15 april 2019

slug public meeting and annual general meeting on 14 may

The 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Stourbridge Line User Group will take place on Tuesday 14 May 2019 at the Severn Valley Railway Station at Kidderminster.  The event will be held in the Refreshment Room (at the rear of the King and Castle Public Bar) and will commence at 7.30 pm.

2018 was the first full year of the West Midlands Railway franchise and the first tranche of timetable improvements will start the week after the meeting (details on the previous web page).  Eight 2-car units have transferred from the London Overground franchise and will enter service at the same time.  Brand new Class 196 units are due for delivery next year and, although they will be used primarily on Birmingham to Hereford and Shrewsbury services, may be used on the Stourbridge line.  

On the Dudley line, the good news is that final approval has been given to building the Metro line from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill and work is due to start this year with completion in 2003.  The bad news is that proposals to extend rail services from Stourbridge Junction to Brierley Hill seem to have been scuppered.

The West Midlands Rail Executive has recently published its 30 year Rail Strategy Document with its proposals for improving services over that period.

Work on redeveloping Kidderminster station has started with the new station building scheduled to be completed later this year.

So, there is a lot going on at present and you, the travelling public will be able to listen to guest speakers from the rail industry and regional travel planning departments with the developments listed above featuring strongly in the presentations.  Whether you have praise or criticism of the rail service on our line or you have a suggestion to make or a question to ask, you are most welcome to take part.

Confirmed speakers are as follows :-

Brenda Lawrence, Head of Stations, West Midlands Railway

Alan Riley , Customer Services Executive, Chiltern Railways

Peter Sargant, Head of Rail Development, West Midlands Rail Executive

Ian Baxter, Rail Strategy and Operations Expert, SLC Rail for Worcestershire County Council

Hopefully, we’ll see you there.