Railway reopens at Bromsgrove after £100m signal and track upgrade finishes ahead of schedule

The railway line at Bromsgrove reopened today (7 November) after Network Rail completed a £100m upgrade to track and signalling through the area ahead of schedule.

New train station at night

The project at Bromsgrove has already delivered the new Bromsgrove station. This phase of the scheme reconfigured the track, points and crossings in the area around the station, and has brought into use the new signalling between Five Ways (Birmingham) and Ashchurch in Gloucestershire, in preparation for electrification to Bromsgrove. This will increase the number of trains serving Bromsgrove station from December 2017.

"This work was completed ahead of schedule, with the least amount of disruption to passengers and is an important part of our Railway Upgrade Plan to modernise the railway through the area to provide passengers with more frequent services and a more reliable, better railway." Richard Dugdale, senior sponsor for Network Rail

"Our engineers worked quickly and safely to complete this work ahead of schedule and we worked closely with the train operators involved to carefully plan these improvements to cause the least amount of disruption to passengers. I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while the improvements took place.

"Our Railway Upgrade Plan is delivering significant investment into the railway network which will provide a better, more reliable railway for passengers." 

The next phase of the project will be to electrify the line at Bromsgrove. This work will take place at weekends ahead of the power being switched on in September 2017 and will enable more train services to serve the station from December 2017.

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Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain’s railway – the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts, and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.6bn journeys by rail every year - double the number of 1996 - and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We’re investing £38bn in the railway by 2019 to deliver more frequent, more reliable, safer services and brighter and better stations.

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