Inspect before you travel this Christmas and New Year as railway investment suggests changes to West Midlands trains.( Network Rail).

Check before you travel this Christmas and New Year as railway investment means changes to West Midlands trains

Birmingham New Street and Grand Central– by night.(Network Rail Image) Train customers in the West Midlands are being urged to prepare journeys ahead of time and enable additional time over the joyful period while work takes place to make the train more reliable.Certain services in and

from Birmingham New Street station will be affected by track and signalling upgrades between there and Wolverhampton. This work becomes part of Britain’s Train Upgrade Plan.Signalling equipment in the Birmingham New Street location is more than 50 years old and needs replacing.From 9.30 pm on to on, Network Rail’s Team Orange engineers will be replacing a significant junction near Smethwick.They’ll also be bringing into usage new signalling devices on both routes(through Sandwell &Dudley and through Aston)in between Birmingham and Wolverhampton.This will affected train services in between New Street and Rugeley Trent Valley after 9.30 pm on. Trains between New Street and Wolverhampton, and on the Cross City line, will & be affected between and.

Richard Dugdale, Network Rail’s senior plan sponsor for the work, stated:” Half the regular number of individuals travel by train at Christmas and New Year so we are taking the opportunity to finish a big quantity of signalling and trackupgrades. That method we cause the least amount of disturbance to the fewest number of individuals

. Train travelers should check before they travel on and permit additional time for their journeys. “The ₤ 246m plan is part of a larger ₤ 600m +programme to update signalling throughout the West Midlands including Bromsgrove, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Coventry and on the path between Stourbridge and Banbury by means of Birmingham Snow Hill.Early next year the signalling in between Birmingham New Street and

Birmingham International stations will likewise be replaced.Train operators affected by the work this Christmas and New Year include Virgin Trains, West Midlands Trains, Arriva Trains Wales and CrossCountry.Natasha Grice, general supervisor for Virgin Trains in the West Midlands

, stated:”We will be back up and working on, with two rather of 3 trains an hour to and from London in addition to our hourly

service to Scotland. Customers at Wolverhampton will have to change trains at either Birmingham New Street or Stafford to get to the capital, and permit longer journey times. There will be no services calling at Sandwell & Dudley. As constantly the very best suggestions is to inspect prior to you take a trip. Our normal service will resume on.” Richard Brooks, customer care director for West Midlands Railway, said: “These are interesting times with record levels of investment entering into train services. The work prepared over Christmas will bring the advantages of this investment an action nearer. The message over the coming weeks is check before you take a trip. And remember, at & this time of year last trains get extremely busy, so plan ahead and do not get left.”Cross Nation’s managing director, Andrew Cooper, said:”We comprehend individuals don’t desire their journeys interfered with, especially at this time of year, and apologise if any of our customers are delayed by this important work. Many parts of Britain’s trains need to be replaced or maintained to guarantee our customers can take a trip securely and conveniently, and we have actually worked together with our market partners to keep any disturbance to a minimum.”Phil Edwards, assistant director transportation and connectivity at Birmingham City board, stated: “With the Christmas festivities in full swing, as well as a variety of major transport jobs and developments occurring, the city continues to be really hectic. Our recommendations stays to leave the cars and truck in the house and utilize the numerous public transportation choices, walk or cycle whenever possible. It is very important to plan ahead and always inspect services prior to you take a trip, not forgetting to prepare for the journey home. If you

go back to deal with train services might still be affected by the improvement works being performed by Network Rail. “Travelers can prepare their Christmas travel at. For specific Birmingham New Street information follow @NetworkRailBHM or contact your train operator.Nationally 10s of thousands of guests will take advantage of a better train as a result of Network Rail’s most significant ever Christmas investment program which will see ₤ 160m invested as part of the ₤ 50bn Train Update Plan.A 32,600-strong workforce will be implanting around the clock this holiday season to provide more trusted facilities, decreased journey times and improved centers and services for travelers when they return to work.Work occurring somewhere else on the train in between London Euston and Carlisle includes a bridge replacement on the West Coast primary line between Rugby and Stafford; track renewal between Northampton and Rugby;

station work at Liverpool Lime Street and resignalling in the Liverpool area; improvements to the Wyre Viaduct in between Preston and Lancaster; and track renewal through platforms 13 and 14 at Manchester Piccadilly.