Past Achievements

We staved off the threats of line closure, and persuaded the train operator to gradually increase through services to and from London, with the present outcome of a regular hourly servie throughout the day at almost all stations, and considerable improvements in frequency at weekends.

We secured the reopening of a station at Honeybourne in 1981

We were instrumental in the withdrawal of closure proposals for Combe and Finstock stations in 1994

We achieved a renaissance of services at Hanborough and Pershore stations from three trains per day to the present almost hourly frequency at both.


We have campaigned for, and obtained, increased car parking capacity at many stations. We continue to press for more.

We have made financial contributions to the costs of a new waiting/meeting room at Moreton in Marsh (£25000), and ticket office at Hanborough (£5000) and to many flower and planting schemes at other stations, in particular a redesigned garden at Charlbury as a memorial to our long standing Membership Secretary, John Stanley.

Finally, we publish three times a year a much appreciated newsletter crammed with interesting articles about the line and the railway industry, its performance, development and other subjects of interest.


We achieved improvements in early morning Sunday services from both Hereford and Worcester to Birmingham and London.

We secured the introduction of High Speed Trains with a top speed of 125 mph, air conditioning and other features on almost all services, and their recent replacement by the quicker, environmentally cleaner InterCity Express (ICE) bimodal electric/diesel units.

We were instrumental in securing the partial track redoubling of the central section of the line to improve reliability and frequency.

We have supported the development by Worcestershire County Council of a new station at Worcestershire Parkway, opened in February 2020, which provides connections from the Cotswold line with Cross Country services between Birmingham and Cardiff, with same platform connections to Bristol at Cheltenham.

New Moreton waiting room 02.02.2019

Photo credit:  The new Moreton waiting room, taken on 2nd February 2019, © William Crossley.

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