West Midlands and Chiltern Route Study

Between 2026 and 2043.



The draft route study was published on 30 June 2016.  It may be viewed by clicking on the link below.

west midlands and chiltern route study

The route study takes a 2043 view of the world and asks how this would fit on the current infrastructure, including the impact on level crossings and station capacity.  Its scope does not include reopened lines or new stations.   


It is based on the fact that there has been a 49% growth in the number of rail passengers since 1998 up to 1.46bn passengers.  It is estimated that the West Midlands demand growth will be 49% by 2023 and 114% by 2043.  The Marylebone demand growth will be 22% by 2023 and 76% by 2043.  Freight will see a demand growth of 2.9% per annum up to 2043.


The following items relevant to the Stourbridge line are expected for Control Period 6 (between 2019 and 2024).



For 2026 (HS2), the following are in the draft document


8 april 2016