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Railways: West Midlands

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 124140, tabled on 22 January 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of investing in rail infrastructure on the West Midlands Network to increase capacity on services to and from Telford; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

30 January 2018

Capacity to and from Telford will be increased through the introduction of a second off-peak service on the Wolverhampton corridor from 2018.

The West Midlands franchise, which began in December 2017, will also increase capacity through the introduction of a Sunday service between Birmingham and Shrewsbury from December 2018, and a second train per hour introduced in May 2021 will further increase capacity.

No infrastructure enhancements is needed to deliver this increase in capacity.