December and May Timetables - Stourbridge Line User Group

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Timetable Changes In December 2022 and May 2023
In December 2022, a major change will be made to the times of all services emanating from London Euston and running along the West Coast Main Line.  In the West Midlands, this means major changes to services that operate along the corridor from Coventry to Wolverhampton.  This will mean changes to services operated by West Midlands Railway, London Northwestern Railway, Avanti West Coast, Transport for Wales and CrossCountry.  As an example, the Avanti West Coast service from Euston to Birmingham New Street, which operated every 20 minutes pre-Covid, will be split into a half-hourly express service stopping at Coventry and Birmingham International only, and an hourly "semi-fast" service which additionally stops at Watford Junction, Milton Keynes Central and Rugby.

The Snow Hill line services will not alter in December 2022, but changes will be made in May 2023 to produce a more resilient timetable.  Chiltern Railways services will also be changed in May 2023 to integrate better with the services provided by West Midlands Railway.

How does this affect the Stourbridge line?  
December 2022

  • Transport for Wales services from Birmingham International to Aberystwyth/Pwllheli/Holyhead will no longer call at Smethwick Galton Bridge but will call at Sandwell & Dudley instead. thus removing direct links from the Stourbridge line to Birmingham Airport, the NEC and Mid and North Wales.
  • West Midlands Railway services from Birmingham New Street to Shrewsbury calling at all stations between Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury will call at Smethwick Galton Bridge rather than Sandwell & Dudley, thus providing a far inferior slower direct link between the Stourbridge line and Shrewsbury.
  • London Northwestern Railway services from Birmingham New Street to Liverpool Lime Street will continue to call at Smethwick Galton Bridge until the Midland Metro line to Brierley Hill opens in 2024.  The Smethwick Galton Bridge stop will then be removed to allow an additional stop at Dudley Port, thus removing direct links from the Stourbridge line to Liverpool and the West Coast Main Line at Crewe.

The above changes effectively makes Smethwick Galton Bridge impotent as an interchange station for Stourbridge line passengers.  SLUG strongly opposes these changes and has arranged a meeting with West Midlands Rail Executive to state its case for the retention of links to Birmingham International, Crewe, Liverpool and Mid/North Wales.
   
May 2023

  • The service level of 2 trains per hour to or from Kidderminster with an additional 2 trains per hour continuing to Worcester will be maintained.
  • One train per hour will operate from Droitwich Spa to Worcester Foregate Street via Worcester Shrub Hill and one train per hour will operate directly from Droitwich Spa to Worcester Foregate Street.
  • Services that operate to or from Kidderminster will operate as semi-fast services.
  • Services that operate to or from Worcester will call at all stations.
  • Extra dwell time will be built into the timetable at destination stations and at Snow Hill to improve the performance of the service.

The document makes no mention of any changes to the Sunday timetable.  SLUG intends to raise this issue at its meeting with West Midlands Rail Executive.

The document showing all the changes proposed for December 2022 and May 2023 may be viewed by clicking on the link below.
Latest News

12 July 2022

Major changes will be made to connecting services at Smethwick Galton Bridge from December 2022, and to the Snow Hill lines timetable from May 2023.  Full details may be read in the News and Comment section.

27 May 2022

Stourbridge line services will only operate to and from Birmingham Snow Hill from 20 to 23 June due to engineering works.  Full details may be read in the News and Comment section.

15 May 2022

New timetables come into force today.  Updated timetables can be found on the Timetables page and on each individual station page.

24 March 2022

A revised timetable comes into effect on 15 May 2022.  Full details may be read in the News and Comment section.

31 October 2021

SLUG issues a statement on the current state of Snow Hill line services and joins three other user groups in sending a strongly worded letter to the West Midlands Rail Executive.  Full details may be read in the News and Comment section.

27 October 2021

The Department for Transport has just announced that the bid by Pre-Metro Operations for funding under the Restore Your Railways Fund to progress the provision of a light rail shuttle service from Stourbridge Junction to Harts Hill to link up with the Midland Metro has been rejected.

7 October 2021

Worcestershire County Council has launched a consultation into proposals to expand the car park at Blakedown station by 87 spaces.  Full details may be read in the News and Comment section.

2 August 2021

A new Stourbridge Line User Group Facebook page has been set up to complement this web site by posting any developments or problems as they happen.  The Facebook page may be viewed by clicking on the Facebook icon on this page.

23 May 2021

The Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail has been published by the Government.  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 12 July 2022
(News and Comment)
The Membership Secretary
Stourbridge Line User Group
46 Sandringham Road
Wordsley
Stourbridge
West Midlands
DY8 5HL

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