After querying an ambiguous notification put up around Hill Street the council have informed me that the infrastructure planning will turn Hill Street into a Cul-de-Sac. Which means that our pick-up point will no longer be available to us. They haven’t given a date, but going on passed performance notification comes out a very short period before they implement (less than 2 weeks when they closed the Town Hall Stop) Hence the reason for acting now rather than been hit by a sudden closure. It is also the 10th official coach drop-off point to have been closed around the Town Hall area without any replacement, so when Hill Street disappears there are no points on the Town Hall side of town.
Having looked around I wanted to use the Moor Street Interchange, but they have put up yellow signs saying local busses only (meaning service busses not coaches), so there are no legal stopping places there (although a lot of coaches do). That being the case and wishing to stay within the law our new pickup/drop-off point will be on Smallbrook Queensway.
The exact location on Smallbrook Queensway is on the bridge above Dudley Street, on the opposite side of the road to T-K-Max.
To access the pickup point you can exit New Street Station on the Smallbrook Queensway Side (this was the main entrance to New Street Station before Grand Central was built), cross over Smallbrook Queensway to be on the same side as Debenhams and walk to your right to the end of the building and onto the bridge above Dudley Street.
From the Bull Ring Centre exit onto Smallbrook Queensway, alongside Boots the Chemist, and turn to your left along Smallbrook Queensway.
ALL JOURNEYS IN JULY WILL STILL PICK-UP FROM HILL STREET
Letters will be sent out in due course to anyone who has booked tickets for journeys commencing after the 1st August
Caltours of Birmingham Ltd was founded by David Calver in 2003 and has been running Short Break Holidays and Day Excursions for individuals and groups since its formation.
David started taking a particular interest in Historic Houses and Gardens following a visit to the Stoke on Trent Garden Festival back in 1986. It was here that he joined the National Trust and has been a keen member ever since.
Seventeen years later, when the business started, it is no wonder that these interests featured heavily in the destinations that he took his Customers to.
He often joked that “his customers paid him to take them to the places that he wanted to go to”.
Over the years he has kept faithful to the Historic House and Garden theme but has introduced different flavours of History into the Portfolio. For example, this year there is a Short Break in August with a Maritime flavour focusing on Portsmouth Historic Harbour and Bucklers Hard; then in December there is a Short Break which takes in a rail journey, a canal trip and a Dickensian Fair at Grassington in Yorkshire.
If you join one of Caltours’ trips you will find a comfortable air conditioned coach with on board facilities waiting to whisk you to your destination. Your trip will a be accompanied by a courier/tour manager (usually David himself) who will look after you along the way and provide a bit of information about your destination before you arrive.
The Company objectives are to offer a high level of Friendly Customer Service and Product Quality for the Day Excursions and Short Breaks it provides. Judging by Customer Loyalty and the fact that many make personal recommendations to friends, it looks like the goals are being achieved.