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Travel Information

The travel information section contains items which will be useful to Rugby rail users, such as station facilities, seat reservations, car parking, bus services and fares and ticketing.  Some of these items may have originally been published as news items.

The Travel information' section is accessible here.  

RRUG no longer publishes newsletters.  You can find the archived Newsletters on the Newsletter page of this website.

RRUG is also a member of RailFuture.  A link to their latest newsletter is on the same page.
Transport Focus Newsletter for Rail User Groups
The May 2015 Passenger Voice Newsletter for Rail User Groups issued by the Passenger Focus watchdog is available here.  Since then, Passenger Focus has become Transport Focus.

News items

Increase in car parking charges (posted 10.08.16)

Virgin Trains have announced substantial increases in car parking charges at Rugby station, which will take place on 5th September.
Details of the increases are available here.  RRUG has also issued a press release, which can be seen on the Press Releases page.

RRUG responds to West Coast franchise consultation (posted 02.08.16)

Rugby Rail Users Group has commented in some detail on the franchise consultation document for the new West Coast Main Line franchise.  RRUG members who have logged in to this site can see the full response on  the Correspondence page of this website.

Former Underground train to increase capacity on Coventry - Nuneaton line (posted 22.07.16)

A prototype diesel train, which has been converted from former London Underground 'D' stock, is to be trialled on the Coventry - Nuneaton line later this year for a 12 month period.  The new train will be formed of three coaches and therefore increase capacity from the single car diesel train which operates at present.
It is also possible that this train will provide sufficient capacity to enable Coventry Arena station to remain open on match days, rather than close due to anticipated crowding problems as it does at present.
For further details see the Coventry Telegraph news item and the Railway Gazette article.

New through trains to the North West now in operation (updated 16.05.16)

The two new daytime trains linking Rugby with the North West direct via the Trent Valley line started on Monday 16 May. These trains, which run on Mondays to Saturdays, are as follows:
  • 13.04 to Crewe and Chester.  A good connection is available at Crewe for stations to Preston, Carlisle and Glasgow Central, arriving 17.17.
  • 10.40 from Glasgow Central, calling at Carlisle, stations to Preston and Warrington, then direct to Rugby arriving 14.23.
Rugby Rail Users Group has been pushing hard for such trains for a number of years.  We encourage you to use them to help show there is demand for them, and strengthen the case for more such services in future.

For a summary of all through trains between Rugby and the North West click here.

Virgin reduce super off-peak fares to London (posted 18.05.16)

Virgin Trains have advised us they have slightly reduced their super off-peak fares to London.  A super off-peak single is now £31, and a super off-peak return is now £32.  These are walk-up fares with no advance booking necessary.   Full details of these and all other fares from Rugby area available from the BR website, but a summary of the availability of these super off-peak tickets is as follows:
Monday to Friday - outward
Valid only on Virgin trains arriving Euston between 13.00 and 15.20, or after 20.30.
Monday to Friday - return
Valid only on Virgin trains leaving Euston between 11.00 and 13.40, or after 20.15.
Saturday and Sunday - outward
Valid only on Virgin trains arriving Euston between 12.000 and 17.45 or after 20.00
Saturday and Sunday - return
Valid only on Virgin trains leaving Euston between 10.30 and 16.30 or after 18.30.

Bike Hubs now open at Rugby station (posted 04.05.16)

Two bike hubs are now open on platforms 2 and 4 at Rugby station.  You will have to pay to use them, but your bike will be stored securely. A copy of the leaflet showing their location is available here

London Midland franchise extension brings improvements (updated 10.05.15)

London Midland have been granted a franchise extension which means they will continue to run train services throughout the West Midlands and on the West Coast Main Line until October 2017.

As far as Rugby is concerned, the following improvements will be made:

  • two additional weekday evening services on the Trent Valley line
  • an earlier train to Birmingham on Sunday mornings.
We understand London Midland are hoping to introduce these improvements from the December 2016 timetable.     For further details see the DfT press release.

Coventry Arena and Bermuda Park stations now open  (updated 10.05.16)

The new stations at Coventry Arena and Bermuda Park on the Coventry to Nuneaton line are now open. For the time being, these stations will be served by the existing hourly train service, pending further line improvements which would enable a more frequent service to be run.

The timetable for this line already included sufficient allowance for the stops at these two stations so it has not been altered.  However, Coventry Arena station will close for an hour after Wasps Rugby matches, Coventry City football matches and other events at the Ricoh Arena, as the existing single coach train will not be able to cope with the expected crowds.  London Midland say they do not have sufficient rolling stock to lengthen trains and that this situation will continue unless the organisers of events are prepared to charter special longer trains.  Despite a trial on a couple of Saturdays with hired-in trains, these did not prove sufficiently viable to continue.  This situation is unlikely to change for a couple of years, after which a rolling stock cascade caused by electrification elsewhere could result in some extra trains for London Midland becoming available.

For further information see the London Midland press release.

RRUG response to franchise consultations (posted 30.03.16)

Rugby Rail Users Group has responded to two consultation documents concerning future franchises. We have stated in our response to the West Midlands franchise consultation that our priority is for better connections to the North West and Scotland.  While our priority is for more fast trains to provide this service, we would also prefer the Trent Valley local service to run direct between Stafford and Crewe to provide faster journey opportunities by this route.  We also have expressed our concerns about the poor toilet facilities on thee London Midland class 350 trains, and do not approve of the suggestion that toilet facilities on these trains should be reduced to provide more passenger capacity.

As far as the Wales & Borders franchise consultation is concerned, we have stated our belief that the through services between Birmingham, the Cambrian Coast and North wales should be retained, and not split at Shrewsbury as has been proposed.

RRUG members who have logged in can see the consultation responses on the Correspondence page.

London Midland business update (posted 10.02.16)

The February business update from London Midland is available here.

New Rugby Parkway station proposed (posted 15.10.15)

Warwickshire County Council has approved plans for a new railway station to be built off the A428 road near Hillmorton. The station would be called Rugby Parkway and would serve the new sustainable development being built on the radio mast site as well as DIRFT. People living to the east of Rugby would also benefit by having a more convenient station.

Two platforms would be built on the Northampton lines, linked by a footbridge, and there would be parking for 260 cars and a bus lay-by. The station would be served by trains on the Rugby - Northampton line, running two or three times an hour each way, i.e. the existing service. This would provide direct links to Coventry, Birmingham, Northampton, Milton Keynes and London. We understand that funding is dependent on a government grant from the next round of the New Stations Fund.

The approved plan is for platforms on the Northampton lines only, so Virgin Trains would not stop at the new station and are unaffected by the scheme.