Another revision to local bus routes is planned to take effect from 23 March. These have come about in response to the anticipated disruption on Warwick Road caused by the Friargate development work which starts then.
The bus operator National Express intends diverting the number 18A service, which currently runs to Tile Hill via Warwick Road, Kenilworth Road and Cannon Park. The change is that this service will run via Albany Road and Earlsdon Avenue South before picking up its old route at Kenilworth Road.
This is in fact a change from an initial proposal to make changes to the number 11 and 12 services to Warwick University. As part of this original plan a new bus stop would have been created in Earlsdon Avenue North, opposite Earlsdon Library, for the University-bound service, mirroring the one on the library side for city-bound services. This had already been subject to consultation with affected residents with mixed results, with some concern about traffic issues balanced by other people welcoming the possibility of an additional stop.
The change of plan means the new stop will not now be required for 23 March but Centro has indicated that this could turn out to be more of a postponement than a cancellation, depending on National Express’s future operational decisions.