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  • However, it is the Birmingham to London service that is the company’s major business, and deservedly so, as I think it is the best way to get to London from the West Midlands
  • Snow Hill has a less than enjoyable feel, being cold, draughty and lacking in facilities, so I would recommend Moor Street, which has recently been restored to its pre-war glory and is a much more pleasant place to wait for your train
  • They are a good company with good customer service, and are generally helpful on the rare occasions when there is a problem

    • by fredhound
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      Chiltern Railways runs trains between Birmingham and London, as well as less intensive services to Stourbridge and Kidderminster, and a shuttle service to Aylesbury. However, it is the Birmingham to London service that is the company’s major business, and deservedly so, as I think it is the best way to get to London from the West Midlands.

      A major part of the company’s attraction, and a good reason to choose Chiltern over Virgin’s competing service, is that Chiltern’s walk-up fares are much cheaper. For example, you can buy a day return, including a


      Travelcard for use on trains, the Tube and buses in London for under £40, whereas a similar deal from Virgin will often run into three figures. Chiltern does also offer very cheap advance fares which can be printed out at home or even sent to your mobile phone.

      Most of Chiltern’s trains are modern Class 168 “Clubman” diesel multiple units, which are very smooth-riding and have comfortable seats, as well as power points for mobile phones and laptops. There is no buffet car, but some trains offer a trolley service of sandwiches, drinks ...


      • and crisps. I usually find the trains tidy, and the toilets clean. Although the journey to London is a bit slower than with Virgin, the better ambience means I am more relaxed when I get there.

        In London, Chiltern’s trains terminate at Marylebone station, which is a relatively small terminus and a lot less crowded than Euston, but still with those all-important Tube connections. In Birmingham the trains call at two stations: Snow Hill has a less than enjoyable feel, being cold, draughty and lacking in facilities, so I would recommend Moor Street,

        which has recently been restored to its pre-war glory and is a much more pleasant place to wait for your train.

        I would strongly recommend that anybody travelling on the Birmingham to London route, especially if they are paying their own way, investigate the options provided by Chiltern Railways. They are a good company with good customer service, and are generally helpful on the rare occasions when there is a problem. Travelling to London can be a stressful affair, but if you choose a good railway company like Chiltern, you will already feel better!s




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