A NEW look bus service serving Bromsgrove is proving a big hit with users.

Operated by National Express West Midlands, the number 20 service provides an hourly link between Bromsgrove and Birmingham and includes buses running on a Sunday.

The service replaced the 144A between Bromsgrove and Longbridge and offers an improved service from Bromsgrove via Rubery, Longbridge and Northfield to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

Councillor Mike Rouse, Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “I’m delighted that we were able to secure the future of this much-loved service and really pleased to see it being so well used.

“This new service runs every hour, which is great news for bus users and has led to growth in those travelling on the service.”

David Bradford, managing director of National Express West Midlands, said: "We’re really pleased that the number 20 service has been so popular with residents since the service launched in April 2023 and that we could support Worcestershire County Council with the expansion of this route, ensuring local communities do not lose vital bus connections.”

An adult single ticket will continue to be £2 until October 31 thanks to the government fare cap scheme and an all-day ticket is £4.50.