Along the Salt Road
Our Worcester - Droitwich Spa - Bromsgrove - Birmingham has a new look. You may have already seen our striking new green buses with free WiFi, free USB charging and refreshed interiors - we've now unveiled their final look. There's also a new timetable for a better service.
Operating up to every 15 minutes between Worcester and Bromsgrove, and every 30 minutes to Birmingham The Salt Road runs when you need it. View the route map.
Our 'County' tickets are valid between Worcester and Rubery and our new 'Network' tickets are valid on the full route - click for details.
Pay for your travel on board with contactless card (or cash) - or download our mTickets app for our cheapest prices.
Why the Salt Road?
It’s believed the salt deposits at Droitwich were being exploited in the Iron Age, possibly earlier. Salt was a valuable resource in Roman times and the Romans came to Droitwich specifically for this.
Later, the Anglo-Saxons had furnaces to evaporate the salt on the banks of the River Salwarpe. King John granted the town a Royal Charter in 1215 because of its salt, and Droitwich became very prosperous in Medieval times.
The salt industry was industrialised and developed in the 19th century by John Corbett, who built nearby Chateau Impney in the French château style for his wife and developed the town into a spa resort.
Naturally, the road leading to Birmingham in one direction and to the river at Worcester in the other became known as the Salt Road. They’re producing salt again in Droitwich Spa, at Churchfields Saltworks at Churchfields Farm within the Salwarpe Valley on the edge of the town.
One of the glories of this fine city is the magnificent cathedral standing sentinel over a gentle curve of theRiver Severn. Discover the Royal Tombs, Medieval cloisters, an ancient crypt and Chapter House and richly coloured Victorian stained glass.
The Tower is open on Saturdays and school holidays in the Summer, giving fantastic views of the city and beyond. There’s plenty else to see in the city.
Explore The Commandery to learn about the role this city played in the English Civil War or just admire the half-timbered buildings in Friar Street.
The Museum of Royal Worcester is in buildings that used to be home to the Royal Worcester factory, and has the largest collection of Worcester porcelain in the world. Discover the story of the factory and its remarkable workforce.
Worcester’s a great shopping destination with everything from well-known High Street names to characterful independent shops and boutiques. Crowngate Shopping Centre is right by the bus station and includes House of Fraser, Debenhams, Boots and Primark, plus loads more. And of course there are tempting cafés and eateries to keep you refreshed all day long.
An important centre for salt production since Roman times (it’s being produced again today), come here on 15/16 September to enjoy the Droitwich Spa Salt Festival, aweekend of Salt Festivities, featuring Romans and lots of fun entertainment.
But Droitwich is a lovely town to visit any time, with characterful local retailers a-plenty in quiet streets that making shopping a lovely unhurried affair. Discover the story of Droitwich, including it’s involvement in salt and radio, in the Heritage and Information Centre.
If you fancy a splash, head off to the Droitwich Spa Lido (it’s on the map). Open through the summer, it’s one of the UK’s few remaining open-air saltwater swimming pools. With a 40m pool, wet play area with water cannons, and fountains for the kids, sun terraces and Lido Café, it’s an ideal day out for all the family.
More than just a garden centre, Webbs is a destination in its own right. Discover best quality brands and a helpful team
who are ready to answer all your questions, whether you’re looking for something for the garden, your home, your pets or a gift for family or friends. There are fabulous foods and treats to buy, and a great coffee shop and restaurant.
The Aztec adventure park at Upton Warren is fantastic watersports centre with sailing dinghies, windsurfers, kayaks and canoes that are just waiting for you to come and have a go on them.
Discover 700 years of history at this award-winning museum with a collection of rescued and restored buildings in picturesque grounds at Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings.
It includes a working 19th century windmill, a medieval town house, a fully-furnished 1940s prefab and the National Telephone Kiosk Collection. There’s an award-winning tea room, a shop, children’s play area and a lively programme of events throughout the year, including historical re-enactments, open-air theatre and family fun days.
Shopping is to die for with everything you could ever need and a whole lot more you never knew you wanted. Add in world-class arts and entertainemnt, transport links to almost everywhere, taste experiences from around the world, electrifying nightlife andconstantly new things to see and do, you just have to keep going again and again.
- Whetty Lane
- St Chad's Church
- Beverley Road
- Leach Green Lane
- Cliff Rock Road
- Longbridge Island
- Longbridge Lane
- Tessall Lane
- Hawkesley Mill Lane
- Bell Lane
- Royal Orthopaedic Hospital
- Bournville Lane
- Weoley Park Road
- Oak Lane
- Selly Oak rail station/Sainsburys
- Dawlish Road
- Edgbaston Park Road
- Priory Road
- Stone Road
- O2 academy
- Smallbrook Queensway
Our timetables operate to Worcestershire School Holidays - the current term dates are:
- Summer – Monday 23rd July to Friday 31st August inclusive
- Autumn Half Term – Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd November inclusive
- Christmas – Monday 24th December 18 to Friday 4th January 19 inclusive
144: BIRMINGHAM - BROMSGROVE - WORCESTER ( Salt Road )
Via Rubery, Catshill and Droitwch Spa
144A: CATSHILL - BROMSGROVE - WORCESTER ( Salt Road )
Via Sidemoor, Webbs Garden Centre and Droitwch Spa