SLUG would like to direct you to the many varied websites of transport planners and transport user groups. For your information, we also include government sponsored and independent websites relating to towns and villages along our line. This list does not attempt to cover the entire spectrum of general, geographical and historical interest, but it may inspire you to join one of the many voluntary organisations striving to improve public transport and the environment.

SLUG cannot be held responsible for the content or presentation of websites other than its own. Comments relating to viewpoints, opinions and public statements issued by other organisations, should be directed to the appropriate contacts.

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A private heritage railway operator. Largely a voluntary run organisation, SVR runs steam trains on the branch line from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth via Bewdley. The SVR website includes a history of the line as well as ticket and timetable information.

Pre Metro Operations works in partnership with West Midlands Railway to provide the Stourbridge branch line service between Junction and Town. The website includes details of this operation and wider company information.

The website contains information on the day to day running of the national rail network, performance reports, and news concerning the development of the UK railways.

The government’s policy making body for national public transport. Much of the planning is long term and far reaching. The website contains reports, studies and consultation documents.

A National Rail Card only costs between £20 and £30 for a 1-year railcard or between £54 and £70 for a 3-year railcard, but can save you 34% on the cost of every rail ticket.  

A PlusBus ticket can be purchased with your train ticket to enable you to enjoy discounted bus travel to and from your destination railway station and unlimited bus and tram travel around the whole urban area of the rail-served town or city, with prices starting as low as £2 per day.

Dedicated to encouraging the use and building the quality of the rail route between Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon. Its website includes campaigns, news and information about its subsidiary steam train activities.

The Bromsgrove Rail Group represents passengers on the Birmingham to Worcester via Bromsgrove route. Its website includes aims, ambitions and news of services on the line.

The largest passenger focus organisation in the UK. It is split into autonomous regions. Unlike railway specific Rail User Groups, Railfuture promotes freight by rail. The Railfuture website includes news, campaigns and lists of events.

Campaign for Rail are rail users, campaigning for and promoting the development of rail services in the West Midlands region, both passenger and freight. They work with the decision makers, liaising with authorities at local and national level and rail companies. They support station and line user groups in the region, to give rail users an effective voice.

Responsible for planning public transport to meet the requirements of the travelling public in Worcestershire. It is also responsible for highways and bicycle routes. The website contains train and bus timetables, road works and diversions. This website is where Worcestershire C.C. publishes its current Integrated Public Transport Strategy.

The Cotswold Line Promotion Group (CLPG) represents users of the railway line from Hereford through Worcester to London Paddington. Its website includes campaigns, news and exclusive excursion trips.

The Midland Metro Alliance is working on behalf of the West Midlands Combined Authority to expand the tram network by approximately 34 km.

Network West Midlands is the name that connects all public transport in the West Midlands. This includes Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Coventry, Walsall, Solihull and Wolverhampton.

The Network West Midlands logo and signs on all bus stops, rail stations, bus stations and Metro stops. Wherever you see it, you'll find information to make using buses, trains and Metro easier.

TfWM is the transport arm of the West Midlands Combined Authority. TfWM oversees the interworking of trains, trams and buses within the West Midlands County. The Combined Authority is responsible for coordinating the region’s commercial and socially necessary public transport which is collectively branded Network West Midlands. The NWM website includes maps, timetables and public transport news.

The West Midlands Combined Authority are the seventeen local authorities and three Local Enterprise Partnerships working together to move powers from Whitehall to the West Midlands and locally elected politicians, who know this region best. Individual councils will still deliver services and retain their identity but on the big decisions WMCA will have the resources to work together.

The National Rail Enquiries site provides information on train service times and fares, railway station information, and detail of planned and unplanne disruptions to train services.

West Midlands Rail Executive is the consortium of 14 authorities from the West Midlands who have submitted proposals to the Government to take over from the Department for Transport as the public body responsible for overseeing local rail services once the existing London Midland franchise ends in 2017.

Operates passenger trains from Worcester to Oxford, London, Bristol and the South Coast. The website includes timetables and fares information.

The major operator of the Stourbridge Railway Line and most local train services radiating from Birmingham. The website includes timetables and fares information.

Operates passenger trains from the West Midlands to London Euston and Scotland.  The website includes timetables and fares information.

Operates passenger trains from the West Midlands to the West Country, South Coast, Manchester, Yorkshire, the North East and Scotland.  The website includes timetables and fares information.

Operates passenger trains from the West Midlands to Liverpool and London Euston with through journeys from Smethwick Galton Bridge. The website includes timetables and fares information.

Operates passenger trains from London Marylebone to Birmingham Snow Hill and through journeys to and from the Stourbridge Line. The website includes timetables and fares information.

Operates passenger services from Smethwick Galton Bridge to North Wales, the Cambrian Coast and Birmingham Airport. The website includes timetables and fares information.

Represents passengers at the cross-city end of the Stourbridge Line, from Birmingham to Leamington Spa. It also covers the Leamington to Stratford-upon-Avon and Leamington to Coventry lines. Its website includes campaigns, news and travel information.

All you need to know about Stourbridge and the surrounding area. This website includes historical information, news of events and maps. It lists community groups and leads campaigns.

Stourbridge Interchange is a site from an independent group of enthusiasts providing up to date travel information specific to Stourbridge. The website also features historical information on local bus companies and services.

The Stourbridge Bicycle User Group promotes cycling for leisure and pleasure in and around Stourbridge. The website contains news and a ride diary. It also includes information on parking at stations.

Railways in Worcestershire is the work of the Malvern Industrial Archaeology Circle (MIAC), formed by members of the Worcester Locomotive Society. It provides a very interesting history of the railways in Worcestershire using the county boundaries as they were in 1900, with the aid of some superb historical photographs.

Friends of Stourbridge Stations have been formed to protect, improve and promote the two raillway stations in Stourbridge