A Warwickshire County Council spokesperson said: “As demand has been significantly less than expected, it is only right that we withdraw the service.”

There was a park and ride in Bishopton before the station was built – and both the 221 and 222 services that come into town throughout the day will still be in operation – but the SP1 service was specifically for rail users.

Last year, the Herald revealed on average, only 80 railway passenger journeys a day were made from Stratford Parkway in October.

However, this week new figures show signs of improvement.

The council said yesterday (Wednesday): “Train passenger figures for Stratford Parkway continue to show an upward trend, with over 4,500 trips being made in December compared with 2,500 in October.”

London Midland confirmed these figures and said it normally takes between six months and a year for passengers to start using a new railway station.

John Morgan is a regular user of the rail service in Stratford. He said: “The new semi-fast Stratford-Birmingham service via Solihull is useful as it saves having to drive to Warwick Parkway.”

But like many, he thinks instead of a new station, the line into Stratford needs improving.

“It beggars belief that an international tourist destination like Stratford, the sixth most visited tourist destination in the UK, lies at the end of a truncated branch line,” he said.

“Unfortunately, Stratford Park-way was destined to be a white elephant from the start.”

Nine SP1 buses run each day Monday to Friday – four in the morning and five in the evening.