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Passengers using the cross city line in Lichfield will see additional capacity from September, rail bosses have confirmed.

Services were reduced during the coronavirus crisis as passenger demand plummeted.

But West Midlands Railway said the number of services will increase to four trains per hour along the majority of the route, with the maximum six carriages used instead of three.

The operator said the move was part of a a new timetable across its network from 6th September.

Jonny Wiseman, customer experience director for West Midlands Railway, said:

“This timetable is the most significant step up in our capacity since lockdown. We’re adding thousands of extra seats to give our customers the space to travel with confidence.

“We’ve taken all the aspects which made our lockdown timetable work so well and expanded them as increasing numbers of customers continue returning to the railway. This simpler timetable will be more reliable for passengers with longer trains to help social distancing.

“We know that coronavirus will continue to impact our lives and workplaces for some time to come but by creating a resilient, flexible timetable we can help our customers adjust to their new normal.”

Jonny Wiseman, West Midlands Railway

The new timetables are available at www.wmr.uk/plan.

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2 Comments

  1. Hs2 propaganda said that local rail services needed HS2 to be done to increase capacity.

    West Midlands Railways have managed it just by increasing the length of all trains.
    HS2 is a massive waste of our money, and certainly does not benefit Lichfield at all. There is already extra capacity on the West Coast Main Line as well by using full length trains, which was not being done before Covid-19 either.

  2. Quite right Ian, HS2 is a criminal waste of money that will not benefit the majority of people, will inflict terrible damage on the countryside, and will use money that could be spent on things that would be of benefit, like the NHS for instance. By the time it’s built people won’t be travelling for meetings in London, especially now we’ve proved online meetings work. Can you imagine the cost of a ticket?

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