Commonwealth Games 2022: Four day rail closure to prepare for Birmingham

Four day rail closure to prepare for Birmingham – The rail passengers in Birmingham are warned about a four day rail closure to fix the problems before the Commonwealth Games kick off. The rail service is preparing for the smooth transport of sporting fans from across the world. 

The four day closure will affect Chiltern Railway service between Birmingham Moor Street and Dorridge Station. The closure is scheduled from 20 to 23 June 2022. 

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Four day rail closure to prepare for Birmingham

Commonwealth Games 2022: Four day rail closure to prepare for Birmingham
Commonwealth Games 2022: Four day rail closure to prepare for Birmingham

The Network Rail has planned to spend £3m to improve switches and crossings at Tyseley maintenance depot. This is a key site for West Midlands Railway, Chiltern Railways and CrossCountry. 

The step has been taken to prevent any issue during the Commonwealth Games. Any error during the games can create risk of overcrowding at major stations serving sports venues. 

Commenting on the rail closure, Chiltern Railways said, 

Birmingham to London Marylebone trains would not travel between the two stations. One train per hour would run between Dorridge and London Marylebone, and on the Shakespeare line to Stratford-upon-Avon, there would be no West Midlands Trains services between Birmingham Moor Street and Spring Road stations.

To meet the travelling needs of passengers, a replacement bus service is scheduled to be operated between Dorridge and Birmingham International. 

During the four day work, the Moor Street station will undergo renovation. The station will be cleaned and repainted. 

The passengers travelling on these routes are advised to check the websites before travelling. 

Denise Wetton, Network Rail’s central route director said that there was never an ideal time to close the railway. But since mid week closure looked a less disruptive option, the 20-23 June was decided. Denise also feels that four day closure will serve the passengers a cleaner, fresher and reliable railway service throughout the games. 

Any changes to these plans will be made public to all passengers as soon as possible.

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