From Monday 18th of January, an amended timetable will run on West Midlands Railway services to keep key workers moving during the lockdown. The reduced timetables reflect the lesser amount of passengers travelling on the network, due to the government’s ‘Stay at Home’ message, as the UK remains in it’s third lockdown since the start of the pandemic.
Impact of Reduced Services
The changes to the timetable are due to the reduced number of passengers on the trains due to the travel restrictions and also the number of railway staff unable to work due to self-isolating or shielding. West Midlands Railway is asking non-essential travellers to stay home and off the network in this moment in time, stating it is running services “primarily for key workers” during this third lockdown.
Timetable amendments include:
- Fewer trains on the Birmingham Snow Hill lines on weekday afternoons.
- There will be no trains between Leamington Spa and Nuneaton via Coventry. Instead, buses will replace trains along the route.
- Fewer services will run between Stourbridge Town and Stourbridge Junction.
The revised timetable will be under constant review, with a full-timetable being restored once the UK starts to transition back into the ‘new normal.’ This is hoped to be after the mass-vaccine rollout across the country.
Jonny Wiseman, WMR customer experience director, said:
“All through the pandemic, our dedicated staff have continued working hard to provide a regular, safe and reliable train service which has kept the country moving. With the current travel restrictions significantly reducing passenger numbers, now is the right time to adjust our timetable so we continue to provide an appropriate level of service. Passengers should only use the train when necessary but our enhanced cleaning regimes mean those who do come on board can continue to travel with confidence.”
A reminder from all of us at Rail Traveller: Stay Home > Protect the NHS > Save Lives. We will be back on the rails soon.