West Midlands railway timetables, which were hit by industrial action since the New Year, have been restored.
Central Trains, which had been in dispute with members of the drivers union Aslef over voluntary rest-day working, began a restored service on most of the affected routes yesterday.
Special timetables had previously been in place, involving reduction in service frequency and buses replacing trains.
However, the company reached an agreement with Aslef earlier this month and until the new timetable is introduced on June 11, services will now operate mostly to schedule on: n Lichfield- Birmingham-Redditch (Cross City Line) n Stratford- upon- Avon/ Leamington Spa-Birmingham- Worcester (Snow Hill Lines) n Birmingham- Stansted Airport/Norwich
On the following routes, there will continue to be a number of changes to mainly off-peak services: n Birmingham/ Walsall-Shrewsbury n Birmingham-Walsall-Stafford.
On all other routes, services are fully restored to the current published timetable.
Meanwhile, Central has launched a tough campaign to crackdown on fare cheats, which includes the naming and shaming of persistent offenders. The campaign, called "Don't Be a Loser - Buy a Ticket", will see daily barrier checks at both New Street and Snow Hill station.
If passengers are found without a ticket, they will be issued with an on-the-spot £10 penalty fare, either while on the train from one of the 60 Revenue Protection Officers who ride on the network, or from one of the barrier staff.
The campaign aims to half ticketless travel within the West Midlands which currently stands at about six per cent. Passengers, who receive a fine and who fail to pay within 21 days, will be taken to court and could be named and shamed on posters which will be placed at their local station and at New Street.