Chase Line Electrification: Walsall to Rugeley
Improvement works are taking place to enable electric trains to run between Walsall and Rugeley. Electric trains are quieter, faster and will provide more frequent services and extra seats on this route.
Why electrify the line from Walsall to Rugeley?
An increasing number of passengers use the Chase line services each year, with major improvement works required to accommodate this growth. Network Rail is investing over £100m into electrifying and upgrading the line between Walsall and Rugeley, so that a faster and more frequent service can run in the future.
Overhead wires are currently only installed as far as Walsall. London Midland currently runs diesel trains from Birmingham to Rugeley as a result. Once the electrification work on the Chase line is complete, electric trains will be able to run along the whole of the line, bringing a number of benefits.
Electric trains are quieter, faster and more environmentally friendly. They can also carry more passengers than the diesel trains that are currently used. The combination of these benefits will allow a more frequent service to run on this line in future, reducing journey times between Staffordshire and the West Midlands.
What is electrification?
Disruption to services
We are working at night as much as possible to minimise disruption to passengers. However, it will be necessary to close the line at the following times to do big pieces of work:
Sundays from 11 June until 30 July
Sunday 13 August until 28 August
Sundays from 17 September to 1 October
More information on replacement services is available on London Midland's website
Our work clearing vegetation by the railway helps to keep trains running safely and on time.
Managing the trees, shrubs and plants alongside our railway to ensure the safety of passengers and railway workers is essential, and it’s something we plan carefully and with consideration.
In order to put electric wires along the line six bridges had to be raised including complex work to the bridge which forms part of Walsall high street. All this work is now complete.