Group alighting at Lidlington

Group alighting at LidlingtonHi everybody. We’re usually quite upbeat and positive about most of our news, but this one is a little bit of a downer.

We understand that due to a shortage of train crew. there will be no services on the Marston Vale Line all day on Tuesday 25th September 2012.

Replacement road transport will be running all day to replace the cancelled services, but journey times will be extended. We suggest that where possible you use alternative modes of transport to get to your destination. You can find out more information on local buses, cycling routes, and car sharing on this website.

Clearly this will mean significant disruption, for reasons totally outside of our control. London Midland does sincerely apologise for the inconvenience that will be caused.

We would suggest that you keep up to date with all the latest information on disruption via the London Midland website and Twitter feed. If your journey is delayed by more than 30 minutes, remember you can use the Delay Repay scheme to claim the cost back.

Once again, massive apologies that this is going on, and normal service will resume on Wednesday 26th.

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5 Responses to Train Services on Tuesday 25th September 2012

  1. Sabir Rahman says:

    Disaster!!! This was the first time that my wife and I were to use the line, to see the Millenium park and the back of our home (where the railway runs!). Why today of all days to cancel the trains??

  2. Mike Bond says:

    Seems like it’s a broken train one day and no staff the next. Why can’t these unavoidable circumstances coincide to minimise the disruption…

  3. James says:

    Hi Guys. We’re sorry that everything went wrong yesterday. Unfortunately things were particularly bad yesterday as there was a lack of staff at the Bletchley depot all day, meaning all services bar one (the morning school train) got cancelled. We tried to get the info out as quick as possible, but we know that doesn’t replace a train service!

    Thankfully, things seem to be back to normal now, and things are running ok. Needless to say that if things do go wrong again we’ll let everyone know.

  4. Sabir Rahman says:

    There are many unemployed and also young retired people.How long would it train (no pun intended) some stand-by drivers, who might be called in in an emergency?

    • James says:

      Hi Sabir,

      London Midland are actually recruiting for drivers at the moment. Check out their Careers website for more information.

      My understanding is that it takes about 1 year to fully train a driver from scratch.