Rail timetable improvements starting 19th May 2019

Passengers across the West Midlands will benefit from extra services and more seats to new destinations, when West Midlands Railway and London North Western introduces new timetables.

The improvements include new services, later evening services, extra capacity and enhanced timetables across the region.

There will more direct services operating across the region, connecting major cities and airports with destinations such as London, Liverpool, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton and Rugeley.

New routes starting from Liverpool, Crewe (via Stoke-on-Trent) and Rugeley Trent Valley will connect at Birmingham New Street to form three trains an hour to/from London Euston every day. Journey times from Birmingham on the West Coast mainline will also have reduced waiting time at Northampton, improving the journey time to/from the capital.

Electric trains will be introduced on the Chase line, following the £100m electrification of the route between Walsall and Rugeley Trent Valley. This will enable faster trains to operate, with more carriages and extra seats for passengers.  Many of these services will also continue direct to London Euston from Monday to Saturday.

On the Shrewsbury to Birmingham Line, there are additional off-peak services on weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays significantly improving the frequency for many stations on the line.

A new direct service will also operate linking Nuneaton with Leamington Spa via Coventry on Monday to Saturdays.

Various timetable enhancements will also provide additional services and capacity across the region.  There will be earlier and later services to and from both Birmingham New Street and Birmingham Snow Hill, with and enhanced service levels on many routes operating later into the evenings. On Sundays, there are also improvements in service frequency between Worcester and Birmingham and Northampton and Birmingham.

Passengers are advised to check their journeys from 19th May onwards using our journey planner.

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