Tuesday 12 Sep 2017
Upgrade means Tame Bridge Parkway to Rugeley Trent Valley line to close for three Sundays
- London North Western
Passengers who travel between Tame Bridge Parkway and Rugeley Trent Valley are being reminded that the railway will be closed for the next three Sundays while Network Rail continues to upgrade the Chase line.
As more and more passengers use the line, the improvements are needed to accommodate the growth and meet future demand.
Network Rail is investing £100m+ to upgrade and electrify the route as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan to provide passengers with better services across Britain.
Once electrified, London Midland’s passengers will benefit from a cleaner, greener, quieter and more reliable railway between Birmingham and Rugeley with faster and more frequent trains.
Buses will replace trains on Sunday 17 and 24 September and Sunday 1 October.
Martin Tiller, Network Rail’s project sponsor said: “This work, part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, will mean passengers travelling between Rugeley and Birmingham via Walsall will have a better, more reliable railway.
"Regular users of the line will have noticed lots of progress on the ground, especially after the 16 day closure last month. The work continues and the Sunday closures have been carefully planned with London Midland to cause the least disruption to the fewest number of people. I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we carry out these vital upgrades.”
London Midland’s head of Route, Rob Hornsey, said: “Our Chase line customers have shown great understanding as this major upgrade has taken place. The benefits of more frequent trains and extra capacity is just what this line and our passengers need.”
Work that Network Rail will carry out includes:
- installation of further overhead power line structures
- foundations / piling for overhead power line structures
- vegetation management
- track drainage improvements
Currently electric trains can only run as far as Walsall which means London Midland runs diesel trains from Birmingham to Rugeley Trent Valley. Once the electrification work on the Chase line is complete, electric trains will be able to run along the whole of the line from Birmingham New Street to Rugeley Trent Valley.
For travel information visit www.nationalrail.co.uk.
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We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, there are more than 4.7 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.
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