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Passengers advised of changes to bus service 89

Passengers using a rural bus service near Solihull are being advised of route and timetable changes coming into force.

The alterations to the bus service 89, operated by iGo, come into effect on Monday October 23 and are being made by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

The 89 serves Solihull, Hampton in Arden, Meriden, Berkswell, Balsall Common and Coventry.

The changes will see:

  • The 89 serve Solihull and Coventry Monday to Friday to enable passengers to access both locations each day
  • Heart of England School will continue to be served but the times will change, making it easier for students to use the service.
  • Cannon Park Shops will be served in both directions Mondays to Fridays
  • Balsall Common Health Centre will be served

The changes are as a result of monitoring of the service by TfWM and feedback from the local communities following a review and public consultation over the service at the start of the year.

Jon Hayes, head of network delivery for TfWM, said: “We are grateful for the input from the local communities to ensure that we can provide a transport service which meets their needs whilst ensuring it remains sustainable in the longer term.”

A key feature of the service is a minibus that can be called by eligible residents in areas that the 89 bus is unable to reach, and roaming zones in Meriden and Balsall Common providing a more accessible service.

The mini bus can link with the 89 for journeys towards Solihull and Coventry.

Both buses can link with X1, 82, 87 and 88 at the main bus stops at Meriden Green and Balsall Common Island. Service 89 can also link with other bus routes along the route.

All journeys can be booked by calling 0121 782 9322 or by completing a form online at

The operator will let people know if they can be reached by service 89 or the mini bus.

Bookings can be made up to seven days in advance or as little as two hours before departure time on the day of travel. Passengers do not need to register.

For more information or a copy of the timetable go to

More information from Mark Langford, media officer, on 0121 214 7278, mobile 07824 626952, email

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