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SLUG Response to Great Western Franchise Consultation
The Department for Transport has conducted a public consultation on the next Great Western rail franchise which is due to start in 2020, although the current franchise may continue until 2022 under a Direct Award agreement.  Even though the Great Western franchise does not serve the Stourbridge line, many Stourbridge line passengers transfer onto Great Western services towards Oxford and London, Cheltenham and Bristol, and Hereford.  For this reason, the Stourbridge Line User Group has produced a response to the consultation, concentrating on services that serve Worcester.

Among SLUG’s concerns are poor connections between West Midlands Railway services and Great Western Railway services at Worcester and our response includes proposals to improve connections.  In the longer term, SLUG would also like to see direct services from the Stourbridge line to both London Paddington and to Bristol and our response details our reasons for proposing these through services.
The full SLUG response may be read by clicking on the button below.
Latest News

20 October 2020

West Midlands Railway has announced that it will be introducing a temporary timetable from 26 October which will see further reduced services.  Full details may be read in the News and Comment section.

16 October 2020

Stourbridge Junction has narrowly missed out on being named the station of the year in a poll organised by the Rail Delivery Group.  Full details may be read in the News and Comment section.

27 September 2020

A reduced Monday to Friday timetable has been introduced because of the number of services currently being cancelled due to train crew issues.  The temporary timetable can be found on the Timetables page.

26 August 2020

The timetables on the Stourbridge line will be improved from 7 September.   Full details may be read in the News and Comment section.

7 August 2020

Improvement works will shortly take place at Hartlebury.  The programme of works will include the extension of both platforms to accommodate the new four-car Class 196 trains, as well as the refurbishment of existing platforms.  The work is scheduled for completion in February 2021.

23 July 2020

The first of the new Class 196 units was out on the Stourbridge line today when it made its first ever test run from Tyseley to Hereford and back.

7 June 2020

The new station building at Kidderminster has been opened.
Full details may be read in the News and Comment section.

23 May 2020

The 10 successful projects from the bids submitted in the first round under the Restore Your railways scheme have been announced by the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps.  A scheme submitted by PMOL for a light rail link between Stourbridge Junction and Brierley Hill was not among the 10 successful bids but PMOL has been asked to provide further details to a subsequent round.
The Membership Secretary
Stourbridge Line User Group
46 Sandringham Road
Wordsley
Stourbridge
West Midlands
DY8 5HL


Site Last Updated on 25 October 2020
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The Membership Secretary
Stourbridge Line User Group
46 Sandringham Road
Wordsley
Stourbridge
West Midlands
DY8 5HL

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