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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.
National Rail Conditions of Travel revised (posted 27.10.16)A revised version of the National Rail Conditions of Travel, formerly known as the National Rail Conditions of Carriage, came into effect on 1 October. The new version has been completely rewritten using less jargon and is, in the main, easier to understand than before. There are three changes of note. Firstly, it now makes it clear that anyone travelling with a standard class ticket who wishes to travel first class must upgrade their ticket before starting their journey. It also makes it clear that if standard class accommodation is full, you are not entitled to travel in first class without prior permission from the on-train staff. Where a penalty fare system is in operation, this also means that you would be charged a penalty fare for doing so. Secondly, the rules about split ticketing have been relaxed in respect of travelcards, ranger and rover tickets. Passengers holding such tickets who wish to extend their journey beyond the boundary stations of such tickets no longer need to travel on a train which calls at that boundary station, provided they have bought a ticket from that boundary station to their ultimate destination. This brings the rule into line with season tickets, where it has always been the case that you do not need to travel on a train which calls at the boundary station in these circumstances. Thirdly, two children under 5 years of age accompanying a fare-paying adult used to travel free. This restriction has now been lifted, so a parent travelling with more that two children under 5 will not have to pay for any of them. The new edition of the National Rail Conditions of travel is available here.
Renewal of West Midlands rail franchise - invitation to tender issued by DfT (posted 30.08.16)The Department for Transport (DfT) has issued the invitation to tender for the new West Midlands franchise, covering train services currently provided by London Midland. This affects train services between Rugby and London (but not those provided by Virgin trains), as well as stopping trains to Birmingham, Northampton and Crewe. The Invitation to Tender document sets out the minimum requirements. Potential bidders have the option to increase this. The principal change in the specification appears to be that the Trent Valley stopping service will now run direct between Stafford and Crewe, and a new service will run from Birmingham and Wolverhampton to Crewe via Stoke as a replacement. This would give faster services between Rugby and Crewe, albeit with stopping trains, which has been something for which RRUG has been campaigning for some time. Other promised benefits include:
- free Wi-Fi on all main line services by the end of 2019
- new ticket options for part time travellers which provide better value options for customers who travel fewer than 5 days a week
- new direct peak time services between Walsall and London
- longer peak time trains into Birmingham and London to give space for an extra 20,000 commuters.
Increase in car parking charges (updated 25.08.16)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 issued a press release, which can be seen on the Press Releases page. Mark Pawsey, our MP, has also taken the matter up directly with Virgin Trains - see the Rugby Observer news item.
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.
For a summary of all through trains between Rugby and the North West click here.