Cross Country journeys to be affected next month near Coventry for engineering works

Network Rail engineers are set to improve works for the upcoming HS2 line
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Rail passengers are being advised about changes to journeys in August while engineering work takes place in Birmingham. Alterations to tracks will be in place from Saturday, August 17 to Monday, August 26 as part of long-term improvements to the network, including the UK's new high-speed railway, HS2.

The works will take place in the Duddleston area of Birmingham, including relocating a railway signal and moving a section of track across a new bridge at Duddeston Mill Road built by HS2. The changes will allow HS2 to build a new viaduct which will carry high-speed trains over the existing railway and into Birmingham Curzon Street station in the future.

Engineers will also be replacing 450 metres of track and two 'crossovers' to enable trains to move from one track to another between Birmingham New Street and Coleshill Parkway. A third crossover is being relocated to improve the flow of trains within the area.

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The routes affected include services between:

Birmingham New Street and Leicester, Peterborough, Cambridge and Stansted Airport. Cardiff Central and Birmingham New Street to Nottingham. Scotland, the North East to Birmingham New Street and the South West.

These upgrades will help to make passenger journeys smoother and more reliable for travellers and freight services. The scale of this phase of work means the railway must be closed to trains over the 10 days.

Director of 'On Network Works' for Network Rail and HS2, Patrick Cawley, said: "Work to prepare for HS2 is progressing well in Birmingham and I'd like to thank passengers for their patience while we carry out this next phase of work to move tracks and a railway signal at Duddeston in August.

"If you're planning to travel while the railway is closed, please check your journey in advance with CrossCountry or by using the National Rail Enquiries website or app."

Cross Country's Regional Director for the West Midlands and North West, Georgia Ehrmann, added: "I want to thank passengers in advance for their patience while our industry partners carry out this vital work to prepare for the arrival of HS2.

"We’d ask passengers planning to travel to Water Orton and Coleshill Parkway, or through the Birmingham area between 16 and 27 August to check before travelling and leave more time than usual for their journey."

Cross Country's long-distance trains will be diverted around the work, but this will mean longer journey times, Network Rail said. The train operator's regional services linking the East Midlands and Anglia with Birmingham will start and finish at Coleshill Parkway.

Replacement buses will operate between Coleshill Parkway, Water Orton and Birmingham New Street stations. Improvement work will also be taking place over the weekends 10 to 11 August and 31 August to 1 September affecting CrossCountry journeys.

Motorists are being advised that during the major work, Coleshill Parkway station car park will be closed between Saturday 17 and Tuesday 27 August. Customers are being asked to remove all vehicles by the end of Friday 16 August.

For more information about National Rail, click here or you can find further information on the Cross Country website.

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