Residents of the Worcestershire village of Hartlebury are set to benefit from an ever better rail service, as London Midland has added more scheduled stops into the May 2014 timetable.
Amendments to the December 2013 timetable saw a new hourly service installed, which offered the local community a crucial daytime connection to the cities of Birmingham and Worcester – the best service for almost 50 years.
London Midland’s head of route for Snow Hill services, Terry Oliver, has worked closely with representatives from the Stourbridge Line User Group to make further amendments to the timetable, adding in additional stops at Hartlebury in the evenings and at weekends.
From 18 May 2014, the following Monday – Friday services will now call at Hartlebury:
19.46 Foregate St-Dorridge (Hartlebury 20.02);
18.59 Dorridge-Foregate St (Hartlebury 20.14);
20.51 Foregate St-Dorridge (Hartlebury 21.07);
20.29 Dorridge-Foregate St (Hartlebury 21.41);
22.17 Foregate St-Whitlocks (Hartlebury 22.42)
21.31 Dorridge-Foregate St (Hartlebury 22.43).
And on Saturdays:
19.12 Hereford-Dorridge (Hartlebury 20.08),
20.52 Shrub Hill-Dorridge (Hartlebury 21.07),
19.00 Dorridge-Shrub Hill (Hartlebury 20.14),
21.29 Dorridge-Gt Malvern (Hartlebury 22.41).
Terry Oliver added, “We are committed to improving the journey experience for all our passengers and I’m really pleased with what we have achieved in such a short space of time.
“It’s great to see the local community has been reconnected to the rail network and I’m sure these
additional services will be welcomed”.
Stourbridge Line User Group chairman, Rob Hebron said, "The Group is pleased that London Midland sees the potential of Hartlebury. The enhanced service will make it attractive to local residents and customers travelling to and from Stourport. Longer journeys are now possible because of the later return trains".
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In 2013 London Midland was awarded the Investors in People (IiP) Silver Award and been awarded the 5 Star award by the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) in 2012.