Birmingham train passengers issued with final warning by rail firms ahead of weekend chaos

Written by on November 15, 2019

Industrial action will affect London Northwestern and West Midlands Railway train services on Saturdays in November and December 2019.

Both rail firms have sounded a final warning to Birmingham passengers ahead of Saturday, November 16.

Services provided by both train companies will be affected and commuters have been warned only to travel if necessary.

Rail workers have planned a strike on every Saturday leading up to the end of the year.

The firms say: “Because of industrial action by members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), we will run a reduced service on Saturdays in November and December.

“We will only be able to provide a very basic service. We ask our customers to carefully consider whether their journey is absolutely necessary, as significant disruption is expected.”

The train companies are working very hard to resolve the dispute with the RMT Union – please note the affected dates could change at the last minute, so check your journey again before you travel.

On an affected day:

  • there will be fewer trains running,
  • some stations will not be served,
  • some London Northwestern Railway services will finish earlier than normal,
  • there will be no additional replacement bus services.

West Midlands Railways train (Image: West Midlands Railway)
If your journey is delayed by 15 minutes or more, you’re entitled to compensation under the  Delay Repay  scheme. Please keep a hold of your ticket and submit your claim within 28 days.

Not affected:

Snow Hill Lines: Stourbridge Junction to Stourbridge Town

  • We will be running a normal service every Saturday.

There will be NO service on the following lines:

Birmingham New Street to Worcester / Hereford

  • There will be no train service between Hereford / Worcester and Birmingham New Street in either direction.
  • Trains via Birmingham Snow Hill will operate only between Kidderminster and Birmingham Snow Hill in both directions.

Birmingham to Shrewsbury via Wolverhampton

  • There will be no train service between Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury in either direction.
  • Passengers for Shrewsbury and Telford Centre, advised to travel on Transport for Wales or Virgin Trains services along this route, where possible.
  • There will be no service calling at Bilbrook, Codsall, Albrighton, Cosford, Shifnal or Oakengates.

Birmingham to Rugeley via Walsall

  • There will be no train service between Rugeley and Walsall in either direction.
  • There are local bus services available between Walsall and Rugeley.

Snow Hill Lines:

There will be no service between:

  • Stratford-upon-Avon and Whitlocks End
  • Stratford-upon-Avon and Dorridge
  • Leamington Spa and Dorridge
  • Kidderminster and Worcester / Great Malvern
  • Birmingham New Street and Worcester/Hereford.

 

These services will be REDUCED:

Cross City Line: Lichfield – Birmingham – Redditch / Bromsgrove

  • one train per hour from Bromsgrove – Birmingham – Four Oaks (in both directions),
  • two trains per hour from Lichfield – Birmingham – Redditch (in both directions).

Wolverhampton to Walsall via Birmingham New Street

  • There will be a reduced service along this route throughout the day

Birmingham to Northampton via Birmingham International & Coventry

  • There will be a reduced service along this route throughout the day

Birmingham to Liverpool via Crewe (with London Northwestern Railway)

  • There will be a reduced service along this route throughout the day.
  • There will be no service calling at Stone, Stoke on Trent, Kidsgrove or Alsager. East Midlands Railway runs trains between Stoke on Trent and Crewe.
  • Services at Acton Bridge have varying gaps between calling services throughout the day.
  • There is a ‘shuttle service’ in both directions between Crewe and Liverpool until 17:00

Snow Hill Lines: all trains via Birmingham Snow Hill

There will be a reduced service throughout the day:

  • between Dorridge and Kidderminster,
  • between Kidderminster to Whitlocks End

Nuneaton – Coventry – Leamington Spa

There will be a reduced service throughout the day:

  • A half-hourly service will operate between Leamington Spa and Nuneaton
  • Services are expected to be busier than usual

Updates from the Cannock Chase Radio News Desk via Birmingham Mail - Rugeley News

From: https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/birmingham-train-passengers-issued-final-17261293


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