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West Midlands Railway are reminding rail passengers to check their train times ahead of timetable changes being introduced this weekend.

Both West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway will be implementing new timetables from Sunday (19 May), bringing improvements for passengers across the West Midlands.

Some of the improvement being introduced across the West Midlands include:

  • More direct services between major cities, airports and transport hubs across the rail network. Many of these services will operate via Birmingham New Street, connecting London Euston to destinations such as Wolverhampton, Walsall, Stoke-on-Trent and Liverpool.
  • Three trains an hour to and from London Euston every day – with more eight carriage trains. Journey times from Birmingham on the West Coast Mainline will also have reduced waiting time at Northampton, improving the journey times to/from the capital.
  • Electric trains will be introduced on the Chase line, following over £100m of electrification work between Walsall and Rugeley Trent Valley. This will enable faster trains to operate, with more carriages and extra seats for passengers. From Walsall, there will be an hourly service to London Euston and a half hourly service to Birmingham Airport from Monday to Saturday.

Various timetable enhancements will also provide additional services and capacity across the West Midlands. There will be earlier and later services to and from many stations, with frequent services operating on many routes later into the evenings. These enhancements include:

  • The last evening trains to operate between Birmingham New Street and Coventry will depart between 20 and 45 minutes later, with an additional 0040 departure from Birmingham New Street on weekdays.
  • On the Cross City North, four trains an hour will continue to the end of the line at Lichfield Trent Valley throughout the day. There will be the introduction of a new 2340 departure from Birmingham New Street to Four Oaks on weekdays, and a 2325 departure on Saturdays.
  • Services calling at local stations to Wolverhampton will see an additional train from Birmingham at 2338 from Monday to Saturday.
  • There will be new Birmingham Snow Hill to Worcester Shrub Hill departures until 2300 on Fridays and Saturdays.

Richard Brooks, customer experience director for West Midlands Railway, said: “The timetable improvements being introduced this weekend will bring a range of benefits to passengers, with more direct services to destinations across our network and improved capacity on some of our busiest services.

“To accommodate these enhancements, there will be alterations to train times, carriage formations and the platforming of some services at busier stations. Therefore, we are advising all passengers to plan ahead for next week and to check the details of their journey. This is particularly important for those who travel regularly and are used to relying on a particular service everyday.

“We also want to make sure people are aware of how they can benefit from new opportunities to travel by train for both work and leisure. With additional earlier, later and weekend services operating direct to more destinations, the new timetable is good news for passengers across the region.”

Passengers can plan ahead using journey planning systems and are advised to go to westmidlandsrailway.co.uk or londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk for more information.