press Release  for which a promotional photo shoot took place a few days ago – see photo.

Details will also be circulated to Branches and via our usual information feeds shortly plus included in the January Edition of the West Midland Pensioner

I would take this opportunity to thank the WMPC Transport Team for all their enthusiasm, interest and practical support on Public Transport which is so important to the Senior Citizens we represent over the past year and the officers at TfWM who have been so helpful and given so much thought to the practical presentations and following up on the issues we have raised and look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year.

Best regards

Trevor Eames

Transport Group Secretary – West Midlands Pensioners Convention

0121 733 8081 mobile 07818 091501 

Birmingham Connected- cycling, HS2, Bus stops etc

Topics in this update:



Midland Metro extension

Work continues on the extension of the Midland Metro from New Street Station towards Edgbaston. This involves changes for traffic on Hill Street, Brunel Street and Paradise Street. Click for further information.

To enable tram extension works on Broad Street, inbound buses are diverted via Bridge Street and Holliday Street. Outbound buses will follow their usual route.

Bus route 126 will no longer serve the markets area of the city and will instead terminate at Colmore Row.  Click for more information about changes to this route.

A pedestrian diversion is in operation following the closure of the ramp from Fletchers Walk to Broad Street. Access is maintained via the stairs or the lift from Easy Row. An alternative accessible route to Broad Street can be taken via Holliday Street and Bridge Street. Click for further information and a map.


Paradise Circus re-development

Following completion of the stone paving work, Chamberlain Square pedestrian route is due to re-open on 20 October. The main entrance to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery will again be accessible via Victoria Square – just in time for some spooky half term activities!

Paving work is also progressing on the Centenary Way pedestrian route, which will link Chamberlain Square and Centenary Square. This walkway is scheduled to open in November at which point Fletcher’s Walk will close.  Click for further information about the Paradise re-development.


Holloway Circus works

One lane is closed on the Holloway Head approach to the Holloway Circus junction between 9.30am and 3.30pm on weekdays and some weekday evenings between 7pm and 10pm. This lane closure is expected to be in operation 24/7 for a four week period starting in November (dates to be confirmed).  We recommend travellers use public transport, walk or cycle whenever possible to minimise delays. Click for more information and a map.

Bus services 80, 80A, 98 and X64 are temporarily diverted on their journey towards Birmingham. Click for more information.


A38 cycle route update

The death of Suzanna Bull is a tragedy and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time. We would urge any witnesses to contact the police with information to assist in their investigation.  Through our Birmingham Cycle Revolution, we are committed to making Birmingham a more cycle-friendly city and, as part of this, we will be building a two-way, fully segregated cycle way along the adjacent A38 from Selly Oak to the city centre.   Work to build the route was due to start this summer, but a legal challenge on whether we had followed the right processes when approving the legal orders needed before work could begin means we now hope to start work on the route in January 2018 and expect to finish by late summer 2018. As part of this scheme, new pedestrian crossings will be installed on all arms of the Bristol Road and Priory Road junction. At the time of this tragic incident, a feasibility study was already under way to assess how the junction of Pershore Road and Edgbaston Road can be made more accessible to all road users and pedestrians. This work is currently ongoing.  In the meantime, the council has also been working with partners on a wide range of activities designed to educate all road users on the importance of road safety.  Click for further information about the A38 cycle route.


HS2 preparatory works

To find out more about HS2 construction in the Washwood Heath area of the city, a drop in event is being held on Thursday 19 October from 4pm to 7pm. HS2 Ltd and their contractor (LM) will be sharing all the latest details about plans for traffic management, noise insulation, the depot, demolitions and more. The event will be at Leigh Primary School, Warren Road, B8 2YH.  HS2 Ltd is keen to work with those living or working along the route and their community engagement strategy can be viewed here.


New Street Station works

Improvement works to upgrade signals leading to smoother and more reliable services will take place between 21:30 on Saturday 23 December 2017 and 04:00 on Wednesday 3 January 2018. During this time a reduced service will run with replacement buses on some routes. Please plan ahead for travel and note that this may affect your journey if you are returning to work on Tuesday 2 January. More information about these works will be provided in our next update.


Road Safety Week (20-26 November)

Road Safety Week is the perfect opportunity to train staff and share information to help raise awareness of life-saving road safety messages. The theme this year is ‘Speed Down, Save Lives’ – find out how to get involved on the Brake website or click here for more information about the ‘Slower is Safer’ scheme in Birmingham.


Birmingham business survey: improving air quality

The deadline for responses to this survey has been extended until 31 October 2017. By sharing your views you will help develop an understanding of how Clean Air Zones could affect businesses in the city and the additional support which might be required. Click for more information and to complete the survey.

A toolkit is available to help businesses consider their delivery and service activities and how changes can be made to improve efficiency, reduce costs as well as reducing emissions. Click to download the Delivery & Service Planning toolkit.


Bus stop suspension trial

Transport for West Midlands are seeking feedback on the trial closure of bus stops on routes 8A, 8C, 45, 47, 50, 63 which began on 1 October. For more information and to share your views click here.


Smart Routing App

If you have an Apple iOS device and are a public transport user, you may be interested in taking part in a project to explore how Smartphones can act as a means of sharing transport data. If so click here or email for more information.


Re-surfacing works

Amey will be carrying out re-surfacing works on the following routes. Please plan your journey accordingly. Diversions will be in place.

–          Five Ways underpass into city 16-25 October, 8pm-7.30am

–          A452 Chester Road (from Kingsbury Road island to Tyburn Road island) ALL DAY 20-30 October

–          Lancaster Circus Queensway roundabout, 22 October-2 November, 8pm-7.30am


Events with traffic restrictions

12 November 2017 – Remembrance Sunday city wide events


Information about journey planning and tickets can be found at . Walking or cycling can often be the easiest and cheapest travel option. Many popular destinations in Birmingham are accessible via off road routes such as the canal network. Click for more information about walking or cycling in Birmingham.


We urge everyone to be vigilant and immediately report anything they find suspicious or concerning.

–          British Transport Police text 61016

–          Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321

–          In an emergency call 999


With kind regards,

On behalf of the Birmingham Connected Team

Part of the Economy Directorate of Birmingham City Council

Birmingham Connected is the vision for the future of transport in Birmingham, working towards a safer, healthier, greener city with a reliable integrated transport system which supports our growing population and economy. Find out more at

Twitter: @bhamconnected or @bham20mph or @BCRbirmingham
Facebook: @bham20mph or @BirminghamCycleRevolution


Free Bikes for Residents – check now if you are eligible!

Free bike application process open

Residents can now apply for a free bike as part of the Big Birmingham Bikes programme. Birmingham City Council has announced that 2,000 adult bikes will be given away. The announcement says that priority will be given to families who plan to cycle together. A child’s bike bank will be launched later in the year.

In order to qualify for a free bike, people must live within an eligible postcode. You can check whether your postcode is eligible here. (There is a postcode checker at the bottom of the page.) The page also explains the other requirements that must be fulfilled before you can qualify for a free bike.

The application form can be accessed from here.

Save Allenscroft Childrens Centre Meeting 1.30pm 29th June 2017

 Allens Croft childrens centre is currently the target of many cuts in finances and services and possibly even closure. This would be devastating for our local community. Barnardos has favoured chinbrook centre over our outstanding centre. This will be an hours walk or two buses for brandwood residents to gain access to vital services. The consultation document is very misleading and we need many people to complete it and choose the centre to try our best to save it.
The initial meeting is today 29th June at 1.30 at Allens croft childrens centre.

There is an online document also that local residents have the opportunity to prioritise the centre.
There will also be a petition to follow.

Please share

Quiz the Mayoral Candidates! Hustings event Tuesday 25th April 2017

Moseley Forum, together with Kings Heath Residents Forum, Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum and Chaired by Brandwood Forum are delighted to invite you to take part in our hustings event on Tuesday 25th April 2017 for the inaugural West Midlands Mayoral Election (the election is to be held on 4th May 2017).
All six candidates have confirmed their attendance and are as follows:
Communist Party – Graham Stevenson
Conservative Party – Andy Street
Green Party – James Burn
Labour & Co-operative Party – Sion Simon
Liberal Democrats – Beverley Neilson
UK Independence Party – Pete Durnell
This is a free event but seats are limited so please arrive early if you want to sit down.


Kings Heath Baptist Church,
80, High Street,
Kings Heath
B14 7JZ
(Opposite ASDA)

Help Save Baverstock School

‘Save Baverstock School’ are organising a protest on Monday 30 January at 7pm outside the school’s main entrance. 
Everyone is invited to support the campaign to keep the school open by joining this peaceful demonstration. 
Please try and join parents and community members.
Please click link below
 letter-to-christine-quinn-save-baverstock  a Template letter to Christine Quinn (Regional Schools Commissioner) which lists the main reasons why this school should remain open.If you would like to help save the school then please just type your name at the bottom of the Template Letter.  

Then you can either print it out and post it or  email it directly to the Commissioner.

Instructions for emailing
1. Open template -scroll and print name –
2. To email it – click and highlight complete letter -right click cop – then right click on her email address (at top) press paste and then send

Thanks very much for circulating this information as widely as you can.

with very best wishes

Karen Osborne
Brandwood Forum

HELP STOP BAVERSTOCK CLOSING – parents plea- please sign this petition

Please sign this petition and share !

Letter sent

Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan MP
Steve Mccabe MP
Councillor, Brigid Jones

Leader of Birmingham City Council, John Clancy

Please help to stop the closure of The Baverstock Academy (LEAP Academy Trust) in Birmingham.

Baverstock Academy was established in 1983 in area of Birmingham which has always faced severe social and economic problems as it still does today. With ongoing cuts to services and the uncertain future of community centres and projects within the local area the school has always been the constant force of stability to the community and now this is at risk with the closure of the school.

Under the former long respected Headteacher Mr. Roger Perks O.B.E and the staff of past and present that have actively engaged and given there commitment to working with and protecting everyone in the local community have seen massive benefits for the community. Allowing the community to participate in the school has seen greater opportunities in extra learning clubs and sports groups for many to attend in but this will all be lost with the closure.

The school have always seen its role to actively help and improve the relationships across families and the community to improve the lives, opportunities and also raise aspirations for all within the area. The school’s committed to give its all, accept no compromise, consider no failure to ensure that the young people in the community should have the same opportunities that are enjoyed by their peers in more privileged situations which has been honored for many years by the school. Allowing past students to go on to great success from there time at the school in a variety of careers. The school is admired by all within the community who have fond memories of it.

The school is facing closure in August 2017. If the school closes, the children will be relocated to other schools with the possibility of been at a considerable distance across the city, which will have a devastating impact and disruption on them and a greater impact on family life, that the school have already supported and helped to improve will all be at risk.

We understand the current pressures facing the school but feel that it has the ability to get over these problems with the correct leadership and support from all the necessary parties. The students, staff and the community need not be punished for the mistakes made by past leadership as the school is a vital service for the community and its future success. We all want to find a solution to keep the school open and active within the community. Birmingham City Council have expressed there concerns and problems, stating that they are unable to help the school stay open due to its status as an Academy but would like to see it stay open for the sake of the community and its success.

The school have always made it a policy to never turn there back or give up on a child as every child deserves a chance and the opportunity to do well in life and the community want to return that favour with its huge support and backing of the Academy not closing. This time Baverstock needs to be given a chance as it has always done for so many of us before. This is our school and our community.

The wonderful, caring and supportive education given at Baverstock Academy, as well as 30 years of expertise, work and values, will be lost forever if it closes. We must fight this at all costs. Please sign this petition to help save Baverstock Academy, for both its current pupils and those to come in the future and most importantly for the stability and success of our community.

Save Baverstock Group Page:

#parentchoice #savebaverstockacademy


Thank you for helping us on our cause.

Many thanks

Kieran Newell