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Passengers advised of upgrade work affecting rail services between Birmingham, Wolverhampton

Passengers planning to travel between Birmingham New Street, Wolverhampton, Stafford and Telford over the bank holiday weekend are being urged to check before they travel as upgrade work on the rail network will mean changes to train services.

As part of its commitment to provide a safe, reliable and efficient railway, Network Rail will upgrade signalling in the area and renew level crossings, including the Noose Lane level crossing near Wolverhampton.

Much of the work can only take place when trains are not running and to keep disruption to a minimum, lines in the area will be closed over the bank holiday weekend which is traditionally a quieter time on the railway.

The work will take place from late on Saturday night, all day Sunday and Monday with the railway reopening as usual on Tuesday. Alternative routes and bus replacement services may be used both of which could mean longer journeys than usual.

Liam Sumpter, area director for Network Rail, said: “There is never a good time to close the railway so we plan our upgrade and maintenance work to take place at a time which will cause the least disruption to the fewest number of people.

“Upgrading the signalling along this section of railway and renewing level crossings will help to provide a more reliable railway which will cause fewer delays in the future.

“I apologise for any disruption caused and advise passengers to check before they travel for the latest information.”

A further closure will be required to complete the resignalling work and Network Rail is working with affected train operators to confirm and publicise these dates as soon as possible.

For the latest information and to plan journeys visit www.nationalrail.co.uk.

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