Upgrade plans for Chiltern and West Midlands routes

PREDICTIONS of a 49% increase in demand for rail travel across the West Midlands and Chilterns regions by 2023 have led to proposals for longer trains, an increase in services, extended platforms, and upgraded stations.

Chiltern Class 68 No. 68012, with DVT No. 82309 at the rear, passes Kings Sutton, near Banbury, during the evening of July 19 with the 17.21 London Marylebone-Banbury service. PAUL BIGGS
Chiltern Class 68 No. 68012, with DVT No. 82309 at the rear, passes Kings Sutton, near Banbury, during the evening of July 19 with the 17.21 London Marylebone-Banbury service. PAUL BIGGS

Both regions, covering the areas around Birmingham, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, already cater for in excess of 50million passenger journeys annually, a figure expected to rise by 24m over the next seven years and to top 100m by 2043.

Commuting into Birmingham alone is expected to increase by 49% by 2023 and by a staggering 114% in a further 20 years.

Read more in the August issue of The RM

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