engineering disruptions for passengers in august, september and october

23 august 2017

Stourbridge line passengers are warned that, due to engineering work that will close London Euston station over the August Bank Holiday weekend, the Stourbridge line will lose all through trains to London Marylebone on Saturday 26 August.  This is because Chiltern Railways have decided to concentrate all its West Midlands services to operate between Birmingham Moor Street and London Marylebone only to cater for the huge increase in passengers unable to use Virgin Trains or London Midland services to directly reach London Euston.  This means that, of the first 10 services operating from Kidderminster to Birmingham, only 6 will operate, while only 10 of the first 14 services from Stourbridge Junction to Birmingham will operate.  The services that will not operate on 26 August are the 0637, 0712, 0813 and 0910 departures from Kidderminster (0645, 0722, 0824 and 0920 from Stourbridge Junction).  While the reason for these cancellations has to be accepted, it seems that no contingency plan has been formulated to ensure that service levels on the Stourbridge line are not severely reduced when Chiltern decide to withdraw its services due to issues at the London end of their line.


In addition, there are two other blockades that may affect any Stourbridge line passengers who are travelling further afield.  


From Saturday 2 September to Friday 15 September, Bristol Parkway station and the line that passes through it will be completely closed to enable the station platforms to be lengthened and a additional platform constructed.  CrossCountry Trains will continue to operate through services from Birmingham to the South West but these will be hourly rather than half-hourly and will take an hour extra as trains will be diverted via Gloucester and Newport.  However, the two-hourly GWR service that operates from Great Malvern and Worcester to Bristol, Westbury and beyond will be terminated to run to Yate only.  A replacement bus service will convey passengers from Yate to Filton Abbey Wood to rejoin trains to Bristol Temple Meads and beyond.


Finally, Liverpool Lime Street will be completely closed from Saturday 30 September until Sunday 22 October to enable two additional platforms to be constructed and the lengths of existing problems changed.  The Birmingham New Street to Liverpool Lime Street services, which many Stourbridge line passengers use by changing at Smethwick Galton Bridge, will terminate at Liverpool South Parkway, where a connecting Merseyrail service will take passengers into central Liverpool at either Liverpool Central or Moorfields stations.