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New timetable offering more cross city line services to Lichfield Trent Valley

Passengers using the cross city line to and from Lichfield Trent Valley will be able to use more services when a new timetable comes into operation.

Lichfield Trent Valley station’s cross city line platform. Pic: Elliot Brown

Trains to and from Birmingham which previously stopped at Lichfield City will now continue on to Lichfield Trent Valley creating more connections to services on the West Coast Main Line.

Operator West Midlands Railway will introduce the changes from tomorrow (19th May) – and has urged passengers to double check details of their journeys.

Richard Brooks, customer experience director for West Midlands Railway, said: “The timetable improvements being introduced this weekend will bring a range of benefits to passengers, with more direct services to destinations across our network and improved capacity on some of our busiest services.

“To accommodate these enhancements, there will be alterations to train times, carriage formations and the platforming of some services at busier stations.

“Therefore, we are advising all passengers to plan ahead for next week and to check the details of their journey. This is particularly important for those who travel regularly and are used to relying on a particular service everyday.”

“Real improvements”

County councillor Mark Winnington, who is also vice chairman of the West Midlands Rail Executive, said the new timetables would be a real boost for local residents.

“With more services, particularly at evenings and weekends, this is good news for residents, businesses and visitors,” he said.

“Improved transport infrastructure is critical for continued economic growth and Staffordshire’s connectivity is a major strength for us.

“With our partners at the West Midlands Rail Executive we will of course be carefully monitoring the new timetable operation to ensure services are running effectively.

“We are confident that train users will see real improvements with the new services, offering them greater flexibility, comfort and broader travel options.”

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  1. David Greaves

    18th May, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    A lot of people use this line for shows in Birmingham. Many do not finish till 10.45 to 11.00 pm. As the last train 23.15 it’s a hell of a rush to get to if your at Symphony Hall area & you have to leave before the end sometimes. With the new clean air charges coming in, more people will want to use the train. Would it pay to put a train on at 23.30 or 23.45 to run to Lichfield TV as with the huge housing development there it would be popular with Theatre goers.

  2. Michael Fabricant

    19th May, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    David: You have made a good point. I will take this up with West Midland Trains. Can you copy and paste your comment into my webform and I will sent you their reply.


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