Cannock station

Track renewal being carried out between Walsall and Cannock

Network Rail engineers are carrying out track renewal works on the Chase line between Walsall and Cannock, improving journeys for passengers in the West Midlands.

The £500,000 investment will increase reliability on the line, which connects Rugeley Trent Valley with Birmingham New Street, via Walsall.

Work has been taking place over four consecutive Saturdays, beginning on June 27, 2021 and set to conclude on July 18, 2021.

During the works, parts of the track will be closed with services running between Birmingham New Street and Walsall only. Replacement bus services will then be in operation between Walsall and Rugeley Trent Valley.

Dave Penney, Network Rail’s Central Route Director, said: “These essential upgrades to the Chase line are part of Network Rail’s commitment to get the railway in the best possible shape as passengers return to the network after the coronavirus lockdown.

“The improvements will mean fewer delays caused by track related issues and the new rails will mean smoother journeys for passengers. I’d urge anyone planning to travel on Sundays over upcoming weeks to check before they travel for the latest information.”

Jonny Wiseman, Customer Experience Director for West Midlands Railway, added: “We know our customers appreciate a smooth ride which is why it is important we allow Network Rail to access tracks to carry out these improvements.

“I thank our passengers on the Chase line for their patience while these works are carried out and I urge anyone needing to travel on affected Sundays to plan ahead.”

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