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Further cuts to West Midlands Trains services as an 'increased numbers of rail workers enter self-isolation'

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West Midlands Trains have announced further cuts to their services due to the coronavirus outbreak.

A new, reduced service timetable will be released tomorrow (3 April) and come into effect from Monday (6 April).

The changes will include:

  • All journeys between Birmingham New Street and London Euston will now involve a change at Northampton.
  • Worcester to Hereford route will no longer receive a West Midlands Railway service.
  • No WMT trains will call at Bearley and Claverdon.

West Midlands trains say the timetable has been designed to keep as many services running as possible if part of the network has to close due to the increased impact of COVID-19.

With increased numbers of rail workers entering self-isolation due to coronavirus and a big drop in passenger numbers, now is the right time to make further changes to our service.

As the government has made clear, people should only use the train for essential journeys.

“I would like to pay special tribute to our front-line staff, including drivers, conductors, dispatchers, station teams, engineers, cleaners and those in our control centres. Their hard work and dedication to keeping the trains running are helping key workers save lives.”

– Julian Edwards, Managing Director of West Midlands Railway