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Trent Valley line to receive major upgrade works throughout half-term

Nuneaton is set to see the replacement of 1000 metres worth of track, accompanied by the installation of new signalling equipment in Stafford, between Saturday 22 and Sunday 30 October, coming as part of major Trent Valley line upgrade works.

Network Rail engineers will conduct these works with the aims to improve future journeys across the important stretch of the West Coast main line through the West Midlands. This portion of the £58m investment project will require railway closure for nine days, to afford time for the works to be delivered safely.

Passengers are being advised that journeys will take longer, could involve rail replacement bus services and that timetables will be different.

Dave Penney, Network Rail passenger director for the North West and Central region, said:

“These major track and signalling improvements on the Trent Valley line will mean better, smoother and more reliable journeys for passengers and freight in future. However, complex upgrades like these mean we have no choice but to close sections of railway for old sections of track to be ripped up and replaced with new, and for new signalling equipment to be installed and tested.

“Given this work is over the half-term holidays I’d urge anyone planning to travel between 22 – 30 October to please check National Rail Enquiries to plan their journeys. I’d also like to thank passengers in advance for their patience.”

From Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 October:

  • Avanti West Coast:  An amended timetable and diversions will mean extended journey times for passengers travelling to and from London Euston.
  • London Northwestern Railway: Crewe – London Euston services will run between Rugby – London Euston only. Buses replace trains between Rugby and Stafford. Passengers are recommended to use alternative services between Stafford and Crewe
  • West Midlands Railway: Buses replace trains between Hednesford and Rugeley Trent Valley, as well as between Bermuda Park and Nuneaton

There will also be changes to services on Sundays from 2 October to 27 November.

Jonny Wiseman, customer experience director at West Midlands Railway, said:

“Investing in new track and the upkeep of our railways will support a better travel experience, providing passengers with more efficient journeys on our services in the future.

“As a result of these works, I urge passengers to check their journeys between 22- 30 October as the major upgrades will result in either longer journey times, bus replacements or alterations to services along the Trent Valley line.”

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