Planned Train Disruptions and Engineering Works

As well as regular engineering and improvement works, long term projects are also taking place across the network in 2021 / 2022. These may cause some changes to your journey.

New Street Resignalling Project (from January 2021- Summer 2022)

Network Rail are carrying out essential upgrade works to the signalling equipment at Birmingham New Street over an 18 month period, starting on Sunday 24 January 2021. During this time, a rolling plan of platform closures will take place at Birmingham New Street.

  • A full timetable will continue to run during this time, but trains will arrive at / depart from different platforms than usual at Birmingham New Street.
  • Your train may not arrive at / depart from the usual platform at Birmingham New Street.

Plan ahead, and allow extra time to check your platform on station departure boards, or in journey planning apps

Listen out for announcements at stations & on board services.

Book assistance in advance

If you require assistance with your journey please book in advance here

Why is the work taking place?

Signals help us to keep trains moving safely, and it's essential that this equipment is regularly maintained / upgraded. The works taking place at Birmingham New Street will help build a safe, modern and more reliable railway.

You can find out more about the project here

Perry Barr Station Redevelopment (From May 2021 - May 2022)

What's happening?

From Monday 10 May 2021, Perry Barr Railway Station will be closed for a large refurbishment project. This means trains will not call at the station during this time, and passengers will not be able to get on or off trains from this station.

The closure is part of a large regeneration plan for the area, being built on the existing site. The current station will be demolished to make way for a new, modern and more accessible station for Perry Barr, scheduled to reopen in May 2022.

Alternative Travel Arrangements

Customers are advised to access the rail network from Witton Station whilst Perry Barr Station is closed.

Rail passengers with West Midlands Railway season tickets, nTrain zonal tickets on a Swift card and single or return tickets that are marked with Perry Barr or Witton will be able to use their train tickets on local National Express West Midlands’ buses (listed below) to travel to/from Witton and Hamstead rail stations.

  • 11A/11C Perry Barr – Witton Station
  • 54/54A Hamstead Station - Perry Barr Station

The above rail tickets may also be used to travel to/from Birmingham City Centre, Aston or Walsall on the buses listed below. Train tickets can only be used to travel by bus to/from the destinations permitted on the train.

  • 51 Birmingham - Aston - Perry Barr - Walsall
  • 52 Perry Barr Station - Birmingham
  • 33, 907, 934, 935, 936, 937/937A, 997 Perry Barr (Wellhead Lane) - Aston - Birmingham

Please note, the time of travel on the bus must match the permitted time on the train ticket. For example, off peak tickets cannot be used before 9.30am on a weekday.

Refunds & Season Tickets

Season ticket holders for Perry Barr Station (Zone 2 season tickets) will be able to use their season ticket for travel to/from Witton Station or any other Zone 2 station. For a full list of Zone 2 stations please visit our network map.

If passengers prefer to be issued with a refund then you can find information on our full refund process on our Season Ticket refunds and Non-Season Ticket refunds pages.

Accessibility Information

National Express West Midlands Bus services between Perry Barr Station and Witton Station are fully accessible. If you require assistance when travelling on our services, then you can book in advance by clicking here.

Find out more about the Perry Barr Station redevelopment project on the What’s New Perry Barr page.

Network Rail is carrying out essential works through November impacting journeys between Bermuda Park – Nuneaton:

Sunday 14 November (all day) and Sunday 21 November (until 12.10)

  • Accessible buses replace trains between Bermuda Park - Nuneaton

Essential works are being delivered in October, impacting journeys across our network. If you’re travelling during this time, please remember to plan ahead. Check the information below to see if your journey will be impacted.

Cross City Line (Birmingham New St – Redditch / Bromsgrove)

Works to deliver a brand-new station at University are continuing in October. As a result, a line closure will take place on Sunday 3 October, during this time:

  • Buses replace trains between Birmingham New St – Bromsgrove / Redditch
  • Cross Country services will also be unable to call at University

Click here to find out more about the new University station

Birmingham – Worcester / Hereford

Sunday 3 October

  • Buses replace trains between Birmingham New St – Droitwich Spa (also calling at University and Bromsgrove).
  • West Midlands Railway services will continue to run between Hereford / Great Malvern / Worcester – Birmingham.
  • Hereford – New St trains will run via a diverted route to start / terminate at Birmingham Snow Hill.

Sunday 31 October

  • Buses replace trains on Snow Hill line services between Worcester stations – Stourbridge Junction.

Works impacting journeys through Wolverhampton

Works are taking place in the Wolverhampton area in October. As a result, the following alterations to services will be in place:

Sunday 10 October

  • Buses replace trains between Birmingham New St – Wolverhampton calling at all stations.
  • Shrewsbury line services will run between Shrewsbury – Wolverhampton only.
  • Long distance services to/from Liverpool will be diverted between Wolverhampton – Birmingham New St.

Sunday 31 October

  • Trains will be running between Birmingham New St – Tipton.
  • Buses replace trains between Tipton – Wolverhampton, and Wolverhampton – Stafford.
  • Shrewsbury line services will run between Shrewsbury – Wolverhampton only.
  • Long distance services to/from Liverpool will run between Liverpool – Crewe only.

Planned improvement works

Check the calendar for a summary of the work we’ve got planned over the next few week



Dates Alterations
Sat, 23/10/2021 to Sun, 24/10/2021 Amended service to / from Shrewsbury on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 October
Locations affected: Avanti West Coast between London Euston and Shrewsbury West Midlands Railway between Birmingham New Street and Shrewsbury
Mon, 25/10/2021 to Thu, 28/10/2021 Amended 23:19 Birmingham New Street to Hednesford service from Monday 25 to Thursday 28 October
Locations affected: 23:19 Birmingham New Street to Hednesford
Sat, 30/10/2021 to Sun, 31/10/2021 Amended service between Wolverhampton and Birmingham New Street on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 October
Locations affected: Avanti West Coast between London Kings Cross / Birmingham New Street and Liverpool Lime Street / Preston / Carlisle / Glasgow Central / Edinburgh CrossCountry between Bournemouth / Basingstoke / Reading / Birmingham New Street and Manchester Piccadilly London Northwestern Railway between Birmingham New Street and Crewe / Liverpool Lime Street Transport for Wales between Birmingham International and Pwllheli / Chester / Manchester Piccadilly / Holyhead West Midlands Railway between Rugeley Trent Valley / Walsall / Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton / Shrewsbury 
Sun, 31/10/2021 CANCELLED: Engineering work between Kidderminster and Droitwich Spa on Sunday 31 October
Locations affected: Between Stratford-upon-Avon and Worcester Shrub Hill/ Great Malvern / Worcester Foregate Street, between Birmingham Moor Street and Worcester Shrub Hill / Great Malvern, and also between Birmingham Snow Hill and Great Malvern