West Midlands Trains cancellations to continue for months

West Midlands Trains cancellations to continue for months

10/27/2021 6:46:00 PM

West Midlands Trains cancellations to continue for months

West Midlands Trains says the pandemic has delayed training for more than 100 train drivers.

He said he was stranded for hours on Thursday after multiple trains were cancelled."I'd finished early, had a long week at work, was hoping to get back to see my daughter," he said."You're left stranded, not really with any alternative so you're just left loitering around the station."

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Latest news and updates from the West MidlandsTrains across the West Midlands Railway network, which includes routes in Shropshire, Staffordshire, Herefordshire and Warwickshire as well as Worcestershire and the West Midlands, have been affected.A dedicated Facebook group for people affected by the services has more than 800 members. Users branded trains "appalling" and said driving was a more attractive offering.

Francis Thomas, from parent company West Midlands Trains, said it was "really, really sorry" to passengers."In 2019, we recruited over 100 extra drivers - on top of the 30 or so we take every year - and then the pandemic struck," he said. headtopics.com

"It takes over a year to train new drivers and the first thing that happened was that all driver training shut down for seven months, because of restrictions and we've been playing catch up ever since."He said there was "no quick fix" adding: "This is going to go into next year, it will continue for several months."

Mr Thomas urged passengers who had been delayed to claim their compensation.Unions said railway operators across the country faced similar problems, but suggested it was "disingenuous" to blame the pandemic, when recruitment had been an ongoing problem for years.

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