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Extra trains to run during Rugby World Cup matches

Fans going to Rugby World Cup matches will benefit from extra trains to help them get there, it has been announced.

London Midland will lay on extra trains Credit: PA

London Midland will be running extra services for matches at Wembley, Milton Keynes and Villa Park in September and October.

The train company is advising rail travellers that services will be busy on match day, adding that passengers should allow extra time to make their journeys.

Fans travelling to the games at Villa Park on 26 and 27 September are also being warned that Birmingham will be particularly busy as this will be the first weekend when the new Grand Central shopping centre will be open above New Street station.

Fans are advised to use the following stations for specific matches:

  • Fans travelling to Villa Park are advised to use Aston station. Additional services will run before and after the games.
  • For matches at StadiumMK there will be additional services to and from Milton Keynes Central and some trains will have extra carriages.
  • For matches at Wembley Stadium, additional stops will be put in to London Midland’s services at Wembley Central.

London Midland apology for overcrowding

Train operator London Midland has apologised for overcrowding on one of its services to Kidderminster this evening. The issue was reportedly caused by a fault on part of the train.


London Midland cancellations between Longbridge and Redditch

Delays on London Midland trains Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images

There is no service on London Midland trains between Redditch and Longbridge due to a signalling problem at Barnt Green.

Replacement bus services are being organised.

Train Delays: New Street to London Euston line

Ongoing cancellations & delays in London Midland and Virgin train services between Kings Langley and Watford Junction, due to an earlier train hitting masonry in a tunnel.

Passengers who experience delays of more than half an hour or more are eligible for a refund.


Union declares 'all-out fight' on London Midland cuts

Rail union leaders today announced an "all-out fight" against what they labelled "savage and disgraceful" cuts by train operator London Midland.

The RMT union said it would consider industrial action over plans to axe 150 posts, which it says would hit both gate and ticket staff.

A London Midland train travels through West Bromwich Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

Union acting general secretary Mick Cash said the proposals were a "kick in the teeth" for staff, and said the plans had "generated a wave of anger across all grades".

He added:

RMT will now look at an all-out campaign, up to and including the use of industrial action, to stop these cuts, lift the gun from our members’ heads and get proper and meaningful negotiations back on track.

More than 100 job cuts at London Midland trains

One hundred and fifty jobs are being cut at train operator London Midland.

The job cuts will be management positions at head office in Birmingham Credit: PA

The firm announced today that the management positions will be lost, mainly from its head office in Birmingham as part of a restructure.

Bosses say passengers will not be affected by the changes. Rising costs are being blamed.

TRAINS: Delays on London Midlands services at Birmingham

London Midland train Credit: Johnny Green/PA Wire

Passengers on London Midland services from Birmingham New Street are experiencing long delays tonight because of signalling problems.

A spokesman for London Midland said: "All services into and out of Birmingham New Street are subject to a delay. We are running a half-hourly service on the cross-city line as a result of the congestion."

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