Alsager to keep direct London rail link

Station Oct 2017 low resThe new operator for the West Midlands rail network has confirmed that the direct train service to London will continue to call at Alsager, Kidsgrove, and Stone stations.

There were concerns that the new operators, West Midland Trains, would change the route when they take over in December meaning passengers would have to change at Stafford to get to London but they have now confirmed that they are keeping the route.

A West Midlands Rail spokesman said: “The new franchisee will continue to run direct services to London from Stone, Kidsgrove, Alsager and Stoke. The only difference from December 2018 is that those services will go to Euston via Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Birmingham Airport and Coventry rather than via Tamworth and Lichfield. The change of route follows a major public consultation in 2015 when the majority of passengers said they wanted more trains from Stone, Kidsgrove, Alsager and Stoke to Birmingham. Not only will there be no loss under the new franchise, passengers also continue to have two Virgin services an hour from Stoke to London.”

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