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PeterB
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901 of 989  Fri 24th Nov 2017 12:12am  
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The draft post HS2 timetable has a half-hourly Birmingham-Coventry-Leamington (electric?) service and the Manchester-Reading Cross Country service that currently runs (non-stop) via Solihull diverted to run via Coventry and Birmingham International. There is also a desire to increase the number of freight trains. This is not currently possible with the single line sections either side of Kenilworth Loop. Even the Coventry-Leamington shuttle to be introduced in December (ish) could impact on timekeeping. Doubling the whole line gives the most capacity, but loses the ability for passenger trains to overtake slower freight trains at Kenilworth Loop. The loops at Leamington station are too short for most freight trains. The £2 million is only for a study to look at the options and see which one gives the "best value". This may not accommodate all the desired dervices. Peter.
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PeterB
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902 of 989  Fri 24th Nov 2017 11:14pm  
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Kenilworth News: Opening of Kenilworth Station with full service ‘severely in doubt’ The Track Access Agreement (London & Birmingham Railway) has not been approved yet. Monday 19th February is suggested as a possible start date. Originally planned for a class 153 (like the Coventry-Nuneaton service) it is now planned to use a 2/3 car class 172 unit (either London Overground or Snow Hill lines). Peter.
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Slim
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903 of 989  Thu 30th Nov 2017 9:25am  
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Amazing. I've heard all sorts of reason/excuses about why the project is taking so long, work was abandoned for 12 months etc., and now they're trying to say that the different railway companies cannot agree on track access or timetabling; and so late in the day. This would never have happened when the railways were nationalised. The government is now talking of investing billions in a "reverse-Beeching" operation, to restore some of the lines and stations that were axed under Beeching in the sixties, in a typical balance-sheet-mentality short-term exercise that one would expect from MPs bless their cotton socks. Rail travel is now at an all time high. The network is strained. We went to Brum and back last Saturday and had to stand on both journeys. The London Midland train was like the Central line during rush hour. Roll eyes
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PeterB
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904 of 989  Sat 2nd Dec 2017 10:40pm  
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The Office of Rail and Road has published the 2016-17 station usage estimates (2015-16 figures in brackets) Bedworth 85,310 (83,086) Bermuda Park 20,106 (2,384)* Berkswell 317,164 (294,946) Birmingham New Street 42,366,776 (39,077,018) Birmingham International 6,468,034 (5,772,848) Canley 378,844 (327,550) Coventry 7,377,584 (6,921,432) Coventry Arena 86,706 (11,964)* Hampton-in-Arden 160,636 (144,692) Leamington Spa 2,553,868 (2,433,782) London Euston 44,059,402 (41,677,870) Nuneaton 1,286,020 (1,236,492) Rugby 2,447,026 (2,281,588) Tile Hill 664,282 (629,248) Wolverhampton 4,920,356 (4,746,338) *Station not open for full year All stations show an increase in usage. Coventry saw a 5% increase in passengers, continuing the trend for a number of years, and remains the second busiest station in the West Midlands. Canley had the largest increase at 15%, but I can't think of any reason to explain this. Coventry Arena is now busier than Bedworth and so should probably be considered a succcess. Bermuda Park seems to be doing quite well given its location. Birmingham New Street (+8%) remains the busiest station outside London and the 6th business nationally. Peter.
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PeterB
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905 of 989  Mon 4th Dec 2017 7:28pm  
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Kenilworth News: Kenilworth Station's opening delayed until February next year The delay to the opening of Kenilworth Station has finally been confirmed. The press release has much that could be questioned in it. I would be amazed if the station was "complete" given the state it was in 4 weeks ago, but I haven't been to look recently. Peter.
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Slim
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906 of 989  Tue 5th Dec 2017 8:57am  
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Here we go again. More blame, excuses and passing the buck from councillors and government. Haven't they heard of planning ahead? It's not as if they haven't had bags of time to get it sorted. Par for the course. There were still workmen working people on site at 2000 hrs last night.
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Midland Red
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907 of 989  Tue 5th Dec 2017 9:22am  
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As I understood, it was not just about the building work, but also timetabling problems, solving pathing issues for the local services in between the Cross Country trains and freight
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PeterB
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908 of 989  Tue 5th Dec 2017 3:37pm  
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Kenilworth News: Kenilworth Station's opening delay 'not our fault', Department for Transport claims I think you're right Midland Red. There is still a lot that needs to be agreed/signed off before the service can start. If anything February is looking optimistic. The Class 172s from London Overground which would cut the Coventry-Leamington journey time by 3 minutes over a class 153 won't be available until Spring 2018. Peter.
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PeterB
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909 of 989  Wed 6th Dec 2017 1:17am  
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Empty trains are due to run between Coventry & Leamington today (6th Dec) and tomorrow (7th Dec) mornings (times). There are two return workings booked for next Monday (11th) and Wednesday (13th) lunchtime which are booked to stop at Kenilworth, also non-passenger. They are booked for class 15x, probably a single car class 153. Peter.
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Midland Red
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910 of 989  Fri 8th Dec 2017 6:42pm  
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Canley Gates Thumbs up and hoardings advertising fags and booze! Oh my
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PeterB
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911 of 989  Sun 10th Dec 2017 10:42pm  
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West Midlands Trains took over the running of the local rail franchise from London Midland at 02:00 today. The franchise operates in two parts: London North Western Railway which operates the long distance Birmingham-London Euston, Birmingham-Crewe/Liverpool and London Euston-Nuneaton-Crewe services. West Midland Railway who operate local services around Birmingham including Coventry-Nuneaton & (starting in 2018) Coventry-Leamington. Network Map
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PhilipInCoventry
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912 of 989  Wed 20th Dec 2017 9:38am  
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Morning all Wave Tile Hill Station relief. The number of passengers who use Tile Hill station, I am surprised that a commercial vendor hasn't set up shop anyway. Maybe too much red-tape.
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Slim
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913 of 989  Thu 21st Dec 2017 9:48am  
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I use THL often. Canley would be easier, but there are far fewer parking spaces, and only alternate trains stop there, unlike THL, where all the London Midland (or whatever it's now called) trains stop. But in the week, the car park is chock-a-block during working hours. There's a mobile café van selling coffee etc., first thing for the commuters, during the weekdays (not sure about weekends). Sadly, THL is quite often used by suicidists. A few years ago, during the day at COV station, the ticket office attendant suddenly put up a sign saying "all trains to New St cancelled"; no reason given. It turned out that someone from my workplace had cycled to THL and jumped in front of the Inter City. The rail network was closed for several hours.
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PeterB
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914 of 989  Sat 6th Jan 2018 3:39pm  
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This letter has appeared on the ORR Website (although dated 17th November it has only been added recently). The letter removes the Sunday service from the track access application to run the Coventry-Kenilworth-Leamington service; so Kenilworth station will open with only a Monday-Saturday service. Because Cross Country run additional trains via Coventry on a Sunday it was not possible to accommodate the Kenilworth service with class 153 timings. There was also concern over reduced maintenance time for the class 153's. It is planned to introduce the Sunday service when the Class 172 units become available in 2018, but this will now require a new track access application. Peter..
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Midland Red
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915 of 989  Thu 22nd Feb 2018 9:12am  
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Kenilworth Station opening delayed again - report
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