6 April: news in brief

West Midlands Railway axes trains WEST MIDLANDS RAILWAY is replacing its train services between Worcester and Hereford with buses from today. The operator says passenger numbers are continuing to fall while more WMR staff are self-isolating. The stations which now have no WMR trains until further notice are Hereford, Ledbury, Colwall,

4 April: news in brief

Naturalist loses environmental challenge to HS2 THE High Court has rejected a legal challenge from naturalist and broadcaster Chris Packham, who had claimed that the decision to build HS2 had not taken the destruction of ancient woodlands into account. The court ruled that there was ‘no real prospect of success’ for

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Grand Central axes all services for at least two months

ALL Grand Central services are being axed tonight for at least the next two months. The official announcement from the open access operator confirms a Railnews report published earlier today. GC, which is owned by Arriva, described the measures as ‘necessary but temporary’. The news follows a similar decision from the other

Grand Central to suspend services during COVID-19 restrictions

Grand Central ‘Adelante’ No. 180105 approaching Frinkley Lane, north of Grantham on May 23, 2019. Photo: Chris Milner. Grand Central will temporarily suspend all its train services from the end of today as coronavirus restrictions continue to affect passenger numbers. The York-based operator, which runs services between Sunderland, Bradford and London Kings

Grand Central expected to withdraw services

SPECULATION is growing that Grand Central is about to become the second open access operator to suspend its services. Hull Trains has already withdrawn its timetable until further notice. According to the RMT and other sources, the last Grand Central trains will run today. The services between London, Bradford and Sunderland are

3 April: news in brief

Trains set to be only long-distance public transport THE only way of travelling longer distances in Britain by public transport will soon be by rail, after the main long-distance coach operators announced that their services will cease by Sunday night. National Express is withdrawing all its coach routes for the time