Transport bosses are claiming the improvements to services enjoyed by West Midland rail passengers proves local politicians can successfully exert influence over the national rail industry.
Centro and its policysetting body, the West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority, hailed the success of more regular and reliable trains between Kidderminster, Stourbridge and Birmingham, but also apologised to passengers for the previous timetable changes and disruption on the route.
There are now trains every ten minutes within the Centro-PTA area and a connecting service to London with two trains every hour, which both bodies helped put in place new trains and a more frequent timetable.
A new car park at Smethwick Galton Bridge has been built and a major parking expansion at Stourbridge Junction is due to open next month. It has also invested £2 million in underwriting new carriages for operator Central Trains to help ease overcrowding across the network.
Centro believes the routing of all services into Birmingham Snow Hill and Moor Street stations has now improved reliability and means there can now be a 'turn-up-and-go' frequency for Stourbridge passengers and it has cleared the way for Chiltern to run twice as many trains per hour to London Marylebone.