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TRAVEL: ROAD AND RAIL

A general overview of sites that will help you get about within the region and further abroad.

Road Traffic
Information
RAC Route Planner now embodies The RAC's traffic information. The planner is international - e.g. Moscow to Copenhagen, or much further afield.
AA travel information also offers good route planning, but appears to be limited to the European Union.
Local Bus
and Metro
Services
The principal bus operator in the area is Travel West Midlands, which also runs the Midland Metro tramway service between Wolverhampton and Birmingham. Try their main page for information - but sadly their route maps seem to have been deleted from the site. Diagrams of the Metro station layouts for The Hawthorns, Jewellery Quarter and Birmingham Snow Hill are in our railway section.

Supporting both bus and rail services in the region is Centro, which operates services in co-operation with the region's major transport undertakings such as Central Trains.

Rail Travel DudleyMall's own guide to Local Rail Facilities now covers an area running from Shrewsbury across to Nottingham, and down to Bristol, High Wycombe and Milton Keynes. It provides sketch plans for most stations along the lines covered, along with information on parking and easy access. You can check our route map and search by line or by station. So give it a visit (and if we get anything wrong, please email us through dudleymall@dudleymall.co.uk.)

Most of the stations on the lines in the Centro area (Birmingham - Worcester, and the West Coast Main Line - locally Birmingham to Wolverhampton) have parking facilities and easy access for the less mobile or pram- encumbered, though some stations are easier to use than others. Sandwell & Dudley isn't our favourite local station if you use a bus to get there, but it's good for car users, and other than Wolverhampton and Birmingham, it has the best local access to long distance trains.

Railtrack - Train times enquiry page.
To get UK Fares Information, ring 0345-48-49-50 (charged at local rates). Some companies such as Virgin and Great North Eastern will provide fare information if you create a free log-in account on their pages.

London
Transport
London Transport's home page for info on London buses, underground, river services, transport operators, fares and travel news.

Underground maps page. The best underground maps are the standard diagram, and the fares boundary map. These are large files and may be slow to load at busy times.

The bus page leads to maps and fares, but the Places Served A-Z seems to be undergoing a rebuild, so you don't get much help there at present.

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