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West Midlands Trains: Introduction of revised timetable

The government has announced today that all train operators will begin running revised timetables from next week.

With the unprecedented global crisis, staff availability across the railway industry has been affected, as well as customer demand, making changes to the timetable necessary.

For West Midlands Trains – operating under both West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway brands - the timetable we will operate for our customers represents significant change from the normal daily timetable, with particular focus on early morning and later evening services, to deliver an effective public transport service for key workers.

With more railway staff being affected by the impact of the Coronavirus, revising services also accommodates infrastructure changes, and allows safety critical roles to be performed across the country.

The service level will deliver more than enough seats to meet the current demand levels and the timetable will be kept under regular review to react to any further developments.

The revised timetables are currently being finalised and will be made available at www.wmr.uk/coronavirus and www.lnr.uk/coronavirus over the weekend. Journey planners will be updated by Sunday afternoon.

Please be assured that our own people are absolutely committed and are working flat out on the front line to help keep the country moving, while also keeping themselves safe.


London Northwestern Railway - timetable from Monday 23 March onwards

You may already be aware that today the government have announced that all train operators will begin running revised timetables from next week. More information can be found on the below weblink;

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/reduced-rail-timetable-agreed-to-protect-train-services-and-staff

With the unprecedented global crisis, staff availability across the railway industry has been affected, as well as customer demand therefore making changes to the timetable has been necessary. For Northwestern Railway the timetable we will operate for our customers represents significant change from the normal daily timetable, with particular focus on early morning and later evening services, to deliver an effective public transport service for key workers.

With more railway staff being affected by the impact of the Coronavirus, revising services also accommodates infrastructure changes, and allows safety critical roles to be performed across the country. The service level will deliver more than enough seats to meet the current demand levels and the timetable will be kept under regular review to react to any further developments.

In summary we will run the following services;

Outer suburban

to/from London Euston

Northampton – 3 trains per hour

Milton Keynes – 5 trains per hour

Watford Junction – 4 trains per hour

Bletchley, Leighton Buzzard, Berkhamsted, Hemel Hempstead – 3 trains per hour

Tring, Harrow & Wealdstone – 2 trains per hour

Cheddington, Aspley, Kings Langley, Bushey – hourly

to/from Birmingham New Street via Northampton

Northampton, Rugby, Coventry, Birmingham International – 3 trains per hour

Coventry, Birmingham International – 4 trains per hour

Tile Hill, Marston Green – 2 trains per hour

Canley, Berkswell, Hampton-in-Arden, Lea Hall, Stechford, Adderley Park – hourly

to/from Birmingham New Street towards the north-west

Stafford – 3 trains per hour

Crewe, via Penkridge and via Stoke-on-Trent – hourly

Long distance

London – Birmingham – 3 trains per hour

London - Crewe, via Lichfield Trent Valley – hourly

Birmingham – Liverpool, via Crewe – hourly

Birmingham, via Penkridge and via Stoke-on-Trent – hourly

Branch lines

Bedford – Bletchley (Marston Vale) – hourly

St Albans Abbey – Watford Junction (The Abbey) - hourly

The revised timetables are currently being finalised and will be made available at www.wmr.uk/coronavirus and www.lnr.uk/coronavirus over the weekend and journey planners will be updated by Sunday afternoon.

Please be assured that our own people are absolutely committed and are working flat out on the front line to help keep the country moving, while also keeping themselves safe.