Bromsgrove Rail User Group aims to improve the rail facilities and train services for passengers in Bromsgrove. The group would like to see:
- All local north bound trains stop at Bromsgrove
- Arriva X-country services stop for southbound long distance travellers
- Improved Rail facilities for Passengers and TOC's
Bromsgrove Rail User Group was created by a like minded group of rail passengers fed up with an inferior rail service to and from Bromsgrove. A public meeting was held in April of 2006 to gauge public opinion. The decision was made to form a pressure group of rail passengers to lobby the authorities to improve rail services. In May 2006 a constitution, elected officers and BRUG bank account were created.
The root cause of the service problems at Bromsgrove are the two platforms developed in the seventies, the southbound platform being 100 metres and the northbound platform being 73 metres. BRUG believed a former oil terminal site 150 metres south of the existing station could be developed and the group produced a business case. On May 7th 2007 the group presented its plans for improving the rail service problems at Bromsgrove to Network Rail. In September 2007 Network Rail agreed to relocate Bromsgrove station to the former oil terminal site.
The group meets every month; see the website for details.
Autumn 2013: The new station at Bromsgrove got planning permission from Worcestershire County Council on 24 September 2013, so construction will start in 2014. BRUG's next objective is to get cross-country trains to stop southbound, as this route is appallingly bad from Bromsgrove.