site last updated on
21 march 2020
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CORONAVIRUS LATEST : From 23 March, all train services will operate at a reduced frequency. More details are available by clicking on the date to the left.
The SLUG Public Meeting and AGM which was due to take place on 12 May, has been postponed until a future date, as yet to be determined.
TIMETABLE CHANGES FROM 2 MARCH - The following degradation of services will take place in an attempt to improve performance statistics. The 0710 service from Stourbridge Junction to Whitlocks End on Mondays to Fridays has been put back to 0713 and no longer stops at Jewellery Quarter. In addition, the Monday to Friday services from Smethwick Galton Bridge to Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent and Crewe at 1027, 1128, 1227, 1328, 1428 and 1528 will no longer stop at Smethwick Galton Bridge. Updated timetables may be viewed by clicking on the date to the left, or from the Timetables or individual Stations pages on this website.
West Midlands Trains has admitted on its website that the service provided has been nowhere good enough and has apologised for letting everybody down. It has posted the steps that it intends to take to “put things right”. Full details may be viewed by clicking on the date to the left.
The government has told West Midlands Trains (WMT) that it must spend an extra £20 million improving services and reducing delays following poor performance. Further details can be viewed by clicking on the date to the left.
In the first act of the Metro Mayor election campaign, current Mayor Andy Street has produced a map showing his 2040 plan for Metro and Rail in the West Midlands. The map (viewable by clicking the date to the left) gives our end of the West Midlands conurbation very little rather than a wish to extend the Midland Metro past Brierley Hill to Stourbridge Town via Stourbridge Junction. At the same time, the Labour Party has announced that Liam Byrne, MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill, has been selected as their candidate in this May’s election.
West Midlands Metro Mayor Andy Street has withdrawn his threat to ask the Department for Transport to strip West Midlands Trains of their franchise after improved performance by the Company during January. A copy of the letter he sent to Grant Shapps, the Minister of State for Transport, may be read by clicking on the date to the left.