May 2023 Timetable - Stourbridge Line User Group

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Timetable Changes from 21 May 2023
Major changes will be made to Stourbridge line timetables from 21 May and these are summarised below

West Midlands Railway

Frequencies will remain the same - 4 trains per hour as far as Kidderminster with 2 of these continuing to Worcester.  However, to improve punctuality, extra train units will be deployed to enable turnround times at destination stations to be increased significantly - for instance, 30 minutes at Kidderminster rather than 8 minutes, and 18 minutes at Dorridge rather than 3 minutes.  Hopefully, this will resolve the current issues of a train skipping stops to make up time, or being terminated short of its intended destination.
West Midlands Railway has posted the following key points on a dedicated page on its website.  This page may be read by clicking on the link below.

  • A new, more reliable and more consistent timetable that’s easier to understand for customers.
  • Additional journey opportunities between Worcester Shrub Hill – Stratford-upon-Avon via Birmingham (1 every hour).
  • Increased direct journey opportunities to/from Worcester for Old Hill, Langley Green and Lye.
  • An extra train per hour in each direction at Small Heath and Tyseley.
  • More consistent 30-minute splits between services at Spring Road, Yardley Wood, Shirley, Whiltocks End, Acocks Green, Solihull, Widney Manor, Olton and Dorridge.
  • Consistent hourly services at Lapworth.
  • The removal of request stops at Danzey, Wood End, Wootton Wawen and The Lakes (meaning all timetabled trains will call here and you’ll no longer need to let the Senior Conductor know if you wish to board or alight at these stations).

In addition, one train per hour will operate directly from Droitwich Spa to Worcester Foregate Street while one train per hour will operate between Droitwich Spa and Worcester Foregate Street via Worcester Shrub Hill.  Thus, Foregate Street is served appoximately every 30 minutes, while Shrub Hill is served hourly.
However, there is a downside that West Midlands Railway initially failed to mention on its website, but which has now been added.  

Blakedown and Hagley
  • To help our network run more reliably, direct services to/from Worcester will no longer call at Blakedown and Hagley throughout the day.
  • Direct trains to/from Worcester will remain in place during key school / college travel times.
  • Both of these stations will still receive 2 trains per hour to/from Kidderminster. If you’re travelling towards Worcester from these stations you’re advised to change trains at Kidderminster.

SLUG opposes the withdawal of these through services and has suggested an alternative stopping pattern that will allow through services to continue without compromising reliability.  Unfortunately, West Midlands Railway has refused to consider these proposals, which SLUG intend to keep on the table for introduction in a future timetable change.

In addition, SLUG has raised concerns about the withdrawal of some Saturday evening services.  Again, West Midlands Railway has ignored these concerns.
Chiltern Railways

Chiltern Railways has announced that it is withdrawing all services from Kidderminster, with remaining services running to/from Stourbridge Junction.

Trains will now run as follows :-

Monday to Friday
0614 Stourbridge Junction to London Marylebone (arrive 0842)
1707 London Marylebone to Stourbridge Junction (arrive 1950)
1807 London Marylebone to Stourbridge Junction (arrive 2037)
2102 London Marylebone to Stourbridge Junction (arrive 2349)

Saturday
0644 Stourbridge Junction to London Marylebone (arrive 0915)
0818 Stourbridge Junction to London Marylebone (arrive 1045)
1802 London Marylebone to Stourbridge Junction (arrive 2035)
1932 London Marylebone to Stourbridge Junction (arrive 2205)

Sunday
0935 Stourbridge Junction to London Marylebone (arrive 1212)
1042 Stourbridge Junction to London Marylebone (arrive 1312)
1737 London Marylebone to Stourbridge Junction (arrive 2002)
1837 London Marylebone to Stourbridge Junction (arrive 2102)

SLUG has produced a full timetable from 21 May using data on Realtime Trains.  This may be viewed by clicking on the link below.
Latest News

31 May 2024

Major changes will be made to Stourbridge Line and Stourbridge Town timetables from 2 June.  Full details may be read in the News and Comment section, while the Timetables page has been updated with the new timetables, and each individual Stations page has been updated with the new departure boards.

12 November 2023

Recent photos of activity along the Metro route from Great Bridge to Dudley have been added to the Walsall Line section of the website.

5 October 2023

The Prime Minister has announced additional transport funding for the Midlands using funds previously allocated for HS2 phase 2.  Full details may be read in the News and Comment section.

2 September 2023

The Ticket Office Closures Consultation closed on Friday 1 September 2023.  However, the parliamentary petition remains open until 18 October.  For full details, please click on the link at the top of the home page.

18 July 2023

SLUG has responded to the Ticket Office Closures consultation.  Full details may be read in the Consultations section.

16 July 2023

SLUG strongly opposes the Government's proposals to close all ticket offices in England.  Full details may be read in the News and Comment section.
The Membership Secretary
Stourbridge Line User Group
46 Sandringham Road
Wordsley
Stourbridge
West Midlands
DY8 5HL


Site Last Updated on
17 June 2024

(Walsall Line)
The Membership Secretary
Stourbridge Line User Group
46 Sandringham Road
Wordsley
Stourbridge
West Midlands
DY8 5HL

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