Improved mainline rail service proposed for Staffordshire Moorlands station

Blythe Bridge railway station in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

THERE is some good news for rail travellers who commute from the Staffordshire Moorlands main line station at Blythe Brige.
A £50 million upgrade to the Crewe-Derby line which services the station is one of seven projects being proposed by Midlands Connect.
In its Midlands Engine Rail programme, it is proposing a doubling of services on the line from one to two an hour – resulting in 16 additional trains in each direction a day.
In addittion, faster trains and ‘changes to calling patterns’ could result in the Crewe to Derby journey time being cut by 20 minutes – from 79 minutes to 59 minutes.
Midlands Connect predicts that these miprovements would lead to a 72 per cent increase in rail passengers to 350,000 users a year by 2037.
Stoke-on-Trent South Conservative MP Jack Brereton told The Sentinel: “It’s great to finally see a feasible plan to improve services along the vitally important Derby-Stoke-Crewe rail corridor, as well as an affordable comprehensive revision fro the whole of the Midlands region.
“The Crewe-Derby line has not lived up to its potential for decades, and I welcome this new focus in improving the frequency and standards of services.
“I hope Midlands Engine Rail gains the backing of Government and that we’re able to deliver a fail network fit for the furture.”
The Crewe-Derby line has long been criticised by passengers and polticians for its ‘bone-shaker’ single-carriage trains and ‘inadequate’ services.