Rugby Rail Users Group

The Voice Of Rugby Rail Users


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.
The Track Access Application is currently with Network Rail for comment.  It will then be considered for approval by the ORR and, if approved, will see the above changes introduced with the December 2018 timetable.
Full details are shown in the Track Access Application.

More through trains to the North West in May timetable (posted 20.04.18)

With the completion of electrification to Blackpool, Virgin Trains are introducing three new through trains between London and Blackpool North from the May timetable change.  These trains, which start on Monday 21 May, will call at Rugby, then Warrington, Wigan, Preston and Blackpool North.
On Mondays to Fridays the northbound trains will call at Rugby at 07.40, 09.46 and 11.25.  Southbound calls at Rugby will be at 12.59, 15.06 and 17.06. The existing service at 17.23 from Rugby to Blackpool will continue to run.
A similar service will operate on Saturdays, except there will be only two northbound services from Rugby, with the third northbound train starting from Birmingham.  All three southbound trains from Blackpool on Saturdays  will run to London, calling at Rugby.
These new services provide a welcome improvement in through services between Rugby and the North West, something for which RRUG has been campaigning for many years.  The full timetable is available on the Virgin Trains website.
For an updated summary of through trains between Rugby and the North West, effective from 21 May, click here.

Kenilworth station to open on Monday 30 April (posted 25.04.18)

Kenilworth station will finally open on Monday 30 April.  It will be served by a new shuttle service running between Coventry and Leamington Spa.  This will run hourly on Mondays to Saturdays.  At present there will be no Sunday service.  Journey times from Rugby to Kenilworth, with a change at Coventry, will be about 27 minutes, which is considerably quicker than is currently possible by bus.
The new service is now showing on the National Rail Journey Planner.

Reduced frequency for bus link to town centre (posted 17/08/18)

From Saturday 28 April, the frequency of  Stagecoach bus route 4, which is the main bus link between the rail station and the town centre, will be revised to run every 15 minutes instead of every 12 minutes.  Stagecoach say this will improve the reliability of the service. The new timetable for route 4 is available here.