Local Conservative Councillors attended Cannock Train Station today for a Public Meeting, where they met with West Midlands Trains senior managers. They were on hand to speak to the public and Councillors regarding the atrocious service that the public are currently experiencing on the Chase Line with regular delays and numerous cancellations.
There was an acknowledgment that the service is simply unfit for purpose and that drastic change is needed. West Midlands Trains Managers answered a series of questions from both Councillors and the public and are clearly keen to introduce significant improvements to ease the problems commuters are experiencing. They acknowledge this will take time but state they are determined to provide a more localised service.
Pictured are senior managers from West Midlands Trains including Head of Corporate Affairs Mr Francis Thomas, a Network Rail representative, the Chair of Cannock Chase Rail Promotion Group Mr Keith Fitch and local Conservative Councillors.
Conservative Group Leader Olivia Lyons said “We are here to show our solidarity and support for local residents who use the Chase Line to commute to and from Cannock, Hednesford, Rugeley or to travel further afield. We are here to raise concerns and to challenge West Midlands Trains to deliver a much improved service. The current service is simply not good enough and our residents deserve better “.
The public attendance was sporadic at the public meeting but plans are afoot for a further public meeting in Rugeley, details to follow.