Yet More Buses for Catshill

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chason
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Yet More Buses for Catshill

Post by chason » 09:25 Friday 22nd May 2020

The currently suspended 202 (Halesowen to Bromsgrove) is to recommence on 1st June renumbered as 44. It will no longer serve Rednal, Lickey or Lickey End but will run via Lydiate Ash, Catshill and the Princess of Wales Hospital into Bromsgrove. This, with the hourly 144, will restore two buses an hour service between Bromsgrove and Rubery but leave the Old Birmingham Road with only two buses a day on the 182/3 to and from Bromsgrove.

I know it's going back a long time but some of us can remember when The Forest (at the junction of the Birmingham and Old Birmingham roads) was served by three 144s and two 143's (Birmingham to Bromsgrove via The Lickeys) every hour, all double decker operated.
Catshill of course will gain an even better service than it's ever had , probably giving it the most frequent bus service in North Worcestershire.

Sad about the 202 though. When it was operated by Ludlows, totally reliable with it's modern and well kept buses and friendly regular and helpful drivers, it was very well patronised but it's been in decline for several years now, said to be very unreliable with a marked decline in passenger numbers.

Adam V
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Re: Yet More Buses for Catshill

Post by Adam V » 10:41 Friday 22nd May 2020

I guess the new 44 that's replacing the 202 will still be operated by Kidderminster garage?

I will miss the 202, I used to use it regularly for a pint in The Hare & Hounds at Rednal.

ANDREW
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Re: Yet More Buses for Catshill

Post by ANDREW » 12:57 Friday 22nd May 2020

I wonder if there would be any scope for Clearway or MRD to fit in a couple of Bromsgrove to Rednals via the OBR ??

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Re: Yet More Buses for Catshill

Post by ANDREW » 13:05 Friday 22nd May 2020

Going back as chason mentioned , the "Forest Junction" was a unusual lay out , I can only describe it as a squashed letter X . . . . And also ,if my memory serves me right, the A38 in those days was marked out as a three lane carriageway with the "middle lane" being used by vehicles travelling in either direction - ideally not at the same time . . . :roll:

MattW
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Re: Yet More Buses for Catshill

Post by MattW » 17:24 Friday 22nd May 2020

ANDREW wrote:
13:05 Friday 22nd May 2020
And also ,if my memory serves me right, the A38 in those days was marked out as a three lane carriageway with the "middle lane" being used by vehicles travelling in either direction - ideally not at the same time . . . :roll:
Very likely mate, I remember when the Worcester-Malvern road used to be like that, absolute deathtrap :roll: :shock:

chason
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Re: Yet More Buses for Catshill

Post by chason » 15:44 Saturday 23rd May 2020

A very good description of The Forest junction, now of course junction 1 of the M42.

I agree about three lane roads which Worcestershire Highways were quite keen on. To have two overtaking vehicles heading towards each other in the same centre lane sounds lunacy now........and it was then. Quite a few accidents on the Malvern to Worcester road as I recall. I wonder if we'll be talking in the same way in a few years about so called 'smart' motorways. Another recipe for disaster!

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