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WMT timetable changes welcomed by Cannock Chase MP Amanda Milling

By Richard Guttridge | Cannock Chase | Transport | Published:

Timetable changes by an under-fire train operator have been welcomed by an MP.

Amanda Milling

Amanda Milling, Conservative MP for Cannock Chase, said she hoped changes announced by West Midlands Trains (WMT) would improve reliability on the Chase Line.

From March 16, one weekday departure per hour from Rugeley Trent Valley, which previously travelled to London, will now terminate in the West Midlands, either at Birmingham International or Coventry.

Further changes have been announced for services travelling through the Black Country.

WMT has been dogged by reliability problems over the last year which led to West Midlands Mayor Andy Street threatening to ask the Government to strip the company of the franchise.

Ms Milling, who was recently appointed as the Tory Party chair, said: “There have been many issues reported to me by passengers that do still include delayed and cancelled trains, as well as staff shortages, anti-social behaviour and fare-dodging on the Chase Line.

"I raised all these issues in my meeting with West Midlands Trains this week and I impressed on them the need to address these issues.

“The good news is that further timetable changes will come into effect from Monday, March 16, which should further improve reliability on the Chase Line. I urge passengers to keep me updated on their experiences travelling on the line, as I will continue to hold West Midlands Trains to account for any failings in the service.”

Richard Guttridge

By Richard Guttridge
Investigations Editor - @RichG_star

Investigations Editor for the Express & Star.

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