Date of release: Wednesday 21st January, 2015
FREE buses for eligible passengers are being laid on between hospital sites in Wolverhampton and Cannock from February 9.
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) has contracted Arriva Midlands Limited to provide Monday to Friday services between New Cross and Cannock Chase Hospitals.
The X68 service is FREE of charge for NHS patients with an appointment letter from RWT, Trust staff with an ID badge, children up to five and people over 60 who are carrying an ID card.
Relatives of patients and the general public can also use the single deck buses but will be charged a standard fare between the two hospitals – £2.60 Adult Single/£1.80 Child Single (aged 5-15 years inc).
Hourly services start at 6.54am in Wolverhampton and 7.30am in Cannock with stops at Wolverhampton Bus Station, Deans Road, New Cross Hospital, Featherstone, Red White and Blue public house, Wedges Mills and Cannock Chase Hospital.
There is an additional bus at lunchtime with the last services of the day leaving Cannock Chase Hospital at 9.40pm arriving in Wolverhampton Bus Station at 10.15pm.
The X68 will not operate the 12-mile route on public holidays.
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Chief Executive, David Loughton, said: “The bus will help staff and patients get to and from Cannock Hospital in good time. We always said this service was in our plan and we are delighted that it will be in operation from Monday 9 February.”
Raj Chander, Arriva’s local manager said: “Arriva Midlands is proud to be working in partnership to with The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) to deliver this essential service linking New Cross and Cannock Chase Hospitals.”
“We have worked closely with RWT to design a route and timetable for X68 that provides the most direct link between the hospitals for the benefit of patients, hospital staff and other bus users.”
For more info contact RWT Head of Communications Richard Radcliffe on 01902 695900.