Stratford passengers warned of four-day rail line closure

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RAIL chiefs have reminded passengers that there will be a four-day rail closure later this month as work continues to improve routes for the Commonwealth Games.

Network Rail has announced that the Chiltern Main Line between Dorridge and Birmingham Moor Street will not be in service between Monday June 20 and Thursday June 23 as part of a £3million investment. The essential improvements also mean that on the Shakespeare to Stratford line there will be no trains running between Moor Street and Spring Road stations.

Work includes overhauling switches and level crossings, as well as relocating sections of track which allow trains to access and leave Tyseley depot – an important site for West Midlands Railway, CrossCountry and Chiltern operators Railways. Network Rail said replacing complex equipment now would help services run smoothly during this summer’s Games, which run from July 28 to August 8, when more than a million extra passenger journeys across the West Midlands are expected.

Denise Wetton, Network Rail’s Central Route Manager, said: ‘There is never a perfect time to close the railway and a mid-week closure for work like this is rare, but After carefully reviewing recent passenger numbers on this route, we have found that now is the least disruptive time to make these critical improvements. These improvements will benefit travel across the wider West Midlands, providing passengers with an efficient, cleaner and more reliable railway throughout our great sporting summer.

Rail replacement buses will be in service and people are urged to plan ahead at www.nationalrail.co.uk.



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