Hereford & Worcester

End of Kidderminster to Birmingham peak rail service criticised

Train passengers
Image caption The Campaign for Better Transport claims other trains are already overcrowded

The ending of a peak time train service in Worcestershire has been condemned by a transport pressure group.

The 06:30 Chiltern Rail service from Kidderminster to Birmingham will be withdrawn from 5 September.

The West Midlands Campaign for Better Transport said other trains on the line were already nearing maximum capacity.

But Chiltern Railways said there was spare capacity on a London Midland service leaving at 06:36 BST to take passengers from the withdrawn service.

A spokesman said: "We have worked closely with London Midland to identify how we can ensure Kidderminster is well served by train services and together we will be monitoring capacity and taking decisions accordingly."

Kevin Chapman, from the West Midlands Campaign for Better Transport, said: "This is a totally unacceptable move and it makes a mockery of the commitment expressed by the government to get more people to use the train.

"Undoubtedly some passengers will find using the train too much of a strain and conclude using their car is more reliable and comfortable than the 'sardine special'."

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