A new bus service is being launched in the New Year to serve North Warwickshire’s burgeoning Birch Coppice development.
From Monday 7 January the 766 service will operate between Atherstone, Baddesley Ensor, Birch Coppice, Ventura Park and Tamworth.
Subsidised by contributions negotiated by North Warwickshire Borough Council from IM Properties and Ocado, the service has been commissioned by Warwickshire County Council and will be operated by Stagecoach Midlands.
Using low floor, easy access vehicles, the service will provide transport for workers currently employed at the huge Birch Coppice development and also for potential employees as the site expands.
North Warwickshire Borough Council’s Leader, Councillor Mick Stanley said: “We have a very good record of creating jobs in North Warwickshire but have identified that there is a major problem with our residents being able to get to them. We have worked hard with our partners to secure this bus service to give our residents the best chance of getting these new jobs.”
Cllr Peter Butlin, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Highways and Transport, said: “The new service demonstrates the commitment by the county council and our partners towards delivering the ‘Going for Growth’ agenda. It is crucial to have the transport infrastructure to give our residents access to jobs, and this service will ensure people will be able to get to work at Birch Coppice.”
Birch Coppice is a 400 acre business park which is creating more than 5,000 jobs in North Warwickshire.
The 766 bus service means that residents from Atherstone and Baddesley Ensor to the south of the borough and Tamworth and Polesworth to the north will now be able to access employment opportunities at Birch Coppice without needing their own transport. It is also planned that very early morning journeys will be introduced once the large Ocado premises open at Birch Coppice early in 2013.
Residents in Baddesley Ensor will be able to travel direct to Tamworth without having to change buses in Atherstone. The new 766 service incorporates the current 764 service operated by Travel De Courcey which will be withdrawn. Certain journeys during the day will serve the communities of Baxterley, Hurley, Kingsbury and Wood End.
The current services also operated by Travel De Courcey, the 762 covering the Atherstone town area and the 763 serving Birchley Heath will have revised timetables starting Monday 7 January. These services will also be operated by Stagecoach Midlands.
The 762 which serves the Mancetter, Carlyon Road and St Georges Road areas of the town, will now be extended to include a loop around Repington Avenue and Warwick Drive off Sheepy Road. The 763 serving Birchley Heath will have a revised timetable.
The timetables for these services are now available on the County Council website at http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/busservicechanges