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.
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Since 2007, London Midland has been providing train services to and from London in the south, to Birmingham in the Midlands and Liverpool in the north-west. Over 70 million passenger journeys a year are made using on the network and London Midland manages 150 stations and operates 1,300 services a day.
London Midland is owned by Govia, the partnership between the Go-Ahead Group and Keolis. Govia is the UK’s busiest rail operator, responsible for nearly 30 per cent of UK passenger rail journeys through its three rail companies, GTR (which includes Gatwick Express services), Southeastern and London Midland. Further information on Govia is available at www.govia.info
London Midland has won a range of awards, including Best Local Transport Integration, five Rail Business Awards for marketing, public relations and customer information, five Golden Spanner Awards for Engineering, three IOIC awards for internal communication and three Railstaff Awards for Outstanding Customer Service, Lifesaving and Charity Work. In 2017 London Midland was named as Britain's most improved train company by the Institute of Rail Operators and the UK's most improved organisation for customer service in the UKCSI survey.
In 2017 London Midland was awarded the Investors in People (IiP) Gold Award and been awarded the 5 Star award by the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) in 2014.