COVENTRY’S 360 bus service is set to make way for three separate services in July following low passenger numbers.
Currently, the 360 city circle service links some of the city’s key locations, including University Hospital, Jaguar Land Rover and Warwick University.
Despite the service transporting 235 more passengers in October 2015 than in October 2013, a review of patronage by Centre confirmed that the No.360 service will change from Saturday (July 23) in a move which will break up the route.
Currently, the 31.5 mile service is the longest continuous urban bus route in Europe.
Steve Hayes, network development and delivery manager for Centro, said low passenger numbers meant the No.360 service was not meeting tough rules allowing the use of taxpayers’ money to support the service.
Under the new structure there will be three separate services:
No.60 – University of Warwick to Arena Retail Park via Coventry & Warwickshire University Hospital, operating every 30 minutes, hourly in evenings and Sundays.
No.61 – Allesley Park to Arena Retail Park, operating hourly Monday to Saturday, daytime only.
No.43 – University of Warwick to Eastern Green, operating hourly Monday to Saturday, daytime only.
All services will continue to be operated by Travel De Courcey of Coventry.
Mr Hayes said: “There may be some passengers who will be inconvenienced as a result of the changes to the No.360 for which we apologise.
“However the new services are designed to give the best value for money and reflect the demand of the travelling public.
“As with all subsidised services we will continue to monitor them to ensure that remains the case.”