New rail timetable to benefit passengers in Birmingham

Passengers in Birmingham will benefit from a more reliable rail service when the new West Midlands Railway timetable comes into effect later this month.

The new timetable comes into operation on Sunday 15 December, bringing with it a number of changes aimed at improving the reliability of services across the region.

Among the changes benefiting passengers in Birmingham are:

  • An hourly shuttle between Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International
  • Additional late night services  on the Cross City Line as well as some additional carriages
  • Improved reliability on the Chase Line with more services contained in the West Midlands
  • Sunday morning trains to and from Rugeley restored after a three-year gap for engineering work

Richard Brooks, head of customer experience for West Midlands Railway, said: “The new timetable we introduced in May brought in new journey opportunities and allowed us to carry more passengers but it also introduced complexity which has impacted on reliability.

“The changes we are making this month will simplify the timetable with more services starting and finishing within the West Midlands.

“Allied with the additional carriages coming into service across our network, passengers across the West Midlands should start to enjoy a more reliable service, with more improvements to follow next year.”

Passengers are advised to check their journeys by visiting