IT was a historic moment for Bromsgrove rail users on Sunday morning, as the first Cross City line train pulled into the town's station.

An extra three trains per hour will now travel between Bromsgrove and Birmingham, as West Midlands Railway services, which previously started and terminated at Longbridge, have extended their route to and from Bromsgrove.

Rail enthusiasts turned out to see the first Cross City line train - the 323202 - arrive at Bromsgrove from Birmingham on Sunday morning, before it headed back towards the city centre at 9.42am.

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Commuters at the station were treated to a free breakfast this morning (Monday), and a plaque was unveiled to commemorate the service upgrade.

The extension of the Cross City line comes after the completion of electrification work, which has resulted in additional services at Bromsgrove throughout the day and a fully electric service between Bromsgrove and Lichfield.

This means there will be up to five trains per hour to and from Birmingham New Street during peak times, and between two and four trains per hour in the off-peak period - an increase from 45 to 132 services on weekdays.