HEREFORD passengers are still fuming about overcrowded trains, with a cancer patient saying it's a 'nightmare' to travel after his treatment.

Fewer carriages on the route to Birmingham since a timetable overhaul in May which was meant to improve services.

Roger Utley, 74, from Leominster uses West Midlands Railway to travel to and from to be treated for melanoma, a form of skin cancer, at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

He said: "I've got melanoma and it's a nightmare. I had a skin graft recently but when I got back to Hereford I had to go to Morrisons for a new dressing because it had come off in the heat.

"I was a coach driver, I drove 53 children and then all had to wear seatbelts. How can a train service not need seatbelts? It's a pity people can't get together and make the companies do something.

"It has been a nightmare. On the way back from University, there's no seats until Worcester Foregate Street. Every train should have three carriages, not two, but on quieter trains there's four or five."

Other annoyed commuters have taken to Twitter to express their frustrations, with the extra carriages being used on other services travelling between Worcester/Shrewsbury and Birmingham.

New trains are expected in 2021, and West Midlands Railway said they pay attention to customer feedback.  

 Commuters have been left angry as already busy trains, particularly the 15:50 service from Birmingham New Street, has been shortened to just two carriages.

A spokesman for West Midlands Trains said new rolling stock will be introduced from 2021, and the company is taking passenger feedback into account.

The spokesman said: “With the introduction of our new timetables we have had to reallocate carriages across our network. This has resulted in changes to the formation of some services.

“Overall, we have increased the number of carriages across our network, which includes the introduction of a refurbished two-carriage train from London Overground to the Worcester lines.

“However, as part of implementing the biggest timetable change in 10 years, some services are now operating with fewer carriages to allow for extra services or where trains are operating with more carriages.”