Volunteers vow to fight for early Gobowen-Birmingham service after diversion plans revealed

Members of the Shrewsbury-Chester Rail Users’ Association (SCRUA) are campaigning to save the 8.09am Gobowen service to Birmingham International, which serves the city, airport and NEC, as well as Telford and Wolverhampton.

The proposal, made by Transport for Wales, is one of several changes planned for the operator’s timetable in December.

Under the plan, the Gobowen service will be brought forward by 15 minutes and run to Cardiff via Shrewsbury. Passengers traveling to stations en route to Birmingham should change at Shrewsbury.

SCRUA volunteers say they canvassed views and spoke to more than 40 passengers traveling on the morning train from Gobowen and say there was “dismay” at the proposed changes.

Steve Boulding, chairman of SCRUA, said: “This is not the first time we have had to campaign to protect services in England run by Transport for Wales.

“9/8 is a popular service for those traveling to Birmingham stations, not to mention the main stations in between.

“Indeed none of the passengers we spoke to were heading to Cardiff or west Wales. Passengers described the added complication of a change at an already busy station, the potential for further delays and cancellations, a lack of seats and workspaces, which may prove to be the case. to be a shorter train.

“Those traveling with luggage, especially the elderly, were particularly keen to keep the current arrangement. We trust that Transport for Wales will understand the importance to the local economy and passengers of retaining this service to Birmingham.”

A spokesman for Transport for Wales said: “December will see a number of operational changes to core services on our network and we are doing everything we can to minimize the impact on customers.

“We understand the concerns expressed by the rail users’ association and will review demand levels and feedback from the consultation.”

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