Train users pushing to get Kidderminster station plans back on track

Kidderminster Shuttle: Back on track: Stourbridge Line User Group wants a revamp for facilities at Kidderminster station to get the go-ahead. Picture: Miriam Balfry. 3273132. Back on track: Stourbridge Line User Group wants a revamp for facilities at Kidderminster station to get the go-ahead. Picture: Miriam Balfry. 3273132.

A RAILWAY user group will campaign to get plans for a new train station building and other improvements at Kidderminster back on track.

The Stourbridge Line User Group (SLUG), which covers Kidderminster Station on Comberton Hill, announced the push as part of a programme of campaigns for the new year.

Chairman Rob Hebron referred to plans previously submitted to Network Rail by Worcestershire County Council to build a new terminal building, better bus facilities to improve connections and proposals to install traffic lights at its entrance on Comberton Hill.

The plan was derailed in 2011 when a bid for funding fell through but Mr Hebron said he was confident his group could achieve its aims by laising with the right people, including the county council, rail operator London Midland and Network Rail.

He said: "We think it is a fantastic opportunity, we think there is good patronage at Kidderminster station, a lot of people use it but we feel it needs better facilities.

"The facilities there for changing are very poor, there are no bus shelters for example - it is not as good as it could be. We feel like Kidderminster station should be pushed up the list to where it rightly belongs.

"It is all about laising and proving our point, we are part of the way there and in the long run we are confident we could achieve this because it is something that other people want us to achieve."

The chairman pointed to changing facilities at Stourbridge Station as a good example to follow.

Members will also call for evening and Sunday trains to stop at Hartlebury, as they try to build on last year's success in getting operator London Midland's services to call at the station regularly during the day.

Mr Hebron said: "We will now concentrate on trying to get evening and Sunday trains to call at Hartlebury. There is a long way to go but I believe SLUG can persuade train operators London Midland to focus on Stourbridge line stations and improvements which can maximise patronage."

 

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9:45am Wed 8 Jan 14

Poppasmurf says...

I would suggest the first priority for Kidderminster should be to get trains running to Birmingham New Street instead of Snow Hill without having to change at Galton Bridge.

Going to London without changing or having a 15 minute walk between stations should be the main aim.

That's how it used to be before Snow Hill opened.
I would suggest the first priority for Kidderminster should be to get trains running to Birmingham New Street instead of Snow Hill without having to change at Galton Bridge. Going to London without changing or having a 15 minute walk between stations should be the main aim. That's how it used to be before Snow Hill opened. Poppasmurf
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9:48am Wed 8 Jan 14

Poppasmurf says...

And traffic lights at the station entrance are completely unnecessary. Have these people bought shares in the traffic lights company? They're sprouting up all over the place where they are not necessary, yet remain absent from where they would be really beneficial (such as Catchems End) because the council refuse to admit what a botch up they have made.
And traffic lights at the station entrance are completely unnecessary. Have these people bought shares in the traffic lights company? They're sprouting up all over the place where they are not necessary, yet remain absent from where they would be really beneficial (such as Catchems End) because the council refuse to admit what a botch up they have made. Poppasmurf
  • Score: 12

10:38am Wed 8 Jan 14

Bcfc1186 says...

The priority should be getting peak time trains to either a) arrive at all, b) depart on time (not late, and certainly not early - as has been the case with several recently).

London Midland don't even have enough drivers to fulfill their timetable!
The priority should be getting peak time trains to either a) arrive at all, b) depart on time (not late, and certainly not early - as has been the case with several recently). London Midland don't even have enough drivers to fulfill their timetable! Bcfc1186
  • Score: 7

2:01pm Wed 8 Jan 14

bobcommuter says...

If you are a pedestrian trying to cross the road to get to or from the station your viewpoint on traffic lights would be a little different. They would also be a significant boost for people trying to turn out of Lea Street. As for the improvements to the station itself there is more shelter for bicycles than for passengers waiting for a train, this must be addressed.
If you are a pedestrian trying to cross the road to get to or from the station your viewpoint on traffic lights would be a little different. They would also be a significant boost for people trying to turn out of Lea Street. As for the improvements to the station itself there is more shelter for bicycles than for passengers waiting for a train, this must be addressed. bobcommuter
  • Score: 2

2:23pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Bcfc1186 says...

More important that the actual trains though?
More important that the actual trains though? Bcfc1186
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3:00pm Wed 8 Jan 14

bobcommuter says...

Running the trains on time with an appropriate number of coaches is indeed the prime responsibility of London Midland as the franchised operator and we all want that to happen. The Comberton Hill/Station Improvements were to be funded by the County Council and Network Rail as the Highways/Station owner. That is what this news item is about.
Running the trains on time with an appropriate number of coaches is indeed the prime responsibility of London Midland as the franchised operator and we all want that to happen. The Comberton Hill/Station Improvements were to be funded by the County Council and Network Rail as the Highways/Station owner. That is what this news item is about. bobcommuter
  • Score: 4

9:43am Thu 9 Jan 14

Bcfc1186 says...

So why don't we see SLUG in the media campaigning about London Midland's abysmal service?

The priority should always be the reliability of the trains, regardless of who is paying for what. No matter what you say, London Midland's performance is nothing short of pathetic.

Kidderminster needs a better train service before it needs better facilities, it's that simple.
So why don't we see SLUG in the media campaigning about London Midland's abysmal service? The priority should always be the reliability of the trains, regardless of who is paying for what. No matter what you say, London Midland's performance is nothing short of pathetic. Kidderminster needs a better train service before it needs better facilities, it's that simple. Bcfc1186
  • Score: -1

1:04pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Mr.Fie says...

Traffic light on station hill (comberton hill, whatever) at the train station enterance would be a disaster and I would avoid it like the plague. As for the viewpoint of pedestrians crossing isn't there already a pedestrian crossing by the station?? (that doesn't continually stop the flow of traffic every couple of minutes for the sake of it)

Imagine the state of the island at the bottom with traffic lights on the hill. Kidderminster would just be gridlock.

Not as stupid as the idea a few months ago to propose installing traffic lights on the island so people didn't have to use the 'dangerous' subway...

Then again when was the last time any of our local 'road improvements' actually improved the roads??
Traffic light on station hill (comberton hill, whatever) at the train station enterance would be a disaster and I would avoid it like the plague. As for the viewpoint of pedestrians crossing isn't there already a pedestrian crossing by the station?? (that doesn't continually stop the flow of traffic every couple of minutes for the sake of it) Imagine the state of the island at the bottom with traffic lights on the hill. Kidderminster would just be gridlock. Not as stupid as the idea a few months ago to propose installing traffic lights on the island so people didn't have to use the 'dangerous' subway... Then again when was the last time any of our local 'road improvements' actually improved the roads?? Mr.Fie
  • Score: 5

6:42pm Fri 10 Jan 14

SamfromStourport says...

Poppasmurf wrote:
I would suggest the first priority for Kidderminster should be to get trains running to Birmingham New Street instead of Snow Hill without having to change at Galton Bridge.

Going to London without changing or having a 15 minute walk between stations should be the main aim.

That's how it used to be before Snow Hill opened.
Are you aware of the direct services operated by Chiltern Railways 6 days a week Kidderminster - London Marylebone?

It's only a five minute walk between Moor Street and New Street.

Actually, it was originally Kidderminster to Snow Hill until it was closed in the 1960s! The Snow Hill line was then re-opened in the 1990s after a period of trains running to New Street...........
[quote][p][bold]Poppasmurf[/bold] wrote: I would suggest the first priority for Kidderminster should be to get trains running to Birmingham New Street instead of Snow Hill without having to change at Galton Bridge. Going to London without changing or having a 15 minute walk between stations should be the main aim. That's how it used to be before Snow Hill opened.[/p][/quote]Are you aware of the direct services operated by Chiltern Railways 6 days a week Kidderminster - London Marylebone? It's only a five minute walk between Moor Street and New Street. Actually, it was originally Kidderminster to Snow Hill until it was closed in the 1960s! The Snow Hill line was then re-opened in the 1990s after a period of trains running to New Street........... SamfromStourport
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12:18pm Sat 11 Jan 14

John Herbert Smith says...

There is NO capacity at Birmingham New Street - that is the whole reason why Snow Hill reopened. We now have the best service EVER on the Kidderminster line as more frequent trains can operate into Snow Hill.

There is a train every 15 mins to Smethwick - change for DIRECT services to Liverpool, Chester, Birmingham Airport, Shrewsbury, Birmingham New Street, Stafford, Walsall and Crewe.

To get to London, catch Chiltern from Moor Street - the connection often leaves from the same platform.

There are no more carriages available - it is up to the government to order more.

Other places have it much much worse!
There is NO capacity at Birmingham New Street - that is the whole reason why Snow Hill reopened. We now have the best service EVER on the Kidderminster line as more frequent trains can operate into Snow Hill. There is a train every 15 mins to Smethwick - change for DIRECT services to Liverpool, Chester, Birmingham Airport, Shrewsbury, Birmingham New Street, Stafford, Walsall and Crewe. To get to London, catch Chiltern from Moor Street - the connection often leaves from the same platform. There are no more carriages available - it is up to the government to order more. Other places have it much much worse! John Herbert Smith
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9:18am Sun 12 Jan 14

kunuty says...

Trouble is people want to live in a sleepy back water like kiddy but expect facilities of Birmingham, really your lucky there's a train station in kiddy so be thankful .
Trouble is people want to live in a sleepy back water like kiddy but expect facilities of Birmingham, really your lucky there's a train station in kiddy so be thankful . kunuty
  • Score: -9

3:12pm Sun 12 Jan 14

khfc says...

Kunuty...... Where are you trolling from then? Venice? Vienna? Or Worcester?
Kunuty...... Where are you trolling from then? Venice? Vienna? Or Worcester? khfc
  • Score: 6

3:07am Mon 13 Jan 14

kunuty says...

Not trolling just speaking the truth mate , can you not see that or are you so In love with kiddy you don't want to see it, visit other places and get a real view of the world khfc
Not trolling just speaking the truth mate , can you not see that or are you so In love with kiddy you don't want to see it, visit other places and get a real view of the world khfc kunuty
  • Score: -2

10:46am Mon 13 Jan 14

Bcfc1186 says...

I'd love to know how often John Herbet Smith uses this service. It's clearly not everyday like myself, otherwise he would understand that, due to the poor service that London Midland operates - catching a connection anywhere is nigh on impossible.

They frequently cancel trains entirely, or terminate them early. If you are lucky, some days they will have enough drivers to cover the timetable. If you are unlucky you will arrive at the station to be told there is a 45 minute wait as there are not enough drivers - and that when the train does arrive, it will terminate early to allow the current driver to finish his shift on time.

On days when there are enough drivers, generally Tues, Weds and Thursday (their drivers tend to be ill on Mondays and Fridays) - you will find that the trains will leave Kiddy anywhere between 5-10 minutes late, then lose more time en route to Birmingham. You will arrive at Smethwick around 15 minutes late, causing you to miss the connecting train and leave you with another 45 minute wait for the next service (remember, this is if you catch them on a good day).

Getting to London is much easier, as Chiltern stop at Kidderminster, and their service is infinitely more reliable than London Midland.
I'd love to know how often John Herbet Smith uses this service. It's clearly not everyday like myself, otherwise he would understand that, due to the poor service that London Midland operates - catching a connection anywhere is nigh on impossible. They frequently cancel trains entirely, or terminate them early. If you are lucky, some days they will have enough drivers to cover the timetable. If you are unlucky you will arrive at the station to be told there is a 45 minute wait as there are not enough drivers - and that when the train does arrive, it will terminate early to allow the current driver to finish his shift on time. On days when there are enough drivers, generally Tues, Weds and Thursday (their drivers tend to be ill on Mondays and Fridays) - you will find that the trains will leave Kiddy anywhere between 5-10 minutes late, then lose more time en route to Birmingham. You will arrive at Smethwick around 15 minutes late, causing you to miss the connecting train and leave you with another 45 minute wait for the next service (remember, this is if you catch them on a good day). Getting to London is much easier, as Chiltern stop at Kidderminster, and their service is infinitely more reliable than London Midland. Bcfc1186
  • Score: 0

9:04pm Mon 13 Jan 14

John Herbert Smith says...

The driver shortage at London Midland was caused by CrossCountry trains poaching them with higher salaries. It takes about a year to train a driver.

And whilst I no longer use the train daily, I did use it daily for 7 years - and can tell you that it is much better now than it used to be!

There is a train every 15 mins to Birmingham - what more do you want?
The driver shortage at London Midland was caused by CrossCountry trains poaching them with higher salaries. It takes about a year to train a driver. And whilst I no longer use the train daily, I did use it daily for 7 years - and can tell you that it is much better now than it used to be! There is a train every 15 mins to Birmingham - what more do you want? John Herbert Smith
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