Extra trains between Shrewsbury and Birmingham roll out in May
Written by BBC News on February 26, 2019
West Midlands Railway is to add extra trains to the Shrewsbury to Birmingham route when it introduces a new time-table in May.
The route has been subject to much frustration over the last few months as over-crowding, cancellations, and shorter trains than usual have plagued the busy commuter route into Birmingham. Virgin Trains, Transport for Wales (TFW) and West Midlands Railway operate along the line, with TFW recently apologising for the lack of carriages which has meant a reduction in the length of trains. Last minute cancellations due to lack of staff also saw West Midlands Railway apologising to its customers.
Now, West Midlands Trains have said they are going to introduce a new service which will see the addition of an extra hourly service at certain times of the day. When combined with the services operated by the other two providers it should mean at least three trains per hour along the route.
Rebecca Preece, Media Relations Manager for West Midlands Railway told Nova FM that the new service would be “slightly quicker” than their other service, which stops at every station along the route, and would instead run from Shrewsbury to Birmingham New Street calling at Wellington, Telford Central, Shifnal, Codsall, and Wolverhampton. Ms Preece also said, “the electrification of the Chase Line has helped to free up carriages which means we’re very pleased to add the new service to the timetable. Additionally, on Sundays, a new hourly service will call at all stations between Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton replacing the current Transport for Wales services that operate every other hour”.
The extra service should have been introduced in December but was postponed by the Rail Delivery Group, who oversee UK rail operations, following problems when a new timetable was launched in the north of England last year.
The new timetable begins on 19 May.