Village's train service reduced

Kidderminster Shuttle: Village's train service reduced Village's train service reduced

AN improved service for Hartlebury rail passengers has had a negative knock-on effect for five stations, including Blakedown.

London Midland’s Worcester to Birmingham trains no longer stop at Langley Green, Old Hill, Lye, Hagley and Blakedown on off-peak or Saturdays to “form a balanced service pattern”.

Churchill and Blakedown parish councillor Roy Keys said there was “no consultation” for residents about the changes, which came into play on December 8.

Blakedown passengers will now have to change at Kidderminster to go to Worcester by train between 9.15am and 3.45pm Monday to Fridays or on Saturdays.

Mr Keys said: “You now have bout eight minutes to get a ticket at Kidderminster and then you’ve got to get across the bridge on to the other side. For some people, such as those
who are disabled, it’s going to be more difficult.

“Of course, there’s a bigger picture that we don’t see but there was no consultation.

“We’ve still got a means [to get to Worcester] but it’s drastically reduced. The train has been a godsend for disabled people in Blakedown.”

Blakedown resident Primrose Coley also expressed concerns about the change to the service.

She said: “I haven’t got a problem with Hartlebury having increased services but the trains are going through Hagley and Blakedown but not stopping.”

The improved Hartlebury service was brought in after a successful campaign by Stour bridge Line User Group and the Cotswold Line Promotion Group.

A spokeswoman for London Midland said: “Stopping patterns for off-peak and Saturday services have been subject to minor amendments in the winter timetable.

“The service amendments have been introduced to form a bal anced service pattern in either direction."

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2:22pm Mon 23 Dec 13

John Herbert Smith says...

This is extremely sloppy reporting. I suggest that the Shuttle gets its facts right before reporting in future!

Hartlebury's new service has not had any impact on Blakedown, Hagley etc at all.

London Midland have simply changed the stopping patterns of existing services, allowing the following improvements:

*the 4 trains an hour from Kidderminster to Birmingham now run at even 15 min intervals, unlike before;

*passenger loads are evened out as longer distance trains from Worcester don't stop at Blakedown or Hagley. The trains that start from Kidderminster do. This also improves journey times.

*Trains back from Birmingham no longer stop at Lye, Old Hill and Langley Green, reducing overcrowding and improving journey times. This is due to some new track-work/signallin
g at Stourbridge - I won't bore you with details. Stops are picked up by the trains that terminate at Stourbridge.

*Trains to Birmingham never stopped at Lye, Old Hill and Langley Green. So no change here.

In summary - no station has received a service cut, but overcrowding and journey times will go down.
This is extremely sloppy reporting. I suggest that the Shuttle gets its facts right before reporting in future! Hartlebury's new service has not had any impact on Blakedown, Hagley etc at all. London Midland have simply changed the stopping patterns of existing services, allowing the following improvements: *the 4 trains an hour from Kidderminster to Birmingham now run at even 15 min intervals, unlike before; *passenger loads are evened out as longer distance trains from Worcester don't stop at Blakedown or Hagley. The trains that start from Kidderminster do. This also improves journey times. *Trains back from Birmingham no longer stop at Lye, Old Hill and Langley Green, reducing overcrowding and improving journey times. This is due to some new track-work/signallin g at Stourbridge - I won't bore you with details. Stops are picked up by the trains that terminate at Stourbridge. *Trains to Birmingham never stopped at Lye, Old Hill and Langley Green. So no change here. In summary - no station has received a service cut, but overcrowding and journey times will go down. John Herbert Smith

2:27pm Mon 23 Dec 13

John Herbert Smith says...

It is true that Blakedown and Hagley have lost their direct off peak service to Worcester, but it is a same platform change at Kidderminster with less than 10 minute wait. Get over it.

There is no need to walk across the bridge to buy your ticket. Buy it from the guard on the train or buy it at your destination.
It is true that Blakedown and Hagley have lost their direct off peak service to Worcester, but it is a same platform change at Kidderminster with less than 10 minute wait. Get over it. There is no need to walk across the bridge to buy your ticket. Buy it from the guard on the train or buy it at your destination. John Herbert Smith

11:09am Tue 24 Dec 13

John Herbert Smith says...

Why has this article not been corrected? And why haven't the positive points for most passengers been included?
Why has this article not been corrected? And why haven't the positive points for most passengers been included? John Herbert Smith

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