Transport for Wales has taken over the rail line through Ludlow, with international rail company KeolisAmey providing the service. There are promises of major investment in trains and stations, cheaper fares and better services. It could not come a moment too soon. Punctuality has been falling, trains are often overcrowded and the older rolling stock is getting unreliable. Unfortunately, last week was a pretty shaky start for KeolisAmey.
In what must be one of the most bizarre actions by an office bound railway official, Network Rail has written to residents in Steventon on the outskirts of Ludlow telling them that it needs to undertake work on parish’s railway bridge.
So far, so good. But Ludford residents became suspicious when they read references to the High Street. A High Street in Steventon, a hamlet on the outskirts of Ludlow? Hardly.
Update 17 June 2018
I asked KeolisAmey for some details of the trains to run through Ludlow. Here is the response:
1) What model of trains will you be running on the line from Cardiff through Ludlow to Shrewsbury and further north? How will these be powered?
2) What is the planned date for the introduction of this model of train?
These new trains will be introduced between July 2021 and May 2022, replacing existing trains and providing additional services such as direct services to Liverpool. Continue reading “New company to run trains through Ludlow and Wales from October on £5bn contract (updated)”
Updated: 17:50pm Sunday. This post will not now be updated as the disruption appears to be over.
In the last few minutes the company has said: “A normal service will operate between Cardiff and Shrewsbury/Manchester.”
Check before you travel. You can check the latest information at https://www.journeycheck.com/arrivatrainswales/. For real time information on arrivals and departures from Ludlow, and cancellations, the best site is live departure boards.
Updated at 14.30pm. I’ll be back in the morning with an update on the trains.
We had a couple of inches of extra snow in Ludlow overnight. Many side roads are still snowed up.
Main roads are looking good for careful drivers. Many side roads need to wait for the thaw which has begun.
Below are the updates on buses, trains and services in Ludlow.