• September 2019

    The X20 bus service from Stratford-upon-Avon no longer runs to Birmingham. It now operates from Stratford-upon-Avon to Coventry via Solihull station and town centre, Hampton-in-Arden station and Meriden (Mondays-Saturdays). On Sundays, the X50 service continues to operate between Birmingham and Chipping Norton. Please click on the link below to see full timetables.


    The next open days at Tyseley, the home of Vintage Trains, will be held on 28 and 29 September 2019. Please click on the link below for more details:


    With effect from 2 September 2019 there will be a major change to the Johnsons no. 20 Monday-Saturday bus service from Stratford-upon-Avon to Shirley. The new route will serve Solihull, Hampton-in-Arden, Meriden and Coventry. Please click on the link below to see the new timetable.


    The latest edition of ‘West Midlands Trains Business Update – August 2019’ is now available online.

    This issue includes an article on the new Heart of England Community Rail Partnership, of which SLPG was an initiator. Other items include:

    Managing the biggest timetable changes in over a decade

    Major investment in cycling schemes

    Wolverhampton Interchange project moves forward

    Staff uniforms win top award

    This newsletter is available at https://www.mynewsdesk.com/uk/westmidlandstrains/documents/west-midlands-trains-business-update-august-2019-89464

    2 billion Midlands Rail Hub plans “the most ambitious for a generation”

    Midlands Connect has announced plans for a £2billion upgrade of the Midlands rail network – its biggest transformation in a century - The Midlands Rail Hub. Some of the proposals could have a beneficial effect on services between Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon, as they include:

    ·   Up to £2 billion of new and improved infrastructure, to be completed between 2024-2033;

    ·    Upgrades make space for 24 new passenger trains an hour across the network, 85,000 seats a day in and out of Birmingham, and an estimated six million more journeys each year;

    ·     47 partner organisations back the plans, including the West Midlands Combined Authority, Transport for West  Midlands, West Midlands Rail Executive, local authorities, LEPs, chambers of commerce, HS2 and Network Rail;

    ·         Enhanced frequencies on the Snow Hill Lines

    ·         Delivering more than £47m of new GVA p.a. by 2032.

    ·         Additional Birmingham Moor St / Snow Hill station platforms

    ·         “Bordesley Chords” rail connections east of Moor St Station

    SLPG Requests Economic Impact Study into railway reopening before Relief Road Plans are approved. Click on the link directly below to read our full letter to Stratford on Avon District Council.




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