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New Evening Train Services Will Boost Coventry’s Economy, Says Mayor, Andy Street
West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, says improved rail services in Coventry will help get the city on the move – and boost the local economy.
“Coventry is a growing and successful city and improvements to its rail service are a critical part of that success – that’s why we have agreed to substantial funding for the redevelopment of the main railway station,” said Mr Street, who heads up the West Midlands Combined Authority.
“It’s great to see the diggers on site there, and to see the work happening now, ready for the City of Culture in 2021.
“It’s also good that there are real benefits for Coventrians from the timetable upgrade from West Midlands Trains this May,” he added.
The new timetable was agreed by the transport minister Chris Grayling as part of the franchise for West Midlands Trains. The changes were intended to be introduced last December but Mr Grayling delayed the timetable switches after problems with the roll-out of new timetables across the country last May.
Mr Street said the changes would improve the capacity and frequency of some trains, while also creating a new ‘cross-city’ link from Leamington through Coventry to Nuneaton.
“For a start, the morning service that runs between Coventry and Birmingham will see an improvement in capacity during the peak hour, with trains doubling from four carriages to eight,” he said.
“There have been concerns about overcrowding on these morning trains, particularly from Tile Hill and Canley into Birmingham, so people will really notice the difference. I’m pleased that having lobbied the train company over this, they have agreed and the improvement will come.
“There will also be improvements in services – there will be additional Sunday trains and late night services, and for the first time the recently-introduced Coventry to Leamington service will become a ‘through service’ – linking to the Nuneaton line – making it much easier for people to commute right across Coventry and Warwickshire.
The changes will see weekday trains leaving Coventry for Birmingham at 7.30am and 7.49am doubled to eight carriages.
Late weekday services from Birmingham to Coventry will leave at 11.14pm, 11.34pm, 11.54pm with two further services after midnight – at 12.17am and 12.40am.
Sundays will see additional fast services between Coventry and New Street. On weekdays and Saturdays, the Leamington to Coventry and Coventry to Nuneaton services will be linked, to provide a new cross-city service. Services on the line will also use two carriages, doubling capacity.
“These are changes designed to get Coventry moving, to support the local economy which is surging at the moment.”
The new timetable will operate from 19th May. There will be changes to the time and formation of some services, so passengers are advised to check their train times and to plan ahead for the changes.