The Anonymous Widower

Everybody Could Do Better For Rail In South Staffordshire

There were two unrelated events which show the poor state of rail services in South Staffordshire.

This article on Tamworth Informed is entitled Lichfield MP Asks The Prime Minister To Create A rail Passenger Service Direct From Lichfield To Burton And Beyond.

I heard the exchange during Prime Minister’s Questions and Michael Fabricant was passionate about creating the rail service on the freight-only line to give passenger train access to the National Memorial Arboretum and Alrewas.

Quite frankly, it is a disgrace, that the National Memorial Arboretum, has been designed for most visitors to come by car.

This Google Map shows the site of the National Memorial Arboretum.

Note the two rail lines running past the site.

  • The freight-only line between Lichfield and Burton runs West-East to the North of the site.
  • The line between Burton and Tamworth runs North-South to the East of the site.

Alrewas is to the North-West of the site.

The second incident happened later in the day.

Burton were playing Manchester City in the League Cup, so the Police thought it would be a good idea to shut the M6. Nothing moved for hours and many Burton supporters missed the match.

The incident was caused by illegal immigrants stuffed into the back of a truck, but surely the Police reaction to shut the motorway for so long was over the top?

I have been to Burton by train a couple of times and it is one of those places, you wouldn’t go to by train, unless it was absolutely essential.

If you look at the train services from the town, you can go to faraway places like Glasgow and Plymouth, but services to practical local places like Lichfield, Stock and Derby are rare. There used to be a service to London, but that was discontinued in 2008.

A regular service between Burton and Lichfield, running at a frequency of two trains per hour (tph) could connect at Lichfield to the following services.

  • Hourly services on the West Coast Main Line
  • Half-hourly services across Birmingham on the Cross-City Line.

If a decent service via Lichfield had existed, how many fans would have used the trains to get to Manchester?

Not many probably, as there would not have been a late train home, as is particularly common in The Midlands. Try getting back to London from Derby, Nottingham or Sheffield, after 21:30 for example!

Conclusion

Rail services in South Staffordshire could be greatly improved.

January 13, 2019 - Posted by | Transport | ,

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