chiltern railways propose more through trains to kidderminster from december

12 may 2017

Saturdays


1055 Birmingham Moor Street to London Marylebone to start at Kidderminster (Turbo Unit)


1710 London Marylebone to Birmingham Snow Hill extended to Kidderminster (Silver Set)

1810 London Marylebone to Birmingham Snow Hill extended to Kidderminster (Silver Set)

1940 London Marylebone to Birmingham Snow Hill extended to Kidderminster (Turbo Unit)


Sundays


1012 Birmingham Snow Hill to London Marylebone to start at Kidderminster (Turbo Unit)

1155 Birmingham Moor Street to London Marylebone to start at Kidderminster (Silver Set)


1810 London Marylebone to Birmingham Moor Street extended to Kidderminster (Silver Set)

1940 London Marylebone to Birmingham Snow Hill extended to Kidderminster (Turbo Unit)

2040 London Marylebone to Birmingham Snow Hill extended to Kidderminster (Turbo Unit)

At the Stourbridge Line User Group Annual Public Meeting on 9 May, attendees were thrilled to hear that Chiltern Railways propose to provide additional through weekend services to and from Kidderminster from the December 2017 timetable change.  These proposals are subject to approval at a Timetable Change Conference which will take place shortly.


If the proposals go ahead, the additional services are detailed in the box below.  The changes would provide us with a later Saturday morning service from Kidderminster at about 1010 and Stourbridge Junction at about 1020, and an earlier first train of the day into Birmingham on Sundays from Kidderminster at about 0935 and Stourbridge Junction at about 0945.  Actual times and stopping patterns west of Birmingham are not known but, if this proposal gets the go ahead by Network Rail, we will publish them as soon as they become available.


SLUG have campaigned for better weekend services ever since Chiltern withdrew northbound Saturday evening through services, and SLUG officers have kept the item on the agenda at Chiltern Railways Passenger Board meetings.  When Stourbridge Depot opened, SLUG Officer Keith Flinders identified the services that were running as empty coaching stock (ecs) between Birmingham and Stourbridge and pressed Chiltern to consider running at least one of these in passenger service.  SLUG also identified that connection times in Birmingham between Chiltern services and Stourbridge line services were sometimes poor, especially on Sundays, and produced statistics which it presented to Chiltern.


Therefore, SLUG are thrilled that Chiltern have aspirations to operate every  service that is currently ecs as a passenger service to and from Kidderminster.  This exceeds our expectations and Chiltern must be commended for this.


There is still some work to do.  Worcestershire County Council have aspirations for an hourly service from Kidderminster to London in the future and SLUG supports that aim.  In addition, although the plans include a slightly earlier first train of the day on Sundays, SLUG will continue to campaign for pressure to be applied to Network Rail to make the line available for passenger Sunday services a lot earlier than they allow at present.  The Train Operating Companies want earlier services; the passengers want earlier services; Network Rail should allow earlier services.