Network West Midlands
Network West Midlands is the new name that connects all public transport in the West Midlands metropolitan area. This includes Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Coventry, Walsall, Solihull and Wolverhampton.
It clearly identifies the complete network of bus, rail and Metro services that are easily accessible to most people in the West Midlands.
Over the next 12 months, you’ll see the Network West Midlands logo and signs appearing at all bus stops, rail stations, bus stations and Metro stops. Wherever you see it, you’ll find far better information to make using buses, trains and Metro easier than ever before.
You’ll find improved timetable information at bus stops and improved maps and journey information at all places where services meet, helping you switch from bus to bus, bus to train or bus to Metro with more confidence.
We have also introduced a clearly branded Network West Midlands range of tickets which can be used on buses, train and Metro. These replace Centrocard, Busmaster and Railmaster tickets at no extra cost.
The aim is to work towards creating a smoother, safer, more efficient and user-friendly system.
Up to the minute information - at the stop or on your mobile
More buses will be tracked by Global Positioning Satellite technology. This means we can send up-to-the-minute information to a screen within the shelter telling you when your bus will arrive. At other stops you’ll be able to use your mobile phone to request a text message with the arrival time of the next bus. We will also introduce real time information systems at some local rail stations where screens will display the arrival time of your train.
In the meantime, there’s a host of other ways to plan your journey, for bus, rail and Metro, like up-to- date printed timetables which will be appearing over the next few months at every stop, the Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 , this web site, pocket sized rail timetables and area maps and guides.
Who does what?
The West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority (WMPTA) is responsible for setting public transport policy. Its Executive, Centro, puts that policy into action, developing and promoting publictransport services for people andencouraging their use. WMPTA and Centro do not operate bus, rail or Metro services but they do run bus stations, provide bus shelters and subsidise socially necessary bus services. They promote and develop Midland Metro and specify rail services and fares for local trains which are operated under contract by Central Trains.
WMPTA and Centro also fund free travel for the over 60s and disabled people and half price travel for the under 16s. Private companies operate bus, rail and Metro services in the West Midlands. All are partners in Network West Midlands and are working together to provide better passenger information and improve services.
To find out more about the Network West Midland roll-out programme - click here
There are over 400 million passenger journeys by public transport each year in the West Midlands