Rail upgrades improve line ahead of Commonwealth Games - say Network Rail - The Solihull Observer

Rail upgrades improve line ahead of Commonwealth Games - say Network Rail

Solihull Editorial 1st Jul, 2022   0

RAIL PASSENGERS travelling Dorridge and Birmingham Moor Street have a more reliable railway after work was completed ahead of the Commonwealth Games – say Network Rail.

The work included switches and crossings – which allow trains to move from one track to another – being replaced at the Tyseley train maintenance depot between June 20 and 24.

Network Rail say the new sections of track give more reliable access for trains in and out of the depot which is an important site for operators West Midlands Railway and CrossCountry.

During the rail closure engineers and maintenance staff also stressed rails to cope better with hot weather, removed overgrown plants and graffiti and carried out a deep clean of Birmingham Moor Street station.

More than 20 volunteers from the Friends of the Shakespeare line also installed 11 large planters and replanted existing ones as part of work to improve the station for passengers ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

Denise Wetton, Network Rail’s central route director, said: “These upgrades will improve journeys across the wider West Midlands, providing passengers with an efficient, cleaner and more reliable railway throughout our major summer of sport.

“The work will also help to reduce the risk of station platforms becoming overcrowded as a result of the predicted one million extra passenger journeys during the Commonwealth Games.”

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