Birmingham passengers reminded of railway bridge upgrade this …

[1] is reminding rail passengers travelling on the Cross City line between [2] and [3] this Easter to check before they travel during major work to replace a railway bridge[4]. Rail replacement buses will be in operation between [5] and [6] from Good Friday to Easter Monday.

Cross City line train in Birmingham New Street November 2019
Cross City line train in Birmingham New Street November 2019 // Credit: Network Rail

The work is part of a £4m upgrade of the structure which takes the Sutton Park freight line over the Cross City line in [7]. The upgrade will keep freight moving across the [8] and mean more reliable journeys for passengers on both important rail routes in future.

Both lines will close from Friday 7 April until the early morning of Tuesday 11 April to enable the old bridge to be completely removed and a new one installed. The current bridge weighs a total of 64 tonnes and removing it safely requires a 111-tonne mobile crane.

Meanwhile passengers travelling south on the [9] to [10] are advised that all trains will terminate at [11] from Good Friday to Easter Monday. The is for the final phase of major improvements to a railway junction in [12] which will enable more trains to pass through the area in future. Euston station will be completely closed over the four-day bank holiday[13] while that work in Watford is carried out.

Network Rail is advising passengers to allow more time for their journeys and to plan ahead using the National Rail website[14]. People can follow the progress of improvement work using the #EasterRailWorks hashtag on Twitter.

Denise Wetton, Network Rail’s Central route director, said: “We know there’s never an ideal time to close the railway, so I’d like to thank people in advance for their patience ahead of this complex work to replace a bridge which carries freight trains over passenger services.

“This major investment has the dual benefit of making sure freight goods can travel by rail smoothly and reliably in future, as well as the thousands of people who travel daily on the important Cross City line below. My advice during the work is to please check [15] Enquiries in advance and allow more time for your journey over Easter.”

Jonny Wiseman, [16] customer experience director, said: “I’d like to thank our customers for their patience while Network Rail carries out these crucial upgrades to the railway at Sutton Coldfield.“Rail replacement transport will be in operation on the north side of the Cross City line between Birmingham and Lichfield across the entire Easter weekend, so we are urging passengers to allow more time and plan their journeys carefully.”

Maggie Simpson OBE, Rail Freight Group director general, said: “Rail freight is essential for everyday life, keeping shelves full and the lights on. It also helps keep HGVs off the road, and reduces carbon emissions. This project is critical to keep rail freight moving reliably and we thank everyone for their patience whilst this work is underway.”No roads will be closed during the bridge upgrade but the footpath and railway footbridge which runs between Sutton College and the Sutton Park line will be closed temporarily.


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