Chaos for commuters as faulty train blocks rail line and cancels services to Birmingham New Street
Written by The Newsroom on July 24, 2019
Train commuters faced a chaotic journey to work on Wednesday after a faulty train blocked the line between Walsall and New Street.
Services running through Bescot and Tame Bridge Parkway faced delays and cancellations after the defective train came to a halt between the two stations at around 7am.
Rail users were being advised to use bus services as it was unclear when the fault would be resolved.
West Midlands Railway tweeted: “Due to a fault on a train between Tame Bridge Parkway and Bescot Stadium the line is blocked. Train services running through these stations may be cancelled or delayed.
“Road transport has been ordered to shuttle between Walsall and Rugeley Trent Valley and Walsall and Bescot Stadium.
“We have also arranged for train tickets to be valid on some National Express bus routes.”
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The fault was affecting London Northwestern Railway services between London Euston, Liverpool Lime Street and Rugeley Trent Valley.
West Midlands Railway services between Shrewsbury and Birmingham New Street and Walsall and between Birmingham International and Rugeley Trent Valley.
Train users slammed the chaos, with one tweeting: “Struggled to get home from work last night and now struggling to get into work today – not good enough!”
Another wrote: “Four hour delays yesterday. I gave up and got a taxi at 8pm. Now can’t get to work today – with no replacements being provided and no information.”
While another furious commuter added: “This is getting ridiculous! I’d like to see proof of this broken down train – or has this come from the WM Railway book of excuses!?”
The chaos came just hours after after ‘trains ran without air-con’ and dozens of rail services were cancelled in Birmingham.
Rush-hour users across the network were left fuming after ‘inhumane heat levels’ were reported on the services on Tuesday, July 23.
Multiple rush-hour trains out of the city were cancelled as a train fault – between Lichfield Trent Valley and Birmingham New Street – and signalling faults caused chaos.
Matthew Dutton said: “Inhumane levels of Non Air-conditioning on the front 170 of the 4.49pm from SGB to KID. I’d tell you the carriage number but it’s missing. #nicework.”
Updates from the Cannock Chase Radio News Desk via Birmingham Mail - Rugeley News