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Worestershire's Railway Timetables in 2014

WORCESTERSHIRE 2014 - TRAIN SERVICE SUMMARY

The 2013/14 timetables started on 8th December 2013 and ran until 7th May 2014. THe summer timetable commenced on 8th May 2014 with an end date of 13th December 2014. No significant changes occuredr between the two timeables except for the hiring-in of a South West Trains livery class 159/0 three-car diesel multiple unit on Saturdays to work a service from Warminster to Great Malvern and return to Brighton.

There were major changes in the 2013/14 timetable to the London Midland train service patterns on the line through Stourbridge to Birmingham.

The off-peak (and Saturday) timetable was simplified for the three main service patterns: Birmingham Snow Hill to Stourbridge Junction trains call at all stations. Birmingham Snow Hill to Kidderminster trains no longer call at Langley Green, Old Hill and Lye, but instead at Hagley and Blakedown. Birmingham Snow Hill to Worcester trains no longer call at Langley Green, Old Hill, Lye, Hagley and Blakedown, but instead call at Hartlebury. This provides Hartlebury with an hourly service between Worcester and Birmingham. Some trains to and from Worcester switch between Foregate Street and Shrub Hill.

Birmingham and Gloucester Railway

Services on this route are operated by Cross Country Trains. All trains go via Spetchley and none are routed via Worcester Shrub Hill.

Trains to and from Bristol and the West Country do not stop anywhere in Worcestershire and are operated mostly using four-car class 220 'Voyager' diesel multiple units or five-car class 221 'Voyager' diesel multiple units.

The basic service pattern is half-hourly. Trains to the South-west leave Birmingham New Street at xx:10 and xx:42 and to the North-east leave Cheltenham Spa at xx:12 and xx:40 The trains take about forty minutes to travel between these two stations.

Trains between Cardiff and Nottingham are operated using two-car class 170/1 diesel multiple units, two-car class 170/5 diesel multiple units or three-car class 170/6 diesel multiple units. Two Birmingham bound trains stop at Bromsgrove in the morning (one of which at 07:24 continues to Stanstead Airport and two Cardiff bound trains call there in the afternoon, presumably to cater for commuter traffic to and from Birmingham New Street. Apart from these four trains (Monday to Friday only) the rest do not stop in the county. Trains to Cardiff leave Birmingham New Street at xx:30 and those to Nottingham leave Cheltenham at xx:01. If running on time the trains would pass each other near Spetchley.

In 2013 the following services were normally operated with an HST 125 set with a class 43 diesel power car at each end:

Monday to Saturday unless noted (effective to 9th December 2012):

1V44 06:00 Leeds to Plymouth returning with 1S53 12:23 Plymouth to Glasgow (To/from Paignton on Saturdays)

1V54 06:32 Dundee to Plymouth returning with 1E73 17:23 Plymouth to Leeds (Monday to Friday). Operates to Newquay on Saturdays.

1V46 06:32 York to Plymouth returning with 1S55 13:23 Plymouth to Edinburgh (Monday to Friday)

1V64 13:06 Edinburgh to Plymouth returning with 17:23 Plymouth to Leeds (Fridays only)

1V50 06:06 Edinburgh to Plymouth returning with 1E63 15:23 Plymouth to Leeds (Mondays to Fridays)

It should be noted that some services may be operated by HST's on Sundays but their use is irregular.

Birmingham New Street to Hereford

Services on this route are operated by London Midland Trains using mostly class 170/5 two-car diesel multiple units or class 170/6 three-car diesel multiple units. The basic travel pattern is hourly with services leaving Birmingham New Street at xx:49 and Hereford at xx:40 (there are some minor variations). The time taken for the full journey is just over 90 minutes and four diesel multiple units are required to operate the service. Trains pass each other near Worcester. Two services in each direction stop at Barnt Green. From 10th December 2012 London Midland enhanced the Sunday services to provide more trains including the reintroduction after a gap of over forty years of a morning departure from Hereford to Birmingham New Street.

There is also a 'ghost' London Midland service which leaves Birmingham New Street 23.00 on Fridays only for Worcester Shrub Hill and Gloucester (1V30). The section of line between Worcester Shrub Hill and Gloucester sees no other scheduled London Midland services. The train is not in the printed Cross County Trains Nottingham & Derby to Bristol and Cardiff timetable which shows the last service between Birmingham New Street and Gloucester as departing at 22.12, nor does it appear in London Midland's timetable No.14 (Birmingham New Street/Moor Street to Worcester Shrub Hill and Hereford. However, it is shown in First Great Western's timetable No.22 (Bristol to Worcester and Great Malvern) and in Table 57 on the Network Rail web site. The train returns to Worcester as empty stock.

London Paddington to Worcester and Hereford (former Oxford Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway and Worcester & Hereford Railway)

Services on this route are operated by First Great Western using either class 43 'HST 125' diesel multiple units, two-car class 165/1 diesel multiple units, three-car class 166 diesel multiple units. or class 180 five-car 'Adelante' diesel multiple units. There are sixteen Monday-Friday trains from London Paddington with another starting from Didcot. Trains terminate at Worcester, Malvern or Hereford to no particular pattern. Services operate to totally different times on Saturdays with most trains go to Great Malvern or Hereford) and Sundays. From 8th December 2013 this timetable as renamed 'East 4'"

Monday to Friday from 8th December 2013:

'HST's' are scheduled to operate the following services from London Paddington:
to Hereford at: 08:22 (1W00); 10:22 (1W02); 17:22 (1W07); 18:22 'Cathedrals Express' (1W08) and 19:22 (1W09).
to Worcester Shrub Hill at 17:49, (1W59); 19:48 (via Cheltenham Spa) (1G88) and 21:48 (not HST on Fridays)(1W81)*.
to Great Malvern at 20:20 (1W75)*.

* Empty stock is stabled overnight at Worcester.

A similar situation occurs in the 'up' direction, except that the 15:32 (2Y84) departure from Great Malvern goes only as far Didcot Parkway.

The HST services to London operate at the following times:
from Hereford at 04:50 (1P13); 05:28 (1P21); 06:42 'Cathedrals Express' (1P26); 13:14 (1P56); 15:14 (1P65) and 21:51 (1P90).
from Worcester Shrub Hill at 05:11 (1P07); 05:21 (via Cheltenham and calls at Ashchurch) (1L10) and 07:08 (via Cheltenham spa)(07:09 until 18th May)(1L28).
from Worcester Foregate Street at (1P87).

Saturdays:

The HST services from London operate at the following times:

to Great Malvern at 05:21 (1W10).

to Hereford at 08:21 (1W00); 10:21 (1W02); 16:21 (1W06) and 18:21 (1W08).

to Worcester Foregate Street at 17:21 (1W07).

The HST services to London operate at the following times:

from Hereford at 06:17 (1P26); 07:10 (1P31); 12:13 (1P51); 15:13 (1P65) and 20:20 (1P87).

from Worcester Shrub Hill at 08:36 (via Cheltenham Spa)(1L40).

from Worcester Foregate Street at 20:02 (1P83).

from Great Malvern at 08:43 (1P37).

Sundays:

The HST services from London operate at the following times:

to Hereford at 09:33 (1W01); 12:42 (1W03) and 17:42)(1W08)

to Worcester Shrub Hill at 13.42

to Great Malvern at 19.42 (1W73).

The HST services to London operate at the following times:

from Hereford at 13:33 (1P57) and 16:34 (1P73).

from Worcester Shrub Hill at 16.28 (1P69).

Great Malvern to the South Coast

First Great Western operate seven trains (one every two hours) from various destinations to Great Malvern. Because these are slow trains, and it is often possible to catch later trains and change to these train en-route, the printed timetable (Central 5) does not show the full service. When the timetable altered on 8th December 2013 there were no significant changes affecting Worcestershire. The Monday to Saturday services are:

06:00 Gloucester to Worcester Shrub Hill (2G79) (05:50 on Saturdays) and 06:49 Worcester Shrub Hill to Weymouth (2O70). (06:47 on Saturdays)

07:14 Gloucester to Great Malvern (2G80) (07:15 on Saturdays) and 08:50 Great Malvern to Westbury (2F97). (To/from Worcester Foregate Street on Saturdays.)

07:23 Warminster to Great Malvern (2E17) and 10:50 (10:46 on Saturdays) Great Malvern to Brighton (1O98 M-F; 1099 SO). From May 2014 the Saturday service was operated by a hired-in class 159/0 three-car diesel multiple unit.

08:23 Southampton Central to Great Malvern (2M97) and 12:50 Great Malvern to Weymouth (2O90). (To/from Worcester Foregate Street on Saturdays).

09:00 Brighton to Great Malvern (1V94) and 14:50 Great Malvern to Weymouth (2O94).

12:27 Southampton Central to Great Malvern (2M98) and 16:48 Great Malvern to Westbury (2F99).

15:28 Warminster to Great Malvern (2E25) and 18:50 Great Malvern to Bristol Temple Meads (2T97).

17:28 Warminster to Great Malvern (2E27) and 21:15 Great Malvern to Bristol Temple Meads (2T99)(terminates at Gloucester on Saturdays).

20:41 Bristol Temple Meads to Worcester Shrub Hill (2E29) (20:43 on Saturdays) and 22:28 Worcester Shrub Hill to Gloucester (2G99) (not Saturdays).

The Sunday service consists of four trains from Bristol Temple Meads to Worcester Shrub Hill at 12.11, 1438, 16.38 and 18.41(2E38, 2E42, 2E44 and 2E46). These trains return at 14.35 (to Weston-super-Ware). 16:40, 18:40 and 20:38 (2T39, 2T43, 2T45 and 2T47 respectively).

Most services are operated by three-car hybrid class 158 diesel multiple units, but class 150/1, 150/2, 150/9 three-car hybrid units Class 153 railcars are also used to make up three-car trains.

If the northbound service meets with major delays it is terminated short at Worcester Shrub Hill or Gloucester in order not to delay the return service.

Services from Birmingham Snow Hill to Stourbridge, Worcester and Great Malvern

Trains on this route are operated by London Midland Trains using two-car or three-car class 172 diesel multiple units (class 150 diesel multiple units until the autumn of 2011). Anintensive service of commuter trains operates to Stourbridge Junction with many trains continuing to Kidderminster, Worcester Shrub Hill or Great Malvern. Trains formations often run as two units coupled together to make four or five car trains. Some trains also include a single car class 153 railcar in their consist, but this is rare following the transfer of many of the class to other operators. Many services run to or from Dorridge and other locations on the lines to Leamington and Stratford on Avon.

Kidderminster to London Marylebone

From Monday to Friday Chiltern Railways operates four services each weekday from Kidderminster to London Marylebone via Birmingham Snow Hill and Leamington Spa. These depart from Kidderminster at 06:09, 07:05, 07:30 and 08:09 (1H19, 1H26, 1H29 and 1H33). The fastest of these services (06:09), despite numerous stops in the West Midlands reaches London in just two hours and twenty minutes. One other service starts at Stourbridge Junction at 06:38 (1H21). On Saturdays there are three trains from Kidderminster at 07:12 (1H26), 08:13 (1H33) and 09:10 (1H389).

The return services (Monday to Friday) run from Marylebone to Kidderminster 17:15, 18:15, 18.47 and 20:15 (1K57, 1K62, 1K65 and 1K72) and at 21:15 (1J776) to Stourbridge Junction. On Saturdays and Sundays there are no services from Marylebone to Kidderminster or Stourbridge.

The empty stock from these trains is serviced at Stourbridge Junction Depot.

There are no Sunday services.

STOURBRIDGE TOWN BRANCH

Frequent services on the branch from Stourbridge Junction are operated by London Midland Trains using one of two class 139 single-car diesel railcars (the other can be found in the shed at Stourbridge Junction).

LICHFIELD TO REDDITCH

Six trains per hour run on this route with two per hour being extended to Redditch. All services are operated by London Midland Trains using three-car class 323 electric multiple units.

FREIGHT TRAINS

Updated 9/2/2014. Since the last update there has been an increase in the operation of many of the irregular services shown in this list.

A full list of freight services can be found in the Freightmaster Quarterly publication. Most of the only regular freight trains are on the former Birmingham & Gloucester Railway with a few going through Worcester Shrub Hill to Round Oak, Brierley Hill or Handsworth. Most trains are conditional and the ones listed here are some of the daytime services that can usually be relied upon to operate from Mondays to Fridays:

6M81 04:45 Margam to Round Oak loaded covered vans. Operated by a DB Schenker class 66 diesel locomotive. This train passes Worcester at about 09:30. The locomotive from this train returns to Margam with the train code No.6V07 (see below).

6M96 05:50 Margam to Corby loaded steel coil wagons. Operated by DB Schenker using a class 66 diesel locomotive. This conditional train arrives at Bromsgrove around 10:00 if running. This train is banked up the Lickey Incline.

6B36 07:32 Didcot to Ashchurch MoD stores train. This train not longer operates.

4V38 08:25 Daventry to Wentloog Tesco containers train. The service which started operating on 28th February 2012 can usually be relied upon to run to time. It normally passes Abbotswood Junction at about 10:35am and runs every day except Saturday. Operated by a DRS livery class 66 diesel locomotive. The return working (4V36) passes Abbotswood about 21.00 but on Sundays goes via Worcester at about 19.00 having left Wentloog at 16,57.

6V05 10:01 Round Oak to Margam empty covered vans. Operated by a DB Schenker class 66 diesel locomotive. This train passes Worcester at about 11.15 if running. This is about 45 minutes later than previously.

4V06 08:52 Rugeley to Stoke Gifford empty coal wagons. Operated by Freightliner. This train runs frequently and if on time passes Abbotswood at about 11:45. This train can easily be confused with train code No.4V47 (below).

6E41 11:41 Westerleigh to Lindsey empty oil tankers. Operated by DB Schenker using class 60 diesel locomotives. The train passes Bromsgrove about 13:50 if running on its scheduled path. The balancing working 6V98 loaded tanks goes through Worcestershire during the night. 6E41 operates often but irregularly. The train passes Abbotswood Junction at about 12:40pm.

4E66 08:55 Margam to Redcar empty coal wagons. This train is irregular.

6V67 03:53 Redcar to Margam loaded coal wagons (wagons loaded with coke). This train no longer operates.

4V47 11.15 Rugeley to Stoke Gifford empty coal wagons. Operated by Freightliner. This train runs frequently and if on time passes Bromsgrove at about 14:00.

6V92 10:23 Corby to Margam empty steel wagons. Operated by a DB Schenker class 66 diesel locomotive. This train passes Bromsgrove just after 14:00 if running on time.

6M41 11.55 Margam to Round Oak covered vans. Operated by a DB Schenker class 66 diesel locomotive. This train passes Worcester at about 16:50 running on time. An irregular working.

6Z97 13.42 Beeston to Cardiff Tidal loaded scrap wagons. Operated by a DRS class 66 diesel locomotive. This conditional train is scheduled to run on Mondays and Wednesdays) and passes Bromsgrove at about 16:30 if running on time. Infrequent.

6Z30 15:10 Handsworth to Cardiff Tidal loaded scrap boxes. Infrequent.

4V57 15:24 Rugeley to Stoke Gifford empty coal wagons. Operated by Freightliner. This train runs infrequently but if on time passes Bromsgrove at about 18:20.

4V30 (Mondays excepted, conditional) 08.07 Ratcliffe to Portbury empty coal hoppers. Operated by Colas. A Colas locomotive works a Saturdays Only 15.16 from Redcar to Worcester yard loaded coal train. The train stables in Worcester yard before forming the 12.15 Worcester to Port Talbot the following day.

4V94 10.35 Ironbridge to Portbury empty biomass hoppers. This train passes Abbotswood at about 13.30 but is infrequent.

6V07 14:54 (previously 17.04) Round Oak to Margam loaded covered wagons. Operated by an EWS class 66 diesel locomotive. This train passes Worcester at about 16:00 if running on time.

6O42 11:31 Halewood to Southampton car carrying train. This Fridays only conditional train which is rarely seen passes Abbotswood Junction at about 16:45 if running. Operated by a DRS class 66 diesel locomotive.

Other trains seen from time to time include nuclear flask trains from Berkeley, Plymouth (very infrequent) and Bridgwater (operated by DRS), loaded steels coil, from Margam to Hartlepool or Corby (operated by EWS), cement empties from Westbury to Earles and the New Measurement Train. EWS operates occasional loaded coal trains from Portbury to Ferrybridge Power Station.

On Sundays, train code No.4V38 Daventry to Wentloog passes Abbotswood Junction at about 11am. Loaded steel trains often runs in the evening from Margam to Hartlepool and Scunthorpe.

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