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12 september 2019
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Midlands Connect has announced a £3.5billion programme of improvements that will deliver a step-change in rail connectivity across the East and West Midlands region. The programme is made up of seven projects, identified and developed due to their fundamental importance in ensuring the region’s future social, environmental, and economic success. To read the “Midlands Engine Rail” document, click on the date to the left.
Engineering work will take place on the Chiltern main line on 14/15 September and 22 September with no through trains operating between the West Midlands and London Marylebone. The majority of Chiltern services on the Stourbridge line will operate but the 0910 from Kidderminster on 14 September, 1113 from Kidderminster on 22 September and the 2310 arrival at Kidderminster on 22 September have been cancelled. Full details may be viewed by clicking on the date to the left.
Essential track replacement work will be taking place between Worcester Shrub Hill and Droitwich Spa over the weekends of 28/29 September and 5/6 October. Stourbridge line services will terminate at Droitwich Spa with bus replacement services operating between Droitwich and Worcester. The information provided by West Midlands Railway may be viewed by clicking on the date to the left.
Work has started on replacing the worn out canopies at Stourbridge Junction station. This follows a long campaign by the Stourbridge Line User Group. Full details and photographs of the work as it progresses can be viewed on this website by clicking on the date to the left.
A consortium consisting of FirstGroup and Italian firm Trenitalia is to take over the running of the West Coast mainline train route, connecting London Euston to Glasgow Central, from December, replacing Virgin Trains, which was barred from bidding to keep the route. The new partnership will operate in two phases. The first will run from 8 December to March 2026, when First Trenitalia will operate the existing InterCity West Coast services. The second phase will run from March 2026 to March 2031, when it will operate the HS2 high-speed rail service.