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SLUG Response to West Midlands Rail Franchise Consultation

The Stourbridge Line User Group has been heavily involved with producing a response to the West Midlands Rail Consultation document.  The implications of this consultation, on which the Department for Transport will decide the best franchise regional train operator, are enormous.  The process is much more than asking for service improvements, it is framing SLUG campaigns in a persuasive way.  By the time of submission on 16 March, the SLUG document underwent seven revisions after thorough and thoughtful debate.
Preparation for the SLUG response has involved attendance at various liaison events including presentations at Worcester County Hall and Birmingham Council House.  Other stakeholders at these meetings have included fraternal Rail User Groups, Centro officers and Worcestershire County Councillors.  In addition, SLUG attended a public consultation event at Birmingham Snow Hill station which enabled us to discuss our aspirations with a member of the DfT-led franchising team.

To view the SLUG response to the consultation, please click 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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