Birmingham is a central hub for UK railways. Direct services operate from here to nearly every part of the country including London Euston, London Marylebone, Plymouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Nottingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Scotland.
Birmingham has two main railway stations, Birmingham New Street and Birmingham Moor Street. New Street is the major station and most national services use this station including those to London Euston. Moor Street is a smaller, friendlier station and services include those to London Marylebone, Stratford upon Avon and Kidderminster. Journey time from London Marylebone to Birmingham is two hours and from London Euston to Birmingham is one and a half hours but is subject to delays and cancellation.
There are many local railway lines in the Birmingham area and there are plans to add more stations to the network. There is a regional integrated travel card called 'Network' which can be purchased for unlimited travel on trains and buses in the area all day.
The main points that lets the rail service in the area down are the cost of rail fares and the frequency of rail services during the day to local stations.