No trains to or from London Euston for three weekends (posted 12.08.18)For the three weekends of 18/19, 25/26/27 August and 31 August/1 September, there will be major engineering work at North Wembley Junction. As a result, London Euston station will be closed to all trains on these dates. On Monday 27 August only, a limited train service will resume to and from London Euston from 12.00. Virgin Trains will run a reduced service with no trains south of Milton Keynes Central. Some trains from the north will also turn back at Rugby. London North Western trains will not run south of Hemel Hempstead. On this occasion, a bus service will be provided between Rugby and Ketttering, from where passengers to London will be able to travel on East Midlands Trains. As usual, tickets will also be valid from Chiltern Railways stations into London Marylebone. All train services at Rugby will be running to a revised and reduced timetable. If you are travelling over these weekends, please check your journey with the National Rail Journey Planner before setting out.
ADVANCE NOTICE: Francis Thomas to outline West Midlands Trains' future plans at RRUG meeting on Wednesday 26 September (posted 17.06.18)A members' meeting of Rugby Rail Users Group will be held on the evening of Wednesday 26 September at the Claremont Centre (Age UK), 43 Clifton Road, Rugby, CV21 3QE. Doors will open at 19.15 for a 19.30 start. The guest speaker will be Francis Thomas, Head of Corporate Affairs for West Midlands Trains. Together with some support staff, he will give a presentation on future plans for West Midlands Trains, including new trains and service proposals. Francis has a deep understanding and knowledge of rail services in this area, having previously worked for the London Midland franchise. We look forward to what he will be telling us about train services in our area in the future. If you use the trains from Rugby, this will be an event not to be missed! All RRUG members are welcome to attend. If you are not an RRUG member, you are welcome to attend on payment at the door of the annual subscription of £8.
West Midlands timetable improvements postponed from December to May 2019 (updated 16.07.18)The Rail Delivery Group has announced that, following the problems with the May timetable changes on Thameslink and Northern services. the number of changes to take place at the next timetable change in December is being reduced from what had originally been planned. Unfortunately, this means that the service improvements planned for London Northwestern and West Midlands Trains will not now take place until the subsidiary timetable change date in May 2019. Further details are available in the Rail Delivery Group Press release. RRUG has also issued a press release on this.
West Midlands Trains apply for service improvements (updated 13.07.18)As part of their franchise commitment, West Midlands Trains have applied to the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) for a Track Access Agreement to run revised train services from the December 2018 timetable change. However, since this application was submitted, the Rail Delivery Group has now decided that the timetable changes in the West Midlands will be deferred to the May 2019 timetable change (see above). Improvements which will affect Rugby include:
- Diversion of the Trent Valley stopping service to run direct from Stafford to Crewe instead of diverting via Stoke-on-Trent. There will be some additional trains on this route, closing existing gaps in the service. Stations between Stone and Alsager via Stoke-on-Trent will be served by a new Birmingham - Stafford - Stoke - Crewe service.
- Linking of one of the Euston - Northampton - Birmingham services with a Birmingham - Rugeley Trent Valley service. This will provide a through link between Rugby, Walsall and Cannock.
- Additional trains from Rugby to Birmingham at 08.48 and Birmingham to Rugby at 16.14 on Mondays to Fridays, closing gaps in the service.
- Some Leamington - Coventry services will be linked with the existing Coventry - Nuneaton services to provide through links across Coventry. There will also be a new Leamington - Coventry service on Sundays, providing Kenilworth with a train service on that day.