Day: 17 August 2021

Time for normal service on trains through Ludlow to be resumed to boost economy and reduce overcrowding

Around the country, train services are returning to normal timetables. Not though on Transport for Wales, where services along the Marches line have been halved. This leading to overcrowded carriages and an increased risk of Covid-19 transmission. Notifications such as the one above at Ludlow rail station a few days ago are no use if overcrowded trains are only running hourly. If you are on your way to an essential meeting or hospital appointment you will have no choice but to get the train even if it is overcrowded. At the end of 2019, there were 26 trains from Ludlow to Shrewsbury. Now, there are just 18 trains a day at intervals of 52 minutes to 69 minutes. There are no longer through trains to North Wales and passengers must change at Shrewsbury. I am concerned that the service along the Borders will remain one train an hour, not the three trains every two hours it once was. In the week that the Rail Operators Group launched “Let’s get back on track” to encourage people to get back on board, Transport for Wales should tell us what its plans are to get its trains out of the sidings and back…

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