London Midland has launched the first of its new Watford Shuttle services – a dedicated peak time service to London Euston for passengers in Watford, Bushey and Harrow.
Watford MP Claire Ward met with London Midland managing director Stephen Banaghan to launch the first service – the 08:03 to London Euston – this morning (May 18).
The new Watford Shuttle is the first of nine planned services which will run just for passengers who travel from Watford, Bushey and Harrow providing hundreds of extra peak time seats.
Mr Banaghan said London Midland had decided to introduce the services after discussions with passengers and Claire Ward.
“One of the effects of the new timetable introduced last year on the West Coast Mainline was a change to the services for Watford, Bushey and Harrow passengers. Since then we've been working hard at London Midland to provide more services and more seats for commuters,” he said.
“Today is the first of these services and we've brought it in as soon as we possibly could. We met with Claire and she expressed her constituents' concerns and we have set about putting this right. Performance is improving and the new shuttle service will provide hundreds more seats and a dedicated service for Watford commuters.”
Watford MP Claire Ward said: “I am pleased that London Midland has responded to the views of my constituents and I hope that this service will ease some of the pressure but we do need more trains to be introduced as soon as possible. I will continue to work with London Midland to help them improve the services for my constituents.”
A further eight services are planned and London Midland is negotiating with Network Rail to provide capacity for these services in and out of Euston.
Further shuttles will operate on weekday mornings and evenings and will be phased in throughout the year.
The 08:03 service calls at Bushey at 08:06, Harrow at 08:11 arriving at London Euston at 08:25.