Future engineering work

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See details of routes affected by planned engineering works, including when they take effect, maps of the affected area, alternative timetables, advice for alternative travel and real-time updates.

Amended service between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton from Sunday 24 December until Tuesday 2 January

Start date
24/12/2017  00:00
End date
Route affected
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Arriva Trains Wales between Birmingham International and Holyhead / Aberystwyth / Llandudno

CrossCountry between Manchester Piccadilly and Bristol Temple Meads / Bournemouth / Southampton Central / Exeter St Davids / Penzance / Cardiff Central

London Northwestern Railway between Birmingham New Street and Liverpool Lime Street

Virgin Trains between London Euston and Wolverhampton / Shrewsbury / Manchester Piccadilly / Scotland

West Midlands Railway between Walsall and Wolverhampton and also between Birmingham New Street and Shrewsbury

TOC(s) affected
Arriva Trains WalesCrossCountryLondon Northwestern RailwayVirgin TrainsWest Midlands Railway

Network Rail are carrying out track renewal work at a major junction between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton. In addition, the two Birmingham - Wolverhampton rail routes (via Sandwell & Dudley and via Aston) will see new signalling systems brought into use at different times.

Arriva Trains Wales

Trains will not run between Birmingham International / Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton. Customers are advised to use other train operator's services. Replacement buses will be in place for Smethwick Galton Bridge connections.


Trains will divert between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton, extending journey times slightly. Some trains will not call at Stafford.

West Midlands Railway / London Northwestern Railway

Trains will run to a reduced timetable and will be diverted between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton. Buses will replace trains at all intermediate stations.

Trains from Shrewsbury will terminate at Wolverhampton.

Virgin Trains

Trains will be diverted between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton, not calling at Sandwell & Dudley. Buses run between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton so customers can travel to and from Sandwell & Dudley.

Planning your Journey

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner


Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

The signalling system in the Birmingham New Street area dates back to the 1960s. It needs to be replaced to safely and reliably manage the 1,100 trains per day which use the station. The £246m upgrade is part of a wider £600m+ resignalling programme which has already seen signalling replaced across most of the West Midlands area (Snow Hill lines, Walsall, Bromsgrove, Wolverhampton, Coventry), with the Birmingham International and Birmingham New Street areas still to do.

The track at Soho North Junction (near Smethwick) will be completely replaced. This is an important junction carrying freight and other services from the south west across the Birmingham-Wolverhampton line. The junction is nearing the end of its life and has a speed restriction on it which will be removed after the work.

The outcome of these works will be a better, more reliable railway, with more capacity between Wolverhampton and Birmingham.