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Published on : Friday, February 26, 2016
Millions of passengers will benefit from major railway improvements being carried out this Easter – but they are being urged to check before they travel as some journeys will be affected over the bank holiday weekend.
As part of its £40bn Railway Upgrade Plan, Network Rail will carry out the biggest ever Easter investment programme to help provide passengers with a better, more reliable railway. To do this there will be some changes to the normal timetable as the quieter period of travel is maximised to deliver the most amount of work.
In the West Midlands, the £250m upgrade of the railway between Stafford and Crewe will be virtually completed when a new flyover at Norton Bridge opens to trains, removing one of the last bottlenecks on the West Coast main line.
Elsewhere, a major junction – which allows trains to change tracks and routes – is being replaced between Birmingham and Wolverhampton to make it more reliable in the future. This will mean there will be a significantly reduced service between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton over the Easter weekend and for the Tuesday and Wednesday afterwards.