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 services to / from Birmingham New Street from Saturday 26 May until Monday 28 May

Start date
26/05/2018  00:00
End date
Route affected
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Arriva Trains Wales between Birmingham International / Birmingham New Street and Shrewsbury / Crewe / Machynlleth / Aberystwyth / Chester / Holyhead

CrossCountry between Penzance / Plymouth / Paignton / Bournemouth / Southampton Central / Cardiff Central and Birmingham New Street / Derby / Nottingham / Leicester / Stansted Airport / Manchester Piccadilly / Leeds / York / Edinburgh / Glasgow Central / Dundee / Aberdeen

London Northwestern Railway between London Euston / Bletchley / Northampton and Liverpool Lime Street

Virgin Trains between London Euston and Birmingham New Street / Wolverhampton / Shrewsbury / Wolverhampton / Lancaster / Edinburgh / Glasgow Central

West Midlands Railway between Rugeley Trent Valley / Walsall / Lichfield Trent Valley / Lichfield City / Blake Street / Four Oaks / Coventry / Birmingham International and Birmingham New Street / Longbridge / Redditch / Bromsgrove / Worcester Shrub Hill / Hereford / Wolverhampton / Crewe

TOC(s) affected
Transport for WalesCrossCountryLondon Northwestern RailwayAvanti West CoastWest Midlands Railway

Engineering work is taking place between Birmingham New Street and Coventry all day today.

Arriva Trains Wales:

All services will terminate at Birmingham New Street, and no services will run to Birmingham International. Customers travelling to Birmingham International should use alternative services.


Replacement buses will run between Birmingham International, Coventry and Leamington Spa.

London Northwestern Railway:

Services between Birmingham New Street and London Euston will run between Coventry and London Euston only.

Replacement buses will call at all stations between Birmingham New Street and Coventry.

A reduced service will run between Coventry and Northampton, for onward connections to London Euston. Services between Northampton and London Euston will run as booked. Fast services between Crewe and London Euston will also run as booked and are not affected by these works.

Until 12:00 today, trains between Birmingham New Street and Liverpool Lime Street will run between Birmingham New Street and Crewe only, The 09:42 and 12:35 Birmingham New Street to Liverpool Lime Street services will not run. Buses will replace trains at all stations between Crewe and Liverpool South Parkway. Customers for Liverpool city centre are advised to use alternative train services from Crewe or join Merseyrail services from Liverpool South Parkway.

Further information regarding this engineering work and how London Northwestern Railway are affected can be found here.

Virgin Trains:

An hourly service will run between Birmingham New Street and London Euston via Stafford, calling at Sandwell & Dudley, Wolverhampton, Stafford and Milton Keynes Central.

An hourly service will also run between Coventry and London Euston, calling at Rugby, Milton Keynes Central and Watford Junction.

West Midlands Railway:

Further information regarding this engineering work and how West Midlands Railway are affected can be found here.

Check before you travel:

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

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages


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 to 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 work is being undertaken in four phases. The first two phases (Birmingham to Wolverhampton and Duddeston - Aston - Bescot) were successfully brought into use over Christmas 2017. The third stage in May, will resignal the complex set of junctions at Proof House Junction (east of Birmingham) and the railway through Birmingham International station towards Coventry. The final stage will be resignalling of the whole Birmingham New Street station complex in 2021.

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