£100m railway upgrade means 12 day closure of the line at Bromsgrove.(Network Rail)

£100m railway upgrade means 12 day closure of the line at Bromsgrove

Work ongoing during construction of Bromsgrove station

                             

  • Work will allow line between Bromsgrove and Birmingham to be electrified
  • Upgraded signalling will help make services to and from the town more reliable
  • To allow the work to be completed the line will be closed for 12 days
  • Buses will replace trains serving Bromsgrove station
  • Trains between Birmingham, Hereford, south Wales and the South West will be subject to an amended timetable

Network Rail, London Midland and CrossCountry are reminding passengers that the railway at Bromsgrove will be closed for 12 days from Wednesday, 26 October as part of a £100m investment.

The project at Bromsgrove forms part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan and has already delivered the new Bromsgrove station. The next phase of the scheme will be to reconfigure the track, points and crossings in the area around the station, and bring into use the new signalling between Five Ways (Birmingham) and Ashchurch in Gloucestershire, in preparation for electrification to Bromsgrove. This will increase the number of trains serving Bromsgrove station from December 2017.

In order to achieve this the line at Bromsgrove will be closed for 12 days between Wednesday, 26 October and Sunday, 6 November. Throughout the closure of the line there will be alterations to services to and from Bromsgrove, Hereford and Birmingham.

Richard Dugdale, senior sponsor for Network Rail said: “This £100m investment at Bromsgrove is key to modernising the railway through the area and providing passengers with a more reliable, better railway. This is the latest programme of work in the scheme after the successful delivery of the new Bromsgrove station which began welcoming passengers in July.

“There is never a good time to close the railway for any length of time but we have looked at all options and worked with London Midland and CrossCountry to complete this work at a time which will cause least disruption to passengers.

“Our Railway Upgrade Plan is delivering significant investment into the railway network which will provide a better, more reliable railway for passengers.”

Steve Fisher, London Midland head of Regional Services, said: “We will do all we can to minimise the inconvenience to our passengers during this upgrade. Electrification will mean we can add lots more trains and lots more services between Bromsgrove and Birmingham. This extra capacity will also benefit passengers travelling to Hereford and Worcester as local rail users switch to the more frequent Bromsgrove services.” 

Ben Rule, Production Director at CrossCountry, said: “A great deal of effort has been made to deliver a plan that causes the least inconvenience to our customers travelling between the West Midlands, Wales and the South West. However, we realise this is not always possible and want to thank those customers affected for their patience while these important works take place. When completed, this will deliver extra capacity and more reliable journeys on a very important part of Britain’s railways.”

Passengers are advised to check before they travel at www.nationalrail.co.uk for the latest information.

More information on the scheme can be found online: http://www.londonmidland.com/your-journey/improvement-works/ or accessed by calling Network Rail’s 24-hour helpline on 03457 114 141.

Notes:

Impact:

  • No trains will travel through Bromsgrove station during the blockade
  • London Midland will run a bus replacement service between Longbridge, Bromsgrove and Droitwich Spa
  • Hereford to Birmingham services will run at peak times via diversion between Droitwich Spa and Birmingham New Street
  • Snow Hill route services at Langley Green, Old Hill and Lye stations will be retimed with changes to stops

Aerial view from Bromsgrove station looking northAerial view of Bromsgrove station looking southEntrance to the new Bromsgrove station, opened to train services in July 2016

Looking North, South, and the station entrance. (Network Rail Images)