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New Bus Service Changes!

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Councillor Phil Bateman “Hi Wednesfield – I have just received this message from Local Bus Company National Express West Midlands, so before you make a bus journey next week check on your bus routes and timetables.”

Friday 27 March 2020

Dear Councillor,

In response to changes in demand and new government restrictions on travel, National Express West Midlands is making further changes to bus services from Monday 30 March 2020.

We are strongly advising all customers to check the new timetables before they travel next week. The new timetables are available now on the website

We’ve worked very closely with Transport for West Midlands through the Bus Alliance to coordinate these latest changes. We continue to provide an effective network of bus services so that key workers can get to where they need to be. And we are also making sure there are bus services to hospitals and supermarkets for those that rely on us in order to make essential journeys.

We are reminding customers of the current government advice to remain two metres apart at all times. Our route planning teams are also closely monitoring passenger numbers on our buses to make sure customers can safely practise distancing on board.

Some key points to highlight about Monday’s bus service changes are:
• A small number of very lightly used routes will be suspended for a while, although we’ve tried to ensure there are suitable alternatives within a reasonable walking distance.
• On most routes, timings of first and last buses will be the same or within a few minutes of current times.
• Nearly all Saturday services will be running to the same timetables that are running Monday-Friday.
• Sunday services will continue to run, but some will have revised timetables from Sunday 5th April.
Full details and timetables are available now on our website

As I mentioned in the update on Friday last week, due to the pace of these changes we would really appreciate your support in raising awareness locally and advising residents to check the latest journey timings on the website before they travel.

In the meantime, because of the reduced levels of bus services, we currently have a large number of drivers and buses, coaches and accessible minibuses across the West Midlands. We are able to offer supporting services to other organisations if required. These include driver deployment, transportation of goods and/or equipment, shuttling of staff and more.

We are in contact with all public services and major employers, but if you do know of anyone who might need our help, please feel free to pass on the contact details of our coordination team:

Thank you in advance, once again, for any help you are able to offer with updating your local residents. We really appreciate your help in these difficult times.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact myself or Ali Bell, otherwise keep well and stay safe.

Kind regards,

Nikki Houghton
Communications Manager – UK Bus

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Transport Workers Need Support!

Our Bus and Coach Rail and Tram workers are valuable to our society. My plea to Government today is not to abandon them. help keep them in jobs find the resources!

Key industry trade bodies like the Confederation of Passenger Transport are calling on Government to urgently provide a £1bn support package for bus in order to prevent tens of thousands of jobs being lost.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will later today announce further measures Government will take to support workers throughout the Covid-19 outbreak.

The fact is that both Bus and Coach Operators and local authorities across the UK are removing peak time travel pass restrictions to make it easier for older people to get to supermarkets during the coronavirus peak. This is good news, but if the transport industry takes a furher down turn…I hope that the Government make plans to pay our transport workers…

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Ashma Cafe – Sends a Message!

In trying to keep open, and at the same time trying to assist with Government Policy – The Ashma Cafe have released this statement.

“Hi all due to this covid _19 virus we have seen a decrease in business maybe cause people don’t want to come to crowded places and we understand this as the cafe can get quite busy, but its business as normal until told otherwise. We will be doing deliveries everyday starting from today or if you would prefer to call and collect that’s fine give us a call on 728610 thank you for your continuous support.Any changes we will keep you updated.”

I feel for our small businesses, its a hard place to make a living, plus at the same time trying to stay within the vague Government Guidelines. If you want a delivery contact the telephone number.

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Woodend School – Good school “improving rapidly and sustainably” says Ofsted

Councillor Phil Bateman said today “I am delighted to pass on this ‘good news’ in what has become a month of bad news, washing over us on a daily basis. The ‘Good News’ is the performance of Woodend School. Please read the rest of the News Release. But I want to congratulate the Head and the teachers, plus all the other staff members who have worked so hard with the pupils and parents to get the performance that is being released for public view. Good school “improving rapidly and sustainably” says Ofsted

A Wolverhampton primary school “is improving rapidly and sustainably”.

Ofsted inspectors who judged it to be Good visited Woodend Primary recently and found the school to be “very well organised in every respect”.

Leaders have shown “strong professional judgement” and “chosen the right things to focus on” and – as a result – the school is “improving rapidly and sustainably”, with progress by the end of Key Stage 2 showing significant improvement year-on-year. Staff also recognise that Wood End Primary is well led.

Leaders have very high expectations of what pupils can achieve and are insightful when they monitor the effectiveness of the curriculum, making changes to improve its effectiveness as required.

They know individual pupils “very well and regularly check how well pupils are learning. They use this knowledge to support any pupils who may be struggling.” Equally, they ensure that, when pupils grasp new ideas easily, they are then made to think more deeply. Pupils use a range of different techniques and resources to help them to learn.

The children themselves “enjoy their time at the school and make friends easily”. They are “really involved and interested in their learning… respond well to teachers’ guidance” and “behave very well in class and on the playground”.

The school also pays good attention to pupils’ wider personal development, with pupils taking up positions of responsibility as prefects or taking part in after-school sports clubs.

Sue Bonner, co-chair of governors, said: “The staff and children have worked extremely hard to raise standards at the school. We are incredibly proud of the vision that has been set and the dedication shown by all to achieve it. ”

Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “This is an excellent inspection report which shows that Wood End Primary School is not only improving rapidly, but that this improvement is being sustained.

“I would like to congratulate everyone connected with the school for their continuing hard work.”

The inspection of Wood End Primary was the first since it was judged to be Good in 2015.

Latest figures show that 13,000 more children now attend Good or Outstanding-rated schools in Wolverhampton than they did five years ago. To find out more about education, please visit

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Canal Litter Pick – Falls to Covid-19!

Sad News Wednesfield- We have in the diary a litter pick on the Wyrley & Essington Canal

It was scheduled as a – Litter Pick Sunday 5th April 2020

I am sorry to say but I think we will need to postpone this event due to the guidance relating to Covid-19.

It is a crying shame, but I see no way out!

Please keep safe, and follow the medical advice…I want you all out volunteering for the next
Litter Pick when we make the arrangements.

The Hub at Ashmore Park

The Hub at Ashmore Park -Announces 12 Week Closure!

The ever popular Hub at Ashmore Park, has announced new arrangements for the centre following the Governments advice relating to combating the spread of the Covid-19Virus.This is what The Hub Management team have announced.

“Due to the ongoing COVID-19 / Coronavirus situation we have taken the difficult decision to close The Hub until further notice. All activities will cease by Friday 20th March. If you have a booking this week which is not essential, please cancel and do not come in.

Regular bookings are postponed until further notice and any one-off bookings (such as parties) are cancelled. If you have paid in advance or paid a returnable deposit, please contact us via email and we will refund you via bank transfer as soon as possible.

We appreciate that our closure will cause disruption to people’s livelihoods and social lives, but we must take these steps to protect the most vulnerable in our community, including our volunteers, as well as those running & attending activities.

This decision will be reviewed by the management committee on a monthly basis and will largely depend on Government advice and our ability to operate when restrictions end, but we expect to be closed for approx 12 weeks on current advice.

We’d like to thank everyone for their understanding and support during this difficult period – we look forward to welcoming you back when we reopen and things are back to normal!

We shall continue to post updates on our website and on social media and encourage you to sign up to our mailing list here for email updates.

If you have any questions, please email us on and we will get back to you as soon as possible”

Please if you have any questions follow them up by contacting the Hub on the email address supplied.


Woodend School – Advice Surgery Cancelled.

Wednesfield North Labour Councillors have cancelled the scheduled Wednesfield North Advice Surgery on March 19th 2020.

Councillor Phil Bateman said “In light of the Corv19 situation your Councillors will be cancelling our scheduled advice Surgery
at the school on the 19th March 2020.

If you do have any enquiries c – could you redirect them to me via to the City Councillors – and

We will keep all the other dates in review and see what the Government advice is as we work through the weeks and months ahead.
Please keep a close eye on and our Social Media sites on Facebook and Twitter for public information as it happens, when it happens.

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COVID-19 Wolverhampton Latest News

Councillor Phil Bateman said “This is the latest news That I have received from Public Health as it relates to our City. There are now 9 Cases recorded in the City. Please follow the advice as set out in this latest information.”

Released: Friday 13 March 2020

Four further COVID-19 cases confirmed in Wolverhampton

Four further cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Wolverhampton today (Friday 13 March, 2020).

It brings the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus – also known as COVID-19 – in the city to nine.

Sue Ibbotson, Centre Director, Public Health England West Midlands, said: “Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with the latest confirmed cases of COVID-19, four of whom are in Wolverhampton.

“Close contacts will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell after contact with the confirmed case. This tried and tested method will ensure we are able to minimise any risk to them and the wider public.”

New guidance announced by the Government last night requires anyone who has symptoms of a coronavirus infection – a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature (37.78 degrees centigrade or higher) – to stay at home for seven days from the point that their symptoms first started.

This will help protect others in the community whilst the individual is infectious. Individuals will not need to contact NHS 111 online at to go into self-isolation, but should do so if their symptoms worsen or persist for more than seven days.

The updated government advice is available at

John Denley, Director of Public Health for the City of Wolverhampton Council, said: “I’d like to reassure people that we are working with health partners at a regional and national level to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure the people of Wolverhampton are protected.

“It’s really important that everyone follows the latest guidance announced last night about staying at home if you show even the slightest symptoms of coronavirus. For most people who get coronavirus, it will be a mild infection, but we all have a role to play in protecting the most vulnerable people in society.

“Good hygiene is the best prevention and there are some simple steps you can take to protect you and your family by washing your hands regularly and thoroughly using soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time and, if you cough, to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and dispose of it immediately.”
There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves online at For further information and advice, please also visit



Road Works – Lichfield Road Wednesfield

Be prepared there is road works coming to Lichfield Road Junction with Stubby Lane -Severn Trent are putting in new connections and the work is scheduled from Monday 16th March to Wednesday 18 March 2020.

Anticipate that there will be delays if you have appointments, give yourself time, and be patient if you happen to get caught!
Above all drive safely