RAIL users are being warned to be aware that the seven-week autumn leaf-fall timetable comes into force on the Cross City line tomorrow.
The timetable alterations – between tomorrow and November 29 – will primarily affect Northfield, Kings Norton and Bournville stations but travellers should check their train times for any changes.
Autumnal weather demands trains to slow down due to slippery conditions and the Cross City line is particularly affected because of the high number of trains on the route and frequency of stops.
Unlike previous years, the timetable will operate only after 9.30am and before 4pm between Monday and Friday so rush hour trains in the mornings and evenings will be unaffected.
West Midlands Railway’s customer experience director Richard Brooks said: “Our priority at all times is to provide a reliable service for passengers.
“Introducing a leaf fall timetable brings major benefits to punctuality in the challenging autumn period.”
Passengers are advised to plan ahead by checking nationalrail.co.uk for their train times.
A long-term solution?
Last month we reported Network Rail, the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) and West Midlands Trains would be piloting a revolutionary new method of braking for trains in slippery autumnal conditions which could bring to an end to ‘leaves on the line’ delays.
For more on that, which involves closing the stretch of track between Barnt Green and Redditch every Sunday throughout October, click here.