10th Aug, 2020

Droitwich Rail User Action Group chair highlights 'woeful' service on Channel 4's Dispatches

Harry Leach 4th Apr, 2020

A DROITWICH councillor recently appeared on TV show ‘Dispatches’ where he highlighted the unreliability of West Midlands Trains.

Coun Alan Humphries was filmed on his daily commute from Coventry to Droitwich Spa.

The episode, titled ‘Britain’s Train Hell’, focused on the difficulties which rail users face including delays, overcrowding and rising fares.

With West Midlands Trains providing a woeful service before the coronavirus outbreak, presenter Liam Halligan questioned what it will be like after the economy has got back to its feet.

Mr Halligan and Coun Humphries arrive into Birmingham New Street on a delayed train which means they have to run to get the connecting train to Droitwich.

When asked about the delay Coun Humphries, who is also the chairman of the town’s Rail User Action Group, said: “This happens at least four times a week on my way home.

“Sometimes it can take me three and a half hours just to travel 40 miles.

“Just another day in paradise,” he added sarcastically.

Over the last 20 years rail use has doubled in the UK.

But in the West Midlands passenger numbers are up three-fold, according to Mr Halligan.

 

*You can watch the full episode of the Channel 4 show here

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