24 march 2019

stourbridge line timetable improvements from 19 may

Having been postponed from December 2018 on the instructions of Secretary of State Chris Grayling, the first tranche of service improvements promised in the West Midlands Trains franchise award will take place from 19 May. The improvements to West Midlands Railway Stourbridge line services can be summarised as follows :-

Changes to Monday to Friday daytime services


may 2019 timetable

Improved Sunday Services at Droitwich Spa and Worcester.  


The Birmingham New Street – Bromsgrove – Droitwich Spa – Worcester - Hereford service currently operates approximately every 2 hours on Sundays.  From May, this service will be supplemented by extra services between New Street and Worcester to form an hourly service on this section of the route.

A timetable of services on the Stourbridge line, the Town branch and connecting services at Smethwick Galton Bridge, Droitwich Spa and Worcester may be viewed by clicking on the first link below.  Arrivals and departures boards for Kidderminster, Stourbridge Junction and Smethwick Galton Bridge may also be viewed by clicking the appropriate link.


A full set of timetables and arrivals/departures boards for all stations will be available on this website under the Timetables and Stations tabs from 19 May.

smethwick galton bridge arrivals and departures stourbridge junction arrivals and departures kidderminster arrivals and departures

Moor Street to Stourbridge Jct

1900

1904

1924

1935

1954

2002

2012

2050

2056

2118

2138

2154

2204

2218

2257

2303

Gap between services


4

20

11

19

8

10

38

6

22

20

16

10

14

39

6

Moor Street to Kidderminster

1900

1904

1924

1935

1954

2002

2012

2050

2056

2118

2138

2154

2204

2257

Gap between services


4

20

11

19

8

10

38

6

22

20

16

10

53

Kidderminster to Birmingham

1907

1945

2005

2010

2044

2105

2113

2145

2213

2248

Gap between services


38

20

5

34

21

8

32

28

35

Stourbridge Jct to Birmingham

1906

1919

1957

2015

2025

2057

2115

2125

2157

2225

2256

2300

Gap between services


13

38

18

10

32

18

10

32

28

31

4

Changes to Monday to Friday evening services


On the Stourbridge Town branch, the 23:00 service from the Junction and the 23:05 service from the Town will operate 5 minutes later.


On the main Stourbridge line, the current evening pattern sees two trains per hour – Stratford-upon-Avon to Stourbridge Junction and Dorridge to Worcester/Great Malvern - both calling at all stations from Birmingham to Stourbridge.  From May, there will be three trains per hour – Stratford-on-Avon to Kidderminster, Whitlocks End to Worcester or Great Malvern, and Dorridge to Kidderminster – with the last of these not stopping at Langley Green, Old Hill and Lye.  This means an increase in service at Kidderminster from 1 to 3 trains per hour, in addition to the through Chiltern Railways services from London Marylebone.  


The downside is that these services are spaced irregularly, with gaps between Kidderminster arrivals ranging from 6 to 51 minutes.  Details of all services after 19:00 are shown below (Chiltern services in pale blue) and illustrate the irregular pattern of services.  SLUG will be discussing this with both West Midlands Railway and West Midlands Rail Executive to get these issues resolved in a future timetable.

Moor Street to Stourbridge Jct

1900

1924

1939

1947

2021

2039

2054

2118

2128

2138

2152

2218

2256

2319

Gap between services


24

15

8

34

18

15

24

10

10

14

26

38

23

Moor Street to Kidderminster

1900

1924

1939

1947

2021

2039

2054

2118

2128

2138

2152

2218

2256

Gap between services


24

15

8

34

18

15

24

10

10

14

26

38

Kidderminster to Birmingham

1913

1943

2006

2013

2046

2105

2113

2146

2213

2245

2305

Gap between services


30

23

7

33

19

8

33

27

32

20

Stourbridge Jct to Birmingham

1909

1925

1957

2017

2025

2057

2115

2125

2157

2225

2256

2318

Gap between services


16

32

20

8

32

18

10

32

28

31

22

Changes to Saturday services


07:00 from Stratford-upon-Avon to Stourbridge Junction is extended to Kidderminster

07:43 from Stratford-upon-Avon to Stourbridge Junction is extended to Kidderminster


On the Stourbridge Town branch, a restricted service operates on the Town branch before 07:00 on Saturdays.  However, the May timetable will see a full 10-minute service in operation from 05:45 as on Mondays to Fridays.


Daytime services on the main line are unchanged, although evening services will be increased in line with those on Mondays to Fridays.  Details of all services after 19:00 are shown below.


Changes to Stourbridge Town branch services on Sunday.   


On Sundays, the first round trip is currently the 09:43 from the Junction returning at 09:48 from the Town.  The May timetable will see this replaced by two round trips – at 09:35 and 09:45 from the Junction, returning at 09:40 and 09:50.  These journeys were originally timed to operate 5 minutes later, but SLUG approached West Midlands Rail Executive and pointed out that the original timings missed connections with main line services at Stourbridge Junction, particularly as the first train from Stourbridge Town missed the connection with the 09:48 service to London Marylebone.  WMRE contacted West Midlands Railway and the journeys were retimed - a triumph for localised management of the franchise, and a small win for SLUG!


At the end of service, the 19:53 service from the Junction returning at 19:58 from the Town, will be replaced by two round trips – at 19:40 and 19:55 from the Junction, returning at 19:45 and 20:00.

Extra Capacity


The arrival of eight 2-car Class 172 DMUs from London Overground will enable some rush hour services to be strengthened.  Two of these sets will be used on Nuneaton - Coventry - Leamington Spa services, leaving up to six units available for Snow Hill line services.  The trainset diagrams for the May timetable are still being finalised so we will update the table of morning and evening rush hour services below with the number of carriages for each service as soon as we receive them.

Current Timetable




















From

KID

SBJ


SBJ


WOS

WOS


KID

WOS

KID

WOF

SBJ

WOS

SBJ

KID

WOF

SBJ

SBJ

Time at Stourbridge Junction

0618

0624


0638


0649

0708


0714

0728

0738

0748

0757

0807

0815

0823

0835

0844

0853

To

MYB

LMS


MYB


SAV

DDG


MYB

WTE

MYB

DDG

SAV

DDG

WTE

MYB

WTE

DDG

SAV

Number of Carriages

6

3


6


3

4


6

4

4

4

3

6

4

4

3

4

6





















May 2019 Timetable




















From

KID

SBJ

KID

SBJ

SBJ

WOS

WOS

SBJ

KID

WOS

KID

WOF

KID

WOS

SBJ

KID

WOF

SBJ

SBJ

Time at Stourbridge Junction

0618

0624

0628

0641

0645

0650

0704

0709

0721

0728

0738

0748

0757

0807

0815

0823

0835

0844

0857

To

MYB

LMS

WTE

MYB

LMS

SAV

DDG

WTE

MYB

WTE

MYB

DDG

SAV

DDG

WTE

MYB

WTE

DDG

SAV

Number of Carriages

6

?

?

6

?

?

?

?

6

?

4

?

?

?

?

4

?

?

?





















Current Timetable




















From

WTE

DDG

SAV

DDG

WTE

SAV

WTE

DDG

SAV


DDG

WTE

DDG

MYB

WTE

SAV

DDG

SAV


Time at Birmingham Snow Hill

1603

1613

1623

1633

1643

1654

1703

1713

1723


1736

1743

1753

1759

1808

1823

1831

1843


To

KID

WOF

SBJ

KID

WOF

SBJ

KID

WOS

SBJ


WOF

KID

WOF

KID

KID

KID

SBJ

WOF


Number of Carriages

3

4

3

3

4

4

3

6

3


5

4

3

6

3

4

4

3






















May 2019 Timetable




















From

WTE

DDG

SAV

DDG

WTE

SAV

WTE

DDG

SAV

WTE

DDG

WTE

DDG

MYB

WTE

SAV

DDG

SAV

DDG

Time at Birmingham Snow Hill

1603

1613

1623

1633

1643

1654

1703

1713

1723

1730

1736

1743

1753

1759

1808

1823

1831

1844

1853

To

KID

WOF

SBJ

KID

WOS

SBJ

KID

WOS

SBJ

SBJ

WOF

KID

WOS

KID

GMV

KID

SBJ

WOF

SBJ

Number of Carriages

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

6

?

?

?

?

?

Current Pattern


xx:07 Wolverhampton to Walsall

xx:07 Birmingham New Street to Liverpool Lime Street

xx:16 Walsall to Wolverhampton


xx:21 Aberystwyth/Pwllheli or Holyhead to Birmingham International


xx:31 Birmingham International to Aberystwyth/Pwllheli or Holyhead

xx:37 Wolverhampton to Walsall

xx:41 Liverpool Lime Street to Birmingham New Street

xx:47 Walsall to Wolverhampton

Pattern from May


xx:06 Wolverhampton to Walsall

xx:10 London Euston to Liverpool Lime Street

xx:15 Walsall to Wolverhampton

xx:17 Crewe and Stoke-on-Trent to London Euston

xx:21 Aberystwyth/Pwllheli or Holyhead to Birmingham International

xx:27 London Euston to Crewe via Stoke-on-Trent

xx:31 Birmingham International to Aberystwyth/Pwllheli or Holyhead

xx:39 Wolverhampton to Walsall

xx:43 Liverpool Lime Street to London Euston

xx:47 Walsall to Wolverhampton

Improved Connecting Services at Smethwick Galton Bridge


The current basic service pattern on Mondays to Saturdays on the Birmingham New Street to Wolverhampton line for services stopping at Smethwick Galton Bridge will change as follows :-

On Sundays, a few extra services will stop at Smethwick Galton Bridge, the majority being services on the Birmingham New Street to Shrewsbury service.