Planned train disruptions and engineering works

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

Great Malvern Canopy Refurbishment Works

Network Rail are carrying out essential works to restore the platform canopies at Great Malvern from Saturday 21 May until Saturday 19 November. During this time, hoarding will be in place on both platforms, reducing the amount of space available.

How will this affect me?

These works will not impact the train service, but we want to ensure you’re aware that there will be less standing room on platforms, as the areas under the platform canopies will be covered by hoarding. Please take care when boarding / alighting and waiting for services. Access to the ticket office, waiting room and Lady Foley's Tea Room is still available.

Do you require assistance?

If you require assistance, you can book in advance here.

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.

Planned improvement works

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



Dates Alterations
Sat, 21/05/2022 to Sun, 22/05/2022 Buses replace trains between Worcester Shrub Hill and Hereford on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May
Locations affected: Great Western between London Paddington and Great Malvern / Hereford West Midlands Railway between Birmingham New Street and Great Malvern / Hereford
Mon, 23/05/2022 to Thu, 26/05/2022 Amended 23:19 Birmingham New Street to Hednesford service from Monday 23 to Thursday 26 May
Locations affected: Between Birmingham New Street and Hednesford 
Sat, 28/05/2022 to Sun, 29/05/2022 Buses replace trains between Worcester and Great Malvern / Hereford on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May
Locations affected: Great Western Railway between London Paddington / Bristol Temple Meads and Great Malvern / Hereford West Midlands Railway between Birmingham New Street and Hereford
Sat, 28/05/2022 to Sun, 29/05/2022 Buses replace trains between Lichfield Trent Valley / Four Oaks and Birmingham New Street on Saturday 28 May
Locations affected: Between Birmingham New Street / Bromsgrove and Lichfield Trent Valley
Mon, 30/05/2022 Amended late night / early morning services between Great Malvern and Hereford on Monday 30 May
Locations affected: Between Birmingham New Street and Hereford
Tue, 31/05/2022 Buses replace trains between Longbridge and Redditch on Tuesday 31 May
Locations affected: Between Four Oaks / Birmingham New Street and Redditch