West Midlands Commuter Lines

Discussion in 'Suggestions' started by court692, Jan 27, 2021.

  1. court692

    court692 Member

    Jan 24, 2021
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    I would like to suggest a set of potential routes, based around the West Midlands. West Midlands Trains operate the West Midlands suburban routes with Transport for Wales also operating a few routes in this region. Alongside this there are also Avanti West Coast, Crosscountry and London North Western Railway service.
    Due to the high volume of routes and services, only a few would possibly be chosen so I decided on some routes that may be more popular.
    Main train stations that would be included are Birmingham New Street, Birmingham International, Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury.

    Commuter routes in the West Midlands occasionally run at ten-minute frequencies on the busiest routes, with most other routes operating at least a 15-20 or 30 minute frequency.
    Some of the routes that could be included are below:

    Transport for Wales:
    1. Birmingham International to Aberystwyth or Holyhead (terminating at Shrewsbury in game) - 1 tp2h
    Calling at: Birmingham New Street, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Wolverhampton, Telford Central, Wellington and Shrewsbury (where services could terminate either in a bay platform or at a through platform where a driver change could take place)
    Both these services use the class 158, coupled together to form a 4 car unit. These are capable of 90mph.

    West Midlands Trains:
    1. Birmingham New Street to Shrewsbury - 1 tph
    Calling at: Sandwell & Dudley, Wolverhampton, Bilbrook, Codsall, Albrighton, Cosford, Shifnal, Telford Central, Oakengates and Shrewsbury.
    This service uses the class 170/172 turbostar formed of 2 or 3 coaches and capable of 100mph, although these are due to be replaced by the class 196 civity.

    2. Part of the Cross City line - Birmingham New Street to Redditch - 2 tph
    Calling at: Birmingham New Street, Five Ways, University, Selly Oak, Bournville, Kings Norton, Northfield, Longbridge, Barnt Green, Alvechurch and Redditch
    This service uses the class 323 formed of 3 coaches and capable of 90mph. These are due to be replaced by the class 730 aventras.

    I feel like commuter routes in the Midlands would be great for those gamers who want routes with more branches and stations.
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2021
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  2. formulabee#1362

    formulabee#1362 Well-Known Member

    Dec 21, 2020
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    Snow hill lines would be a good one
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