Birmingham railway line to close for motorway repairs

Next week, Birmingham City Council will be able to rebuild the Tame Valley Viaduct by closing the Cross City line between Birmingham and Lichfield from Monday through Saturday.

The Cross City line will close on Monday, May 27, and reopen on Sunday, June 2, due to the closure of the viaduct that spans the railway between Gravelly Hill and Aston stations.

Birmingham City Council, Network Rail and West Midlands Railway have coordinated the closure of the Cross City line, which is required for safety reasons.

The viaduct’s repairs are a part of a four and a half-year project to reinforce the main structure, fix the concrete, and grit blast and repaint the steel beams.

A rail-replacement bus service will run between Birmingham New Street and Lichfield Trent Valley during the shutdown.

Network Rail will take advantage of the line’s closure to perform various maintenance tasks, such as:

Reducing and controlling

Overhead electrical wires should be maintained so they are prepared for hot weather.
Between Sutton Coldfield and Lichfield Trent Valley stations, new signalling and testing wires need to be installed.
establishing a new access point close to Aston station to provide Network Rail employees faster access to the track.
Due to significant engineering work, the West Coast main line will also be closed during the late May bank holiday weekend in addition to the closure of the Cross City Line.

The train services between Scotland and London Euston will be impacted by this closure.

Complete information regarding the service modifications can be accessed online at

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