Monday 4 Nov 2019
Passengers urged to 'think in threes' for Birmingham's busy Christmas market season
Birmingham’s famous Frankfurt Christmas market returns this week and passengers are being urged to 'think in threes' when planning their journeys with record numbers expected to travel in and out of the city by train.
The market opens on Thursday (7 November) and Network Rail is advising rail travellers to plan ahead for the smoothest journey possible.
Millions of people are expected to visit Birmingham for the market until 23 December, with many using the railway to enjoy the city's festive events and attractions.
Network Rail’s top three travel tips are:
- Plan your journey
- Check before you travel at www.nationalrail.co.uk
- Know the times of your trains home
Last year nearly 750,000 people used Birmingham New Street station during the market's opening weekend, and while the stalls are a great addition to the city, it can mean trains and platforms are much busier.
As with previous years, queuing systems may be used at exceptionally busy times to safely allow people to board their trains home.
Patrick Power, Network Rail’s station manager at Birmingham New Street, said: “We all love the Christmas market and it means the festive season has started. It’s great for the city but it does mean the station and trains are busier than ever.
“I’m urging passengers to 'think in threes' to make travelling in and out of the city as easy as possible. Planning your journey, checking before you travel and knowing the times of your trains home will really help everyone. There will be extra staff in place across the station to provide advice and information and help keep passengers safe throughout.”
Passengers are also being urged to think ahead and plan their journeys if they will be using the rail network over Christmas.
As part of its Railway Upgrade Plan, Network Rail will be carrying out improvement work across Britain between 24 December and 2 January which may affect journeys.
Passengers can plan their Christmas travel at www.nationalrail.co.uk/christmas; for specific Birmingham New Street station information follow @NetworkRailBHM on Twitter or check with your train operator.
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