Improvement Works Taking Place this Christmas

A reduced service will run from 24 December until 2 January.

Birmingham New Street resignalling
24 December - 2 January

Improvement works are taking place to upgrade signals near to Birmingham New Street. This will improve reliability and allow for quicker journey times between Birmingham and Wolverhampton in the future.

Liverpool Lime Street upgrade
27 December

Improvement work is continuing to upgrade platforms, tracks and signalling at Liverpool Lime Street station.

Improvement works near Rugby
27 & 28 December

Improvement works are taking place on the line between Rugby and Northampton.

Map showing an overview of Christmas improvement works across the network

Everyone's journey is different - allow plenty of time for your journey and check your train times before you travel online or on our app.

Changes to train times

See how different routes are affected below.

Christmas Eve - a Sunday service will run on most routes, but services will finish earlier than usual.

Christmas Day and Boxing Day - no services.

Birmingham New Street - Walsall - Rugeley Trent Valley

Rugeley Trent Valley to Birmingham New Street line showing intermediate stations

  • 24 December - buses will replace trains between Birmingham New Street and Rugeley Trent Valley to an amended timetable
  • 27 December - 2 January - trains will run to an amended timetable.

Replacement bus stop locations:

  • Rugeley Trent Valley - in the station car park.
  • Rugeley Town - at the public bus stop near the Wharf Road / Brereton Road junction.
  • Hednesford - at the public bus stops on either side of Cannock Road.
  • Cannock - on either side of Lichfield Road by the railway bridge.
  • Landywood - at the public bus stops either side of Landywood Lane, near to the pedestrian crossing.
  • Bloxwich North - in the lay-by on Cresswell Crescent outside the former 'Eagle Pub'.
  • Bloxwich - at the public bus stop on Croxdene Avenue (one stop for both directions).
  • Walsall - on Station Street outside the entrance to the NCP car park.
  • Bescot Stadium - on either side of Bescot Crescent by the entrance to the car park.
  • Tame Bridge Parkway - by the green railings in the station car park.
  • Hamstead - on Old Walsall Road on the bridge over the railway.
  • Perry Barr - at the public bus stop on Birchfield Road near the station entrance (one stop for both directions).
  • Witton - at the public bus stop on Witton Road, under the railway bridge by the entrance to the Walsall-bound platform (one stop for both directions).
  • Aston - at the public bus stop on Lichfield Road, under the railway bridge by the entrance to the Walsall-bound platform (one stop for both directions).
  • Duddeston - on Duddeston Mill Road near the junction with Melvina Road.
  • Birmingham New Street - on Smallbrook Queensway outside TK Maxx.

Redditch - Birmingham New Street - Lichfield Trent Valley

Lichfield Trent Valley to Birmingham New Street and Redditch line showing intermediate stations

  • 27 - 30 December - trains will run every 20 minutes.
  • 31 December & 1 January - trains will run every 30 minutes.
  • Going back to work on 2 January?
    • Trains will run every 20 minutes.
    • We expect trains to be very busy on this day!
    • ​Most trains will be 6 carriages on this day except the following:
      • ​Northbound - 0712 from Redditch / 0752 from Birmingham New Street / 1612 from Redditch / 1652 from Birmingham New Street
      • Southbound - 0841 from Lichfield Trent Valley / 0920 from Birmingham New Street / 1741 from Lichfield Trent Valley / 1820 from Birmingham New Street

Birmingham New Street - Northampton - London Euston

Birmingham New Street to Northampton and London Euston line showing intermediate stations

Buses will replace trains between Rugby and Northampton all day on 27 December and until 1200 on 28 December.

  • 27 December - 2 January
    • A reduced train service will run between Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International.
    • Trains between Birmingham New Street and London Euston will run to amended timetables.

Replacement bus stop locations:

  • Rugby - outside the front of the station by the short stay car park.
  • Long Buckby - at the entrance to the station car park on Station Road.
  • Northampton - in the turning circle in the car park on the side of the station building.

Birmingham New Street - Wolverhampton (via local stations)

Wolverhampton to Birmingham New Street line via local intermediate stations

  • 27 December - 2 January
    • Buses will replace trains at all local stations between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton to amended timetables
    • A reduced train service will run non-stop between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton via an alternative route.
    • Change at Wolverhampton for trains to and from Shrewsbury.

Replacement bus stop locations:

  • Wolverhampton - in the car park at the front of the station.
  • Coseley - on Havacre lane by the entrance to the Wolverhampton-bound platform.
  • Tipton - in the lay-by at the front of the station car park.
  • Dudley Port - at the public bus stops either side of A461 Dudley Port by the railway bridge.
  • Sandwell & Dudley - at the public bus stop on Bromford Road by the station entrance (one stop for both directions).
  • Smethwick Galton Bridge - at the public bus stop on Oldbury Road at the front of the station.
  • Smethwick Rolfe Street - at the public bus stops either side of Rolfe street in front of the main station building.
  • Birmingham New Street - on Smallbrook Queensway outside TK Maxx.

Birmingham New Street - Wolverhampton - Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury to Wolverhampton and Birmingham New Street line showing intermediate stations and diversion

  • 27 - 30 December - an amended train timetable will run between Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury only.
  • 31 December - no West Midlands Railway services on this route due to Sunday timetable in operation. Arriva Trains Wales will run a Sunday level of service.
  • 1 January - no West Midlands Railway services on this route due to Sunday timetable in operation. Arriva Trains Wales will run an hourly service calling at Shrewsbury, Wellington, Telford Central and Wolverhampton ONLY. There will be no services at Bilbrook, Codsall, Albrighton, Cosford, Shifnal or Oakengates on this day.
  • 2 January - an amended train timetable will run between Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury only.

A reduced train service will run non-stop between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton via an alternative route and buses will replace trains at all local intermediate stations.

Birmingham - Wolverhampton - Liverpool

Liverpool Lime Street to Wolverhampton and Birmingham New Street line including intermediate stations

  • 27 December - an hourly train service will run as far as Liverpool South Parkway. Change onto Merseyrail services for Liverpool city centre.
  • 28 December - 2 January - an hourly train service will run to and from Liverpool Lime Street.

Trains will run non-stop between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton via an alternative route and buses will replace trains at all local intermediate stations.

Using rail replacement buses

  • If your journey involves using rail replacement buses your journey will take longer than usual.
  • If there are ticket purchasing facilities available, you must buy a rail ticket before boarding.
  • Buses are unable to carry heavy luggage, bicycles, prams or animals (other than registered assistance dogs).

If you have an advance ticket for a specific service, please ensure you board your booked trains as services are expected to be very busy over the Christmas period.

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