Network Rail has published a draft RUS (Route Utilsation Strategy) for services on the West Coast Main Line (WCML). An RUS looks at how well the rail network is being utilised. In the draft RUS report, Network Rail highlight areas for improvement around the Staffordshire area.
1) Reroute the current London Midland service, calling non-stop from Stafford to Crewe, and not calling at Stone, Stoke-On-Trent, Kidsgrove and Alsager.
2) Extend the current Manchester to Stoke-On-Trent Northern service to Birmingham. This service currently calls at Kidsgrove and Congelton and if extended to Birmingham would remain to call at Alsager and Kidsgrove and calling additional at Stone, Stafford, Wolverhampton.
3) Extend the Manchester to Crewe Northern service via Manchester Airport to Birmingham. This would also call at Kidsgrove and Stoke-On-Trent.
4) Cross Country service's via Stoke-On-Trent to Manchester and Bournemouth that are currently 2tph (Trains Per Hour)
5)The potential to link the East Midlands and towns in the Potteries with a direct rail service to Manchester Airport.
Now is the chance to have your say about passenger services from Kidsgrove. Would you like to retain the current direct link with London or have a direct link to Birmingham. Both options would retain current direct links with Alsager, Crewe, Stafford and Stone. I will be submitting my own response to Network Rail once I have consulted with users of Kidsgrove Trains station and would welcome suggestions on this site.
Network Rail and its industry partners believe that this RUS provides a robust strategy for the rail industry in the coming years.
This RUS will have a formal consultation period of 90 days and the date for receiving responses is Friday 11th March 2011. Comments and feedback are welcome on the analysis included in the RUS and the options that are recommended. Details of how to respond can be found in Chapter 7.
Network Rail expects to publish the final RUS in summer 2011. The draft RUS can be found
at http://www.networkrail.co.uk/browse%20d ... ne_rus.pdf
Councillor Kyle-Noel Taylor