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No drivers means no Sunday trains
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There will be no Central Trains for much of the Midlands on Sunday
A rail firm has cancelled every train in the West Midlands on Sunday as too few of its drivers want to work.

Central Trains has called off all its services out of Birmingham stations. But Virgin and Chiltern services through the region are not affected.

Drivers are not contracted to work on Sundays, with services covered by staff working voluntary overtime.

Central will run most East Midlands services, except Birmingham to Stansted Airport via Leicester and Cambridge.

The shutdown in the West Midlands extends along lines to Lichfield, Walsall, Redditch, Coventry, Rugby, Northampton, Cardiff, Worcester, Hereford, Rugeley, Wolverhampton, Stratford-upon-Avon, Leamington Spa and Stourbridge.

A few late night trains from Leicester to Nottingham and Birmingham are also affected.

Passengers are advised to use buses.

'Not enough drivers'

The drivers' rotas only run from Monday to Saturday but such a small number of volunteers have offered to the work this Sunday that the firm said it cannot run any trains.

Rachel Webster, from Central Trains, said: "We have not got enough drivers from our West Midlands-based depots to run any level of service.

"Rather than promise to deliver something we know we almost certainly won't be able to deliver fully on Sunday, we have taken the decision to not run any services in the West Midlands."

Other National Express-owned operators have been hit by staff not offering to work on Sundays. Central, Silverlink and Midland Mainline services were hit by a lack of Sunday staff last Christmas.


SEE ALSO:
Changes aim to boost punctuality
10 Dec 05 |  Nottinghamshire
Complaints over county rail links
07 Jan 05 |  Leicestershire
Trains cancelled in contract row
01 Jan 05 |  England
Rail passengers put on the bus
07 Jan 05 |  England


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